Behavior: Black Myths

Airing family quarrels

There is a growing distrust, if not hatred, between black men and black women.

Bitter words? Perhaps. But in the eyes of their author, they are tersely accurate. According to Michele Wallace, 27, a truculently articulate, handsome, Harlem-bred writer, the battle of the sexes in the black community verges on open warfare. Today's black women, she says, have in effect committed "social and intellectual suicide" under the domination of "unintrospective and oppressive" black men.

Wallace takes aim and fires in a recent book titled Black Macho & the Myth of the Superwoman...

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