Is it cultural appropriation when a Black woman does Irish dance?
Morgan Bullock’s feet are a blur as she swings, hops, points and jigs in ways that make Irish dance look natural, easy even.
The 20-year-old from Richmond is so good that a former Irish prime minister asked her to perform in one of the country’s next St. Patrick’s Day parades. Riverdance invited her to join them when they tour Virginia.
But with all this love came a river of hate. Because she’s Black.
“If white people can’t have corn rows you can’t do this kind of dance,” one commenter told her on TikTok just last week, where her dance videos went viral.
It’s cultural appropriation, too many people told her.