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Why cultural appropriation keeps happening — and how to fix it

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Spanish fast fashion giant Zara made headlines for all the wrong reasons last month when Mexico’s Ministry of Culture accused it of using embroidery patterns distinctive to the Mixteca community of Oaxaca in its garments without credit or benefit to the Indigneous community.  While the international retailer denied “intentionally” borrowing from or being influenced by the group’s designs, according to Reuters, the story reignited a debate over the prevalence of cultural appropriatio