Thinking about Cultural Appropriation, Racism, White Privilege, and Miley Cyrus

I am interested in issues of cultural ownership and cultural appropriation, white privilege, and how these impact cultural citizenship practices for Black people in the Americas. And as I think through these complex issues, I’ve found many of the response to Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance to be extremely helpful and right on. Below I’ve posted links to just a few of them.

I also like to think about this issue (Miley) in conjunction with other events that illustrate how white privilege works to permeate everything and remove race from the discussion. See this fantastic piece by Jamilah Lemieux: