You may have caught the row across the Atlantic this week in which a white student was excoriated by a female black activist for having dreadlocks. With cries of 'cultural appropriation' the lad was told that dreads belonged to black people and whitey should be banned from sporting them.
In an unbelievably crass and ignorant piece in the Indie this morning by the improbably named Wedaeli Chibelushi the idea of cultural appropriation is strongly defended.
OK, then, very well. Keep the dreads. But lose the clothes - the jeans, underwear, tees, shoes, skirts, frocks and dresses - please. They don't belong to you. They're ours - western, European. Your wearing of our clothes is also cultural appropriation. Before you wore our clothes you were naked natives - with dreads, beads, feathers, mud decoration and maybe a blanket.
Please therefore go back to animal skins (which you provide yourselves) or to blankets (which we make and sell to you - and it's OK, we never wore them as clothes, so they don't count) and revel in your cultural purity.
It will certainly make a night out in Birmingham more interesting.