Content warning for descriptions of racism.
Cultural appropriation is an important concept that has gotten more and more attention in recent years. It occurs when someone, usually a member of a dominant culture, takes on aspects of another culture that has been oppressed by that dominant group.
The person who appropriates often gets cultural or economic capital – such as admiration, money, or artistic inspiration – from it, while the appropriated culture gets mistreated for doing the exact same thing. A common example is the appropriation of black hairstyles by white people. Cultural appropriation can lead to cultures being exploited, misrepresented and erased.