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It would be easy to label Malik Zulu Shabazz (“Black Power,” 1/19) a racist. Too easy. Lots of people are racistsblack, white, and every color in between. Shabazz is something more.
With its secret racially pure meetings, its swaggering, jeering, bullying tactics toward Asians (a politically weak minority), and its hateful rhetoric against whites and especially Jews, Shabazz’s group is less a revival of the Panthers than it is a mirror of the grinning hooligans who terrorized the Jim Crow South. It is the Ku Klux Klan in blackface.