British newspapers rushed to the defense of the queen Sunday after she was berated by a black rights campaigner from New York for allegedly ignoring racism.

The Rev. Al Sharpton was belittled by one paper as either a "dangerous subversive or . . . an entertaining windbag."Within hours of his arrival in Britain Saturday, Sharpton took the megaphone at a memorial rally for Rolan Adams, a 15-year-old black who was stabbed to death in February by a gang of white youths.

In his speech he accused Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister John Major and other officials of suffering from "laryngitis" on racial issues.