The Question of Black Leadership
The question of black leadership has been placed in sharp focus by a recent series of unsettling and sometimes ugly incidents.
First, there were the highly publicized travails of Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. Having scoffed at repeated reports of drug use, and indeed having enlisted, with considerable fanfare, in a “Down With Dope” campaign aimed at the Washington schools, Barry sat without obvious embarrassment in a courtroom while witness after witness attested to his prodigious appetite for crack cocaine and a videotape showed him sharing the drug with a female acquaintance in a hotel room just prior to his arrest by federal authorities.
About the Author
Arch Puddington is director of research at Freedom House and the author, most recently, of Lane Kirkland: Champion of American Labor.