Farrakhan Factor: African-American Writers on Leadership, Nationhood and Minister Louis Farrakhan

Farrakhan Factor: African-American Writers on Leadership, Nationhood and Minister Louis Farrakhan

by Amy Alexander
     
 

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The Nation of Islam's Minister Louis Farrakhan is undeniably one of the most controversial and oft-maligned figures in American social and cultural politics. Now, for the first time, leading African-American voices speak out about Farrakhan, the myth and the reality, in the process reexamining and redefining notions of black nationalism, community, and

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The Nation of Islam's Minister Louis Farrakhan is undeniably one of the most controversial and oft-maligned figures in American social and cultural politics. Now, for the first time, leading African-American voices speak out about Farrakhan, the myth and the reality, in the process reexamining and redefining notions of black nationalism, community, and African-American leadership. With contributions from such diverse and provocative writers as Gwendolyn Brooks, Stanley Crouch, Michael Eric Dyson, and Derrick Bell, The Farrakhan Factor gets past the headlines and sound bites to examine Farrakhan - and leadership - from within the black community. Combining sophisticated thought with active, personal engagement, The Farrakhan Factor is a superlative and eminently necessary document of American racial politics.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Black journalist Alexander has collected a series of essays on Farrakhan by African American writers ranging from famed New York culture critic Stanley Crouch to teacher and writer Derrick Bell and Harvard graduate student Irene Monroe. The essays vary in tone from qualified praise to unqualified condemnation. Editor Alexander, for example, argues that "the idea of Farrakhan as Dangerous...[is] a ridiculous proposition"; instead, she sees him as "a familiar and handy repository for all that we [blacks] cannot vocalize." Journalist Leonard Pitts says blacks must get beyond the rage Farrakhan symbolizes. All the essayists admit that Farrakhan's in-your-face rhetoric is appealing, especially to younger black males. Recommended for most libraries.Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
Booknews
A collection of essays by African American intellectuals and writers responding to the myth and reality of Louis Farrakhan. The 16 contributions address the continuing evolution of the Nation of Islam, Farrakhan's economic rhetoric and reality, the misunderstood alliance between Farrakhan and the world community of Black Muslims, the divide between Blacks and Jews in America, Farrakhan and Malcolm X, and Farrakhan's Ministry of misogyny and homophobia. Concludes with an interview with Joseph Marshall, Jr., director of the Omega Boys Club in San Francisco. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802135971
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Edition description:
1 PBK ED
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,386,162
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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