One time when I was in college, I attended a music recital.
A white guy sung "Ol' Man River."
A black friend of mine was furious saying that song was his culture's music.
I thought, "Ummm, it's from Showboat. I think that was written by white people."
But I didn't want to start anything with someone who was already so annoyed.
And I sort of saw how it's a song about the struggles of African-Americans. So maybe it was functionally the African-American culture's property.
But at the same time, I knew how deeply the words "Tired of living and scared of dying" resonated with me, and the idea that no matter what, the river just kept rolling along. I might have been privileged, but I knew how that felt.
And I decided that I was never figuring that one out.
And I'm sure singing another culture's song to prove how liberal you are is wrong.
And I couldn't accept that singing another culture's song because it resonated with you and you understood it and you felt what it wanted you to feel was anything but right.
But I never got any farther with the issue.
CORRECTION: I initially wrote that the song was from "Porgy and Bess." I thank RLC for his quick email setting me straight.