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Race can be defined in terms of physical features skin color and other anatomical features and sometimes also with respect to language behavior ideas and other cultural matters Racism is a belief in the superiority of a particular race prejudice based on this or antagonism towards or discrimination against other races especially as a result of this Goldberg P 58 Racism as it applies to Blacks against Whites in North American society has its roots in several hundreds of years of oppression and racism by Whites In this sense black racism almost qualifies as reverse discrimination eg affirmative action plans established by governments and foundations to give preference to blacks when hiring However more radical attitudes towards Whites by Black North Americans have developed primarily during this century in response to and as an off-shoot of the civil rights movement and the emergence of groups such as the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan is a leader of a group of extremist An African-American preacher he has founded his own movement of black radicalism based on Islamic fundamentalism and incorporating his own brand of hatred against whites and other racial or religious or special interest groups This essay will examine some of the events that form part of the foundation of his philosophy will examine essays written about Farrakhan by prominent academics civil libertarians and modern day economists writers Who is Louis Farrakhan what does he preach and why This essay will attempt to shed some light on these questions and as well Black radicalism itself Farrakhan was born the child of West Indian immigrants in the Bronx in 1933 He was born Louis Eugene Walcott conceived during a rape Farrakhan was brought up in Roxbury Boston a West Indian influenced black section of the town Growing up with talents in music Farrakhan enjoyed scholastic success After graduating from high school he attended the Winston-Salem Teachers College in
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