In Fear of Leading

Author: Reginald S. Muhammad
47 pages, ISBN: 0-9678853-1-0
Copyright 2000
Published by First Degree Publishing
Perfect Bound

Some criticize because they disagree with the policies, positions or viewpoints of another individual or group. Many are sincere in their criticisms, however, misguided.

Others offer constructive criticism, truly aimed at improving the condition and effectiveness of the object of the criticism.

There are others who criticize, because they lack understanding of the effort needed to maintain a political organization, religious organization or structure of any type. Usually, this lasts until the person who is quick to criticize, is forced to “walk a mile in the moccasins” so to speak, of those they heaped criticism upon.

Others are misguided, ill motivated and pathetic. While often easily citing reasons of jealousy, misunderstanding of goals and agendas as reasons for the criticism, these general explanations fall short.

A relatively short (47 pages) yet powerful book written by political and social analyst Reginald S. Muhammad titled “In Fear of Leading” cogently confronts Black scholars and political pundits who spoke out at the behest of controllers against Minister Farrakhan and the Million Man March.

Muhammad, in a non-emotional, yet effective style points out the lies, deceptions and misinterpretations regarding Minister Farrakhan and his motives that were repeated constantly in the media and other detractors who apparently found personal gratification in once again submitting to the divide and conquer strategy of hampering the effectiveness of Black leadership.

He takes aim at syndicated columnist Clarence Page, well-known apologist for White America Henry Louis Gates and feminist Julianne Malveaux among others. However his most in-depth analysis, as well as his most scathing criticism is reserved for Professor Manning Marable of Columbia University. He writes of Mr. Marable

“He is very dissatisfied with the leadership of Minister Louis Farrakhan. Much of the dissatisfaction that drives Professor Marable and at least some of his colleagues, stems from the Marxist/Leninist doctrine that they embrace as former students of major White colleges and universities. Using this doctrine, they have trivialized or removed the spiritual context that Minster Farrakhan has mastered.”

It is becoming clear that some members of the Black electorate are reassessing their loyalty to the Democrats and therefore Muhammad’s analysis of the political context of the Million Man March, Minister Farrakhan and the Million Family March is very relevant and timely. His commentary is a welcome addition to the voices that speak out in almost a chorus of opposition to effective leadership.

In Chapter 3 titled The Impact of Outsiders Within the Institution, he illustrates the growing ideological disconnect that exists between some organizations such as the Black Radical Congress and Minister Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam.

“To these scholars, the apparent success of the Million Man March did not include an agenda of homosexuals or the White/Black feminist movement. This angered and incited some Black scholars to lash out in their most subjective written forms accusing Minister Farrakhan of being homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, and often, all of the above.”

He also cites renowned academics Dr. Nathan and Julia Hare of the Black Think Tank, as they delve into the dysfunctional state of Black families, and what is needed to correct this condition.

In the book, Muhammad even identifies the inherent problems with the educational institutions and their manner of education in light of today’s necessity, and why, despite the Black professors who speak out against him, Minister Farrakhan is still loved by the college students. He writes:

“For nearly two decades, he has been one of the most requested speakers on major college campuses throughout America and around the world. In fact, hundreds of invitations are turned down each year due to the lack of time and the physical impossibility of honoring each request.”

Muhammad correctly identifies that this infuriates many Black scholars who have spent lots of time and money accumulating advanced degrees of all sorts, but are practically unknown when stepping outside of the hallowed halls and grassy lawns of their campuses.

It is important to note, that Black scholars who have remained steadfast in their defense of Minister Farrakhan are well respected within their communities, however, much of their research and writings are still virtually unknown. Hence, the need for the Truth Establishment Institute and other institutions standing for truth regardless of circumstances.

With regards to “In Fear of Leading” it will be interesting to see how many of the critics beleaguered in the book have modified their views in the years since the Million Man March. If they have not, it will be obvious to observers that their views do not reflect the present reality and they will pass into the abyss of time, while Minister Farrakhan triumphs again.