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Sun May 13, 2018, 05:49 PM

10. Cultural appropriation because it's "cool"

This, I think, is where it becomes really confusing. It's fine to enjoy a black hip hop artist if you are white, but you are not part of the in-group who gets to use the "n" word. Reaction to music is visceral. It's tough to differentiate between appreciating and belonging. But you know what, as much as I like Nitty Scott's "PXSSY POWAH", I'm not going to pretend that, as a middle aged white dude, I identify with her.



However (and you can disagree if you like), it seems younger people feel a stronger desire to belong to an in-group. Anyway, that was what came to mind when the young woman in the video asked her question.

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