Leonce Gaiter

Leonce Gaiter
California, USA
March 24
Leonce Gaiter’s work on social and cultural issues has appeared in numerous publications, from the Los Angeles Times to the New York Times magazine. His historical novel, "I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang" [buckrampage.com] has an official publication date of September 1, 2011. His noir thriller "Bourbon Street" was published by Carroll & Graf. Additional fiction and non-fiction writings are available on his site: www.leoncegaiter.com.

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APRIL 6, 2010 6:53PM

Bob McDonnell Blows the Racist Dog Whistle Really Loud

Think of it a “Black History Month” for proto-Klansmen.  It’s like a Freshman Young Republican hanging a white hooded effigy from the second story dorm room window as a conservative career builder.  

Let’s consider: We are regularly invited to “celebrate”… Read full post »

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JANUARY 18, 2010 12:51PM

On MLK Day, What Obama is Not

Progressives bemoan Obama’s failure to fulfill his perceived promise to challenge the status quo.  During the historic 2008 presidential campaign, Americans both black and white read his book, saw his skin, heard his occasionally preacherly speech cadences married to an academically traine… Read full post »

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JANUARY 18, 2009 10:38AM

At Obama's Rise, Praise King's Movement--and Bury It

Martin Luther King was a great man who led one of the defining movements of the 20th century—for America, and by example, for the world.  However, I believe he was fundamentally wrong in the conclusions to which his Christian moralist background led him throughout most of his crusade. Read full post »

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JANUARY 13, 2009 12:30PM

Blacks, Gays and the Myth of the Saintly Oppressed

In the wake of the overwhelming black vote in favor of Proposition 8 and the gay reaction to that vote, the following occurred:

- Gays attacked blacks for homophobia. 

- Blacks attacked gays for racism. 

- Black gays counseled against all phobias and isms.

Underlying it all

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DECEMBER 1, 2008 12:46PM

Charles Blow Gets it Wrong on Blacks and Prop. 8

In his column on the overwhelming black vote (black female vote in particular) in favor of California’s Proposition 8, the New York Times’ Charles Blow noted two main trends: a particularly irrational form of religiosity; and black, female self-pity and resentment. Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 4, 2008 8:35PM

Somewhat More Visible Man

I’ve often wondered what it might mean to “feel” American—to truly accept its glories and shame as my own.  Looking at and listening to the Cindy McCains, George W. Bushes and Ronald Reagans of the world, I’ve wondered.  The country they describe bears so li

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OCTOBER 21, 2008 10:22AM

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 ir

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OCTOBER 15, 2008 10:53PM

Presidential, Yes--Nixonian

In the last debate, McCain was Presidential.  Only the President was Nixon.  The man behaved like an bitter, petulant child.  He was righteously pissy throughout the evening.  He was trembling.  He was in a flop sweat of desperation. He obviously wanted tough but achieved the… Read full post »
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OCTOBER 13, 2008 10:22AM

Hoping Crisis Spawns America 2.0

American governance got stuck somewhere mid-20th century.  It ambled along, hit a bog and kept on marching, lifting one leg high in a plucky arm-swinging gate and planting the next.  We felt the heart’s determined thump, saw the mud splashing madly and never realized that, collectivelRead full post »

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OCTOBER 8, 2008 12:16AM

After the Debate: Time to Push President Obama

President Obama.  God that sounds weird.  I certainly never thought I’d hear the like in my day.  I had written that I was deeply worried about Obama’s chances of winning against a half-sane white Republican in a general election.  Luckily, the Republicans didn’tRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2008 9:50AM

Debate Before, After and The Morning After

Before: Oh God.  An hour and a half of this.  I’d rather claw my own eyes out with spork.  I know who I’m voting for. If John McCain saved six black babies from drowning tomorrow, I wouldn’t vote for him.  I’m already pissed.  PBS’s Ray Suarez juRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2008 9:37AM

Every Man for Himself, Said the Elephant Among the Chickens

Andrew Sullivan, squawking the name “Milton Friedman” as if it magically disappeared the ridiculous, sat on Bill Maher’s show blaming the financial crisis on American consumers who bought houses they couldn’t afford.  He was arguing against Naomi Klein’s thesis that… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2008 9:41AM

Transformative Campaign My Black Ass

Why isn’t the Obama camp attacking Republicans for crying “sexism”  and Palin for playing the victim?  Why isn’t every Dem surrogate out there mocking Palin and her defenders with the same condescension with which Republicans and Obama surrogates mocked Hillary Clint… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2008 9:38AM

McCain/Palin Flash Rove's Racial Gang Signs

Fifty percent of this year’s Republican playbook is typically divisive Rove Culture Wars.  The other fifty percent is all about racial signs and symbols. Georgia GOP Congressan Lynn Westmoreland finally came right out and called Obama “uppity,” kindly leaving the inevitable toRead full post »

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AUGUST 29, 2008 10:23AM

Obama the Politician Slays Obama the Prophet

At some point, Barack Obama had to decide if he wanted to be President, or a prophet; if he wanted to lead a government, or a Movement.   In the primary, the whole "Movement" schtick worked.  He was the insurgent, he had an front-running opponent he could vilify, and the issue (Iraq)… Read full post »

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AUGUST 19, 2008 11:21AM

The Evangelical Cure for Obama's Blackness

After a couple of slave rebellions in the early 19th century, American Christianity shifted irrevocably from a catalyst for slave liberation, to an additional shackle securing black men in bondage to white ones.  After the Vesey and Prosser rebellions, whites largely oversaw slave worship to ensRead full post »