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Leonce Gaiter's literary thriller, "In the Company of Educated Men," was published by Astor + Blue Editions in 2014. His historical novel, "I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang" was published September 2011. His nonfiction has appeared in The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and in national syndication. His thriller "Bourbon Street" was published by Carroll & Graf and is currently available in ebook formats.
SHARE Wednesday, September 7, 2011 Learning to Evade the "Black Tax" on Our Stories
I wanted to explore this group and their extraordinary turn of the century milieu, but I didn't dare. How could I so baldly invoke stereotypical Black Buck in the form of a young half-black, half-Indian man who was hanged for the rape of a white woman? Did I dare tell a story in which a black male turns his fury outward at his oppressors as opposed to turning it inward on himself?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 9, 2011 With Traditional Publishing Dies the Passive Writer-Victim
Writers used to sit passively and wait for publishing conglomerates to anoint them. Today, with the dissolution of traditional publishing, writers have to do more. We need to learn the tools of our trade just as musicians have to learn to navigate recording devices and playwrights have to know theater techniques. The day of the passive writer-victim is over.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, June 7, 2010 Obama's Presidency Can't be Transformative; He's a Democrat
Time has passed and it's time to deal with it: Obama is not and will not be a "transformative" president. Never wanted to. Never will. He accepts that some progressive ideals are beneficial, but hasn't sufficient conviction to fight decidedly for them. In that, he represents his party. In that, polling says that he is a typical Democrat.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 25, 2010 Our Media is "Post-reason," and We Dutifully Follow
The web is a visual medium. It grows more similar to television while it severs ties to traditional reading and increases its dominance of our political conversation. It is the bitterest of ironies that a format once touted as heralding a new era of enlightened participatory democracy is picking up where television left off and doing infinitely more to erode traditional American democratic ideals than to promote them
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 13, 2010 Arizona, Ethnic Studies and White Christian Perfection
If Arizona's white legislators want to erase ethnic-specific education, they should close every school in the state, for most of their curricula are white-specific. But of course, the goal is to ensure that black and brown children continue to see the world only from the majority's point-of-view, continue to -see the majority through the traditional American Christian prism--closer -to God, good and pure--clean and right.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Bettye LaVette: The High Priestess of Love and Death
With her album "Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook," Bettye LaVette proves herself one of the best singers alive. If you're looking for some disposable, distracting background music, keep going. It's not here. This is the tent in the carnival it kind of scares you to enter. It's the gypsy woman who, from the look in her eye, you fear knows too much and might tell you something you dread to hear.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 7, 2010 Bob McDonnell Blows the Racist Dog Whistle Really Really Loud
Let's consider: We are regularly invited to "celebrate" black history month (absurd as the idea may be in its conception and execution). Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell did not ask his state's citizens to "celebrate" "Confederate History Month." He simply "declared" its existence, leaving the celebratory aspect aspirated to the level of the dog whistle (an apt metaphor considering his audience).
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 21, 2010 The White Right to Call Me "Ni**er"
The deeper point--the ones the tea partiers haven't courage nor the brains to see--is that our technological age has laid bare a core fact of American life: that our corporatist state uses white men and women just like it uses black, brown and yellow ones--as cannon fodder. There is little "upward mobility." Your children probably won't live as well as you, much less better. They stole your future itself
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 11, 2010 Obama: Averse to Leadership and a Lousy Politician to Boot
Obama is akin to the Captain on a ship under attack who turns to the crew, bloodied bodies all around, and tells them to do what they think best. It's time for the verdict. Obama ran a great campaign, but he is no leader, and he's an abominable politician.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 20, 2009 Note to O'Reilly: Women Deserve Protections-Fetuses Don't
The woman's rights/pro-choice crowd needs to stop accepting the right-wing frame for this debate. When asked if fetuses deserve rights, the answer is: Women deserve rights-including protection from people who would force them to use their bodies in ways they know to be harmful to their well being, their loved ones, and their lives.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 19, 2009 At Obama's Rise, Praise King's Movement, and Bury It
The fact of being a half-black man raised exclusively by whites and often in brown-skinned, culturally unique environments (Indonesia, Hawaii) helped Barack Obama win the Presidency. This strange background also prevents him from acting as a direct model for most American blacks. We don't have white parents and guardians or non-American fathers. However, we can adapt his model to suit our needs.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 14, 2009 Blacks, Gays and the Myth of the Saintly Oppressed
Underlying the black/gay divide in the post-Prop. 8 world was the illusion that minorities minorities are somehow naturally predisposed or sociologically obligated to display fewer negative human traits than straight white men. But that's a gross, convenient myth. Oppression does not enlighten. It degrades.
(22 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 16, 2008 America Can't Handle the Truth; But it's Coming Anyway
With the economy in freefall and American livelihoods and ways of life in sincere jeopardy for the first time in a generation, much of the press and the American public aren't making the adjustment from the trivial "get rich quick" economic Bubble Years to the new pre-depression. Unfortunately, denial won't solve the problem. It just makes the fall all the more shocking.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 5, 2008 A Somewhat More Visible Man
Rivers of black blood have been spilled. My parents and theirs fought and died to rip their rights from the majority's avaricious grasp. To justify their illegal hold, the majority belittled, dehumanized, brutalized and sometimes killed me and mine. So I have often wondered what it might mean to feel fully American. Today, I, a black descendant of African slaves, get a glimpse...
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Black Blindness on Proposition 8
According to a SurveyUSA poll, 58% of black voters support Proposition 8, which would enshrine irrational fear and rank bigotry into the California Constitution in order to deny gays the right to marry. Black support is 10% higher than support of any other ethnic group. This is ironic, to say the least.