I'm saying if you want to understand how a minority group feels about a specific example, seek out the opinions of that minority group.
The theory has been more than adequately covered.
So I've been thinking about this CA discussion over the last couple of days and have actually done what has been suggested multiple times in this thread. I've asked minority friends and family what they think of CA. In all three cases it was a combination of not having really thought about it and indifference.
I asked my Indian uncle, which I mentioned previously, and he thought the idea was ridiculous. He's pro spreading his culture as long as other cultures do not lay claim to inventing things like traditionally Indian garments. That of course would be a falsifiable claim which we could all agree would be wrong. When I asked if it has ever come up in conversation with folks on his side of the family and he said never. He basically seemed incredulous to the idea. Perhaps his privilege and bias as a doctor who has been married to a white women while having a half Indian daughter blinds him?
I asked my friend and co-worker who is a black man who immigrated from Kenya 12 years ago. Again I was told he's never thought about it but did not think it's a problem unless someone was blatantly making a claim that their culture is where the fashion originates. I specially asked about corn rows and he said "Everyone should have the right to look that silly if they want to". Ok so obviously he's not a fan of that particular hair style.
I tried to bring it up with a Chinese co-worker but it ended pretty quick. He said he doesn't really see much in terms of white people trying to mimic Chinese culture and I couldn't really think of any examples. I asked what he thought of the idea of CA in general and he just shrugged and said it sounds like a non-issue. I don't think the topic interested him much.
I live in a pretty white city so that's close to the limit on visible minority friends / family I know well enough to feel comfortable just asking these questions out of nowhere. The others I would consider are all Chinese and that's a minority where I have a hard time coming up with real examples. So what happens when you seek the opinions of minorities instead of just asking your white friends and those opinions say that CA seems silly? Do you just keep asking until someone says it's very real and very offensive and just use that data point as confirmation that wearing hoops, corn rows, afros or whatever has a net harmful effect? Earlier D4M10N shared a video where a black man responded with a more hard line but similar tone to how my uncle reacted to the idea of CA. Which group within a minority wins? The group who likes the idea of others spreading their culture and those indifferent or those offended at the idea of white people wearing hair the way they've traditionally styled it? Do we need to have polls showing that 50% or greater within that group are against it and then base our decisions on that?
The more anti CA answers that I've seen so far seem to be summarized as:
1) It's super simple just don't be a dick.
2) Sometimes it's very complicated and nuanced.
3) Just consider how others will feel about it.
4) Don't dismiss what minorities are saying. Take their word for it.
The first is wide open to interpretation of what constitutes being a dick and just seems like a lame attempt to stifle discussion and establish a moral high ground. The second is probably very true and why a discussion on the topic is worth having. The third is a good idea but doesn't really address the issue of people considering the context and how others will feel but make the value judgement of going ahead with a CA decision anyway. The fourth acts as if there's one spokesperson for each group of minorities.