THE MIRAGE OF FARRAKHAN

PERHAPS LOUIS FARRAKHAN PUT IT BEST last week when he said he was "a nightmare"to some but "a dream come true" to others. That phrase perfectly captured the polarized emotions he engenders between--and within--the races. But the image was apt for another reason as well, for Farrakhan seems somehow to attach to our unconscious. He is a powerful, mysterious figure, elusive and changeable. As blacks and whites spoke of Farrakhan and his role in the Million Man March, they often seemed to be talking about someone they saw not in person or on CNN but in a vision at night.

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