What you need to know about the cultural appropriation debate

A heated debate over cultural appropriation and free speech boiled over in Canadian media after a controversial opinion piece was published last week that that encouraged white writers to explore “the lives of people who aren’t like you.”

The controversy began when novelist and former editor of the Writers’ Union of Canada’s publication Hal Niedzviecki penned an editorial in Write magazine under the headline “Winning the Appropriation Prize” where he argued that he did “not believe in cultural appropriation” in the context of literature and encouraged writers to “write what they don’t know.”

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