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By presenting the regime's ideology as the criterion for judgment he abolishes it as a subject for inquiry and awards it a moral and canonized status, which stands above any questioning or criticism.
Whatever the case may be, the intimate yet multifarious relationship between the writing of the Harlem Renaissance and American cultural nationalism is a rich subject for inquiry at the current moment, when the relative claims of Afrocentricity, American multiculturalism, and cultural "hybridity" demand attention.
"Once you admit affiliation," he complains, "you get into all that Stalinist crap." Bernstein answers that "Stalinist crap" is "a pretty legitimate subject for inquiry." But if this or any other challenge got him a more thorough answer, Bernstein doesn't share it with his readers.