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Since I’ve not gotten any comments on this question at all, I’m going to assume either 1) it’s Saturday and everyone is out enjoying the spring weather or 2) there’s not much interest in what J. K. Rowling publishes on her Website.

Besides this, I’m not sure there’s a whole lot of concern about cultural appropriation except as a tool to attack people who are perceived as targets in some way. I expect Native Americans are fairly used to being abused, so another semi-fictional essay on skinwalkers isn’t going to affect their social outlook one way or the other.

Looking around in the broader arena, I notice a lot of weariness with ideas like political correctness, cultural appropriation and even diversity. The scuffle that’s playing out between the Sad/Rabid Puppies and SJWs in the SFF field seems to be playing out in the larger political arena, as well. Here’s an article by Robert Kuttner in the Huffington Post, for example, that explains presidential candidate Trump’s success in the US Republican primaries as a response from the right to increased pressures about diversity, political correctness and racism vs. privilege in a time when the middle class is struggling economically.

Here’s an article from Anna Holmes in the NY Times that suggests diversity has been belabored to the point that people are weary of trying to accomplish it. According to the author, diversity as a result has become a “cliché, a convenient shorthand that gestures at inclusivity and representation without actually taking them seriously.” According to Holmes, the term has also become questionable because it tends to pit all “other” against white, male Americans.

Here’s an interesting review by Tricia Rose of Jeff Chang’s Who We Be from the NY Times that suggests we’re in a “postmulticultural moment” and an era that Thelma Golden and Glenn Ligon half-jokingly called “postblack.” This is the idea that the American melting pot is doing its work, and we’re approaching a time when SJW activists have lost their political platforms. This might be one explanation for the increased frenzy in attacking silly little essays like Rowling’s piece on American magic.

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