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Race and Gender: Thisism, Thatism

Iman Lababedi, Creem, February 1988

IN 1981 I interviewed the Cure for CREEM. That was three years after they'd released their paean to Albert Camus's superb existentialist novel, The Stranger. The song was called 'Killing An Arab', and it was about the climax of the novel, wherein the protagonist murders a Moroccan for no discernable reason. I'm Arabic. And if I'd believed there was any racist overtones in the song, I'd have certainly taken the Cure to task for it.

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