This thread is not a left v. right situation and I am genuinely interested in how Dopers (most of whom, let’s face it, are on the left) feel about it.
Although there have been other incidents, the one this week in Montreal really brought it home. The Montreal Jazz Fest featured a performance called “Slaves” in which mostly white actors played the part of slaves and, among other things, sang Negro spirituals. After a huge protest by the black community, the organizers of the Fest finally canceled it. The cry went “Cultural appropriation; only blacks should be allowed to play black roles”.
If you accept that then you should ban Hamilton, you should not let black sopranos sing Italian opera. And the Negro spirituals should be sung only by Jews since they seem to be based entirely on the Passover story (of redemption from slavery, to be sure, which is their main message). Cultural borrowing (as I like to call it) has been going on for as long as cultures have met.
What think ye, Dopers?