We hear the term "cultural appropriation" used often. Headlines like:
"Kylie Jenner slammed for cultural appropriation."
"Coachella attendees appropriate Native American headdress."
"Moana costume is cultural appropriation."
The list goes on. The phrase is used so often, that many simply see it as a buzz word and tune it out.
Cultural appropriation is the adoption of the elements of one culture by members of another culture.
Usually, the adopters are of a dominant group who systematically oppress the group they are now adopting from.
Here are some pointed examples of what cultural appropriation is and why it's problematic.