JAMAICA: The Boys from Brooklyn

Jamaica's whites and government officials were at first only amused last October when a self-anointed Negro holy man, the Rev. Claudius Henry, R.B. (for "Repairer of the Breach") stirred an estimated 20,000 bearded cultists into a back-to-Africa frenzy. No one paid much attention, even when Henry's ''Ras Tafarians"* pranced about holding aloft an empty platter they swore would hold Premier Norman Manley's head if he blocked their way. In April, when raiding police found a cache of firearms and cement-packed conch shells (obviously intended as missiles) in a Ras Tafarian church, Jamaican authorities decided that the Rev. Claudius Henry was...

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