Fashion Has a Big Problem With Cultural Appropriation, but Not Yet a Solution

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When James O. Young published his book Cultural Appropriation in the Arts in 2008, he believed it was too late.

The philosopher and professor spent the 1990s and early 2000s studying how artists and musicians took influence from minority cultures in their work. But as the aughts came to a close, Young felt that the once fiery debate over appropriation and appreciation had lost some of its fervor.

“I thought, ‘No one is covering cultural appropriation in 2008. No one is ever going to read this book,’” Young told The Daily Beast. “I couldn’t have been more wrong.”

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