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Thread #101361   Message #2043233
Posted By: Goose Gander
04-May-07 - 11:23 AM
Thread Name: Article in Guardian:folk songs & pop junk & racism
Subject: RE: Article in Guardian
"Our understanding of it is based on deep-seated racism . . . ."

To whom does the pronoun at the start of this sentence refer? I don't know anyone with any knowledge of and interest in folk music who still buys into the racially essentialist musings of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century scholars and collectors. Do these two think they've stumbled onto something new?

On the other hand, if you're interested in English or Scottish or Irish or German or Lithuanian or West African or indigenous Latin American or any other category of traditional music, there's nothing wrong with seeking out your preferred music.