Leaving Cleaver: Henry Louis Gates Jr. Remembers Eldridge Cleaver
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Leaving Cleaver: Henry Louis Gates Jr. Remembers Eldridge Cleaver
Perhaps no major figure of the 1960s led a more complex or controversial life than onetime Black Panther Minister of Information Eldridge Cleaver. A revolutionary initially famous for his prison memoir Black Ice (in which he horrifyingly advocated rape as a form of insurrection), Cleaver also wielded behavior including assault, theft, and drug-pushing, and openly advocated mass murder in his political rallies. Yet somehow, Cleaver won fame as an astute voice of the period, and for many years evaded doing time. He then dramatically reinvented himself in the 1980s as a right-wing Republican,… More