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

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

by Amy Alexander
     
 

The Nation of Islam's Minister Louis Farrakhan is undeniably one of the most controversial, provocative, and misunderstood figures in American social and cultural politics. Now, for the first time, leading African-American intellectuals and writers come together to respond to Farrakhan, the myth and the reality, in the process reexamining and redefining notions of… See more details below

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The Nation of Islam's Minister Louis Farrakhan is undeniably one of the most controversial, provocative, and misunderstood figures in American social and cultural politics. Now, for the first time, leading African-American intellectuals and writers come together to respond to Farrakhan, the myth and the reality, in the process reexamining and redefining notions of black nationalism, community, and African-American leadership. The Farrakhan Factor gets past the headlines and sound bites, to examine Minister Farrakhan's impact from the standpoints of economics, media analysis, community activism, ethnic identity, sexual politics, and black youth culture. The commentators gathered here place Farrakhan in context: from Gwendolyn Brooks's lyrical and insightful reflections on Farrakhan the man; to Stanley Crouch's uncompromising indictment of Farrakhan as overhyped and out of touch; from Michael Eric Dyson's examination of the heritage that prepared Farrakhan for leadership; to Derrick Bell's discussion of the anguish and unfulfillment Farrakhan addresses in many black Americans. The sixteen essays collected here combine sophisticated thought with active, personal engagement to candidly examine this enigmatic and increasingly important voice.

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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:
9780802116239
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/16/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.41(h) x 1.07(d)

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