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Leonce Gaiter
Leonce Gaiter’s "Wake Me From King's Dream," about post-civil rights Afro-America, will be published by Astor + Blue Editions in 2017. His most recent novel is "In the Company of Educated Men." Other works include the historical novel, "I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang," and the noir thriller "Bourbon Street." His nonfiction has appeared in publications from the LA Times to Salon to the NY Times Magazine. Additional writings, fiction and non-fiction, can be found at

Entries by Leonce Gaiter

Republican Post-Civil Rights Racism - From a Whisper, to an Obama-induced Scream

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 5:04 PM


The election of a black President induced Republicans to throw gasoline on the racist kindling they've nurtured for decades. When democrats became the party of equal rights for blacks in the mid-sixties, racists sought a new home. They found it with Republicans; and...

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Trump is the Message; America is the Medium

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 5:08 PM

Photo: Marc Nozell

Americans stopped truly regarding ourselves some time ago--that is, looking at both the good and the bad of us. Instead, we took refuge in the 2D selfie--a posed self-indulgence to show the world our preferred vision of who...

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Conservatives Have Earned Their Trump; Liberals Have Not Earned Our Sanders

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 3:21 PM

In 2008, a whole lot of Americans (liberals mostly) got Obama wrong. Instead of a conciliatory centrist, they chose to see a revolutionary warrior.  They saw supporting him not as a political preference, but participation in a "movement."  Following the script of the popular fantasy of Martin Luther King, Obama...

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Are Ta-Nehisi Coates and Bernie Sanders Both Wrong on Reparations?

(71) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 12:41 PM

In his extraordinary article, "The Case for Reparations," Ta-Nehisi Coates stated, "What I'm talking about is a national reckoning that would lead to spiritual renewal ... a revolution of the American consciousness, a reconciling of our self-image as the great democratizer with the facts of our history." 

In a more...

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Ben Carson's Self-Portrait in the White Racial Frame

(7) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 3:19 PM

Ben Carson has made a profitable second career of his redemption story. However, recent investigations suggest that the tale is either substantially fictitious, or significantly embellished. Fortunately for Dr. Carson, the facts of truth vs. fiction will have no bearing on his appeal to his principally white conservative audience. It...

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Does Flouting 'Political Correctness' Work Both Ways?

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2015 | 9:34 PM

The right wing web site praised Donald Trump for flouting political correctness in discussing "the Muslim problem" with Bill O'Reilly. The right similarly applauds Trump as he scores against the plague of political correctness to label Mexicans as criminal rapists, immigrants' children as 'anchor babies,' and women as menstrual...

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Moving Past Forgiveness

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 4:35 PM

American descendants of African slaves might be the last American Christians. We continually "forgive" in the classical Christian manner. Even after a hate-fueled man-child walks into a black church, his head leaking excremental lies about black men's lust for white women and our desire to enslave whites, the loved ones...

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American History Is Not Black History; Black History Is Not America's

(19) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 7:20 PM

As taught in mainstream culture, American history propagates this nation that America is the womb of freedom, justice, and liberty. There are American creation myths, as exemplified by those surrounding the "Founding Fathers." There are founding documents as revered as biblical texts for their promise of "Life, Liberty, and the...

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My Country 'Tis of Thee

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 1:11 PM

My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From ev'ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!

"In October 2003, the CIA interrogated Arsala Khan, an Afghan national in...

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Giving Publishing What it Demands -- In a Way I Could Live With

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 12:54 AM

Almost 25 years ago, living in LA and working in the film industry, I decided to write a screenplay. I had abandoned prose writing somewhere in college, having been scared straight out of the writing habit via the tender ministrations of visiting New Yorker short story virtuosi creative writing instructors...

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Black Gain Is White Pain -- How the White Right Justifies Racial Injustice

(108) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 11:15 AM

Talking Points Memo, 8/27/14:

Conservative pundit Ben Stein appeared on Newsmax on Tuesday to discuss the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and challenged the use of the term "unarmed" to describe Brown.

Stein was discussing the shooting with host Steve Malzberg and said...

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Megyn Kelly Didn't Go Far Enough; It's Not Just Jesus. God's White, Too

(12) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 1:57 PM

Megyn Kelly said that Jesus was white. The son of God, she said, was a white man. It logically follows, lest you're deeming Mary a Nubian princess -- that God his father was white as well.

That's it in a nutshell -- the mother lode of the white supremacy...

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It's Absurd to Associate Django Unchained With Black Culture

(215) Comments | Posted January 6, 2013 | 2:48 PM

Quentin Tarantino's film, Django Unchained has as much to do with the history and culture of American descendants of African slaves as Dumbo has to do with the plight of Weimar Jewry. Spike Lee says that it disrespects his ancestors. It does not. It has nothing to do with them....

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The White Right TAPP Dances Black Truths Out of American History

(3) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 12:34 PM

The right's strength is its ability to immerse itself in tribal warmth of sexist, racist, homophobic waters, while simply sprinkling the rest of us with their refreshing mists. And they are refreshing. Admit it. Who hasn't been pricked by the odd racist thought -- when you glimpse the black face...

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Right Wing Rules Black Youths Must Follow to Avoid Deserving Death

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 4:17 PM

Considering the right wing reaction to the death of Trayvon Martin, I thought it might be useful to collect their wisdom and advice for black male youths:

What black youths must never do in order not to deserve to be shot to death:

  1. Wear hooded clothing
  2. ...

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Rufus Buck's Anti-Black History Month History Lesson

(24) Comments | Posted February 20, 2012 | 8:28 AM

For Black History Month, I present to you a very young man who had a dream -- and to achieve it, he murdered and marauded. Half-black and half-Indian Rufus Buck and his gang of four black and Native American teens killed both black and white men, and terrified...

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Denying the Killer Inside Us

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 5:03 PM

I was asked if I feared alienating my audience with the depiction of violence in my latest novel. I was surprised because I had gone through pains to minimize the actual depiction of violent acts. A novel about a real-life group of notorious teenage terrorists who rampaged through Indian Territory...

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Chutzpah! Obama's Black Caucus Speech

(23) Comments | Posted September 26, 2011 | 8:20 PM

President Barack Obama told blacks on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and "put on your marching shoes" to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity. AP

Follow him? If the President wants anyone to follow him, he had better start leading -- something he has consistently...

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Learning to Evade the "Black Tax" on Our Stories

(3) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 12:18 PM

It was a story I almost didn't dare to tell.

My first exposure to the multi-racial gang of black and Creek Indian marauders who rampaged through Indian Territory in the summer of 1895 was a photo taken soon after their capture. They stand expressionless and staring directly at the...

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The Help: Redemption, and Genuflecting at the Altar of Ourselves

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 10:30 AM

"How are these characters redeemed?" is a question I often get. I feel as if I'd just slapped a puppy when I have to reply, "They aren't. They come to realizations, but they are not made pure or whole again. Damage has been done." The frequency with which I'm...

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