No African American has enjoyed as intimate a relationship with white America as retired general Colin Powell. Whites who have never met Powell have come to view this son of Jamaican immigrants as a superpatriot, citing the influence he's wielded with several presidents and his military victories. Indeed, Powell looms large, dominating the political scene, stripping away the mythology of the "incompetent negro" while his conservative boosters romance the notion that he has the temperament and personality to become the first black president. "He is what white people want all black people to be: a black man who accepts the system and who will defend the system to the death," says one political strategist who recently had a falling-out with Powell. Yet for all that Americans know about Colin Powell, he remains something of an... More >>>
By illustration: Patrick Arrasmith
It was sad to imagine the militarist pulling a Trojan elephant through Harlem.