It didn't start with Vanilla Ice. By now everybody knows that American culture is at least half black--a tale of "love and theft," as the scholar Eric Lott called it. Wherever you look, someone's uncovering the miscegenation at the core of our most popular genres. Minstrelsy, America's first mass entertainment, teased white urban audiences with the opportunity to relish the presumed simplicities of slave life as well as the fear that doing so would make them savages. (Before you decide we live in more culturally sensitive times, feast your eyes on modern-day heirs like the Insane Clown Posse, who sell millions by living out gangsta stereotypes in whiteface.) Twain scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin has fashioned an entire career out of the speculation that the real American voice is a mixed-race one: "Was Huck black?" Or as Chuck D once put it, "What's wrong with a little color in... More >>>