By Letter to the Editor on May 13, 2018.
I have been reading a bit about the young lady in Utah who wore a cheongsam to her high school prom. The response about cultural appropriation seems to have taken on a life of its own. It seems to me that there is a greater cultural appropriation which most of the people involved with this issue have missed.
English is a Germanic language. A lot of the people who are taking offence and umbridge at the young lady’s attire aren’t Germanic. Yet they have appropriated English (language is, after all cultural) to condemn her.
So, the only fair thing to do is to demand that all people who are not culturally entitled to use English, stop using it instantly. It is an affront to our culture. Stop immediately I say: you culture thieves. How dare you write to and about her in English.
Of course, we could just understand that this is a global village and if you want to look for genetic or cultural purity, you might want to take an historical approach: the present is a blend of all humanity. Your choice.
Randy Van Zwol
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