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WHITE POWER AND BLACK POP: THE 1XTRA POWER LIST

Suckered in the morning, wise by teatime but still at sundown an old graze stings again, a dormant papercut refreshed. Isn't it nice when your low expectations are undercut with such clumsiness, such idiot innocence?  Initially I was tickled by the fact that 1Xtra had published a list of their most 'Important Artists In Music' of which 3 of the top 4 were white, nodded at Wiley's amusement, growled a little at those who thought something could be remedied or set right by the names on that list being more preponderately black. Never gonna happen. You're in England remember. We don't progress in our racial politics, we just get more self-congratulatory and blind.      Hence the immediate dismissal of criticism, the semantic pirhouettes, the insistence that all keepers of the racial order always insist on - 'it's not about race'. We'd all expect a list that foregrounds overwhelmingly white male pop names to be defended thus but what did tweak my n…