Reading MAGIC STREET has just stirred a very interesting memory. A few years ago, controversy erupted in Canada over a docudrama made by a filmmaker of Caucasian background concerning the history of our First Nations citizens. From the news coverage of that event, I learned a new term: "cultural appropriation."
Spokespeople for Aboriginal and First Nations communities questioned why a white person was telling the story of brown people, the inference being that no permission had been granted to mine someone else's culture for commercial purposes.
Ironically, this only-in-Canada-eh? kind of incident has everything to do with middle class America&