Oh where do I start with this one. Cultural appropriation has always been there, only now made more visible in mainstream usually with the crossover of black affiliated styles and movement making its way into white music and fashion.
White in the America signifies mainstream. Since black Americans are in the minority,
you can see how seeing parts and pieces of this subculture being incorporated into the mainstream culture without due credit can cause some grievances.
Borrowing from other cultures has been happening since the beginning of tribe, culture and society creation. It’s nothing new and its still happening today not just between whites and blacks in America alone but through the world. Asians borrow from American culture, Africans borrow from European culture, Latin Americans borrow from African culture, African culture borrow from Arabic culture, and on and on the cycle goes.
It’s not a bad thing, its a human thing.
The only reason its seems so polarizing and hate-filled in America is because of the deep history that both blacks and whites share in this country. Of course that history has been anything but civil or democratic.
The moral of the story is that in the 21st Century the world is now a village.
Ideas and styles will melt into each other like Pollock on canvas.
Special thanks to a little invention we call, the internet.