Persecuting people for “cultural appropriation” has gone way over the line and threatens to turn Elvis Presley into a symbol of hate, says editorialist Kenan Malik of the New York Times.
Malik is furious – and rightfully so – about a recent case in Canada in which 3 editors lost their jobs after expressing support for an editorial defending the right of white authors to create non-white characters.
Let’s see, unless Charles Schultz, Mark Twain and others were evil, racist hacks…that indeed sounds like a good case.
But liberals on social media went berserk, and forced resignations from the 3 men, with the publication itself apologizing and calling the editorial “deeply racist.”
If Elvis had been prevented from “appropriating” blues in the South, it would not have prevented racism or Jim Crow – only prevented the greater public from hearing Elvis or rock music, Malik argues.
“70 years ago, radio stations would not play black music on their rotations. Today, white painters who paint non-white subjects are considered racists,” he writes.