Religion: White Muslims?

Since its birth during the Depression, the Nation of Islam, better known as the Black Muslims, has preached that whites were "devils" and "human beasts." Not any longer: from now on whites will be considered fully human.

The movement's ideas about black separatism and supremacy gathered some momentum during the late 1960s. But times change, and the Muslims' autocratic messiah, Elijah Muhammad, adopted a softer line before his death in February at 77. Last week, at a mass rally of 12,000 of the faithful at Chicago's McCormick Place, Elijah's son and successor, Wallace D. Muhammad, made it official: the race-hatred theme is...

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