Essay: The Black Rejectionists

As if black America hasn't suffered enough, it now faces a new calamity: the rise of an alternative political leadership, racist and nihilist, leading it angrily down a path to nowhere. The group -- a motley crew of scoundrels, losers and liars -- had its national premiere at the circus surrounding the perjury and cocaine-possession trial of Washington Mayor Marion Barry. It was a scary show.

Its luminaries are what Washington Post columnist Judy Mann calls the "fringe ministers." First there is Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. He held massive rallies in Washington, the minor theme of which was the...

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