Dividing Line Deal with the Devil

Let's face it: to most African Americans Newt Gingrich is one scary white man. "He's black folks' worst nightmare, a meanspirited bigot who thinks he's supposed to tear down everything we've built up," says Les Kimber, founder of the Fresno-based weekly California Advocate. Brooklyn Congressman Major Owens predicts that Gingrich's war on the welfare state will actually cause black children to starve. "These elitists under Gingrich will stop at nothing. They really don't care if people live or die."

The anxiety is understandable, if grossly exaggerated. Blacks have ample reason to mistrust a party that owes so much of its success...

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