Das Rongold

Reagan's funeral as a Wagnerian opera. Plus: Eminem as censor

All the judge saw was the danger that publishing Eminem's early musings would damage his credibility as a white artist working in a black form. That's not unlike the protectiveness many white critics extend to Eminem in refusing to face his biases. By censoring the evidence of hardcore bigotry, Eminem can prevent a true reckoning with the meaning of his success. That's why The Source is planning to appeal the judge's ruling. "It's about the media's right to report on something the public needs to know about," Mays says.

Dennis Dennehy, a spokesman for Eminem, had no comment.

Deconstructions: rgoldstein@villagevoice.com

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