Some Good May Yet Come of This

Considerable good is likely to flow from the outpouring of attention on the Nation of Islam and its relationship to the black political establishment. First, Khallid Abdul Muhammad's notorious, hateful speech at Kean College and Louis Farrakhan's affirmation of its substance (though not its style) demonstrated anew that racism resides at the core of the Nation of Islam. Bigotry is not one of its peripheral features but is instead a central element of its identity and appeal. Second, an issue of fundamental importance has been raised: Should racism expressed by African Americans be openly repudiated by other African Americans?

Some argue...

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