Every time I read one of your stories, I learn so much. This piece was no exception. I really appreciate how relatable this story is.
The answer to the question raised in your headline seems almost unimportant compared to the larger truths you reveal. The culture is rife with as many contradictions as there are instances of appropriation.
Thank you for shining a light on all the twists and turns involved in a simple purchase you picked up at a great price.