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Rock at Princeton

REALIZING THAT “Youth Music and Youth Culture,” a Princeton conference last November, was actually about the 20th-century cultural hegemony of African-Americans was like seeing for the first time that Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner only masquerades as a human/android love story and is actually a movie about the historical wounds of slavery. Asking how “we” can tell the difference between a human and a replicant, and what the rights of a replicant might be, Blade Runner is really preoccupied with the alienness of blacks and whites to one another, and the inhumanity of whites to blacks. That it takes slavery as its trope is the clue, and no surprise: the house divided against itself still stands, or stands still. While other cultures may be about other differences, or about several differences, we have allowed ourselves mainly this large one.

Andrew Ross began the gathering he organized by asking

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