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Submitted by Malik Muhammad (United States), Sep 12, 2004 at 23:18

"Believer"'s comments labeling Malik Shabazz as a hyocrite really infuriate me. But I will refrain from disrespecting another Black man publicly. Let us just say that Elijah Muhammad was an all-too-human victim of the old saying: Power corrupts - absolute power corrupts absolutely. To fault Malik Shabazz because he believed that Elijah Muhammad should lead by his deeds as well as by his words, is to disregard the moral and ethical burden that leaders must bear. Truly some of Mr. Muhammad's rhetoric has served Black folks well. But you can't hug me and stab me at the same time. That still leaves me dead.
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