July 20, 2015
Jim Goad: When Is Cultural Appropriation Inappropriate?
Jim Goad writes:
You always hear that white people stole rock ‘n’ roll from blacks, but you never hear the incontrovertible fact that these black rock ‘n’ rollers were playing instruments invented by whites through electronic equipment invented by whites onto vinyl records invented by whites while singing in English, that palest of languages. Any realist whose brain isn’t addled with an emotional agenda would concede that rock ‘n’ roll was a cultural collaboration between white and black Southerners that was subsequently lifted by Northern record executives and, ultimately, the bloody English.
I’m actually developing a theory that rock & roll was stolen from blacks by other blacks.
Still a work in progress, but see this for instance.