May 18, 2022
This week’s special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show confronts the white supremacist terrorist attack on the black community in Buffalo, New York.
Leonce Gaiter’s nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, LA Weekly, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.
Gaiter is also the author of the historical novel, “I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang”.
He reflects on questions of justice, black rage, black revenge, and white denial and complicity in response to white supremacist terrorism and other white racist violence. Gaiter warns that there is a vested interest among America’s political class and other elites – on both sides of the color line -- to not truly confront white supremacy in this society.
He explains why the Buffalo white supremacist terrorist’s manifesto and name should be spread widely and used as a tool to shame White America about its relationship to and enabling of white supremacist violence and other evil.
Tim Wise is an author, activist and leading expert on white privilege and racism. He is the author of many books, including his most recent "Dispatches From the Race War."
He explores the role of white privilege, white racial innocence, and white denial in the Buffalo white supremacist terrorist attack.
Wise warns that the white supremacist terrorist attack in Buffalo is likely the first of what will be many other such events here in the United States.
He also counsels that we must remain persistent in the anti-racism struggle and not surrender to exhaustion or otherwise be worn down by repetition.
Chauncey DeVega reflects on racial battle fatigue, the long Black Freedom Struggle, and how to defend oneself against pathological white supremacy and racism in a country that is in the midst of a neofascist attack on democracy and the health, lives, sanity, and future of black and brown people and other marginalized groups.
And Chauncey returns to the foundational question in these moments of evil and destruction: what type of human being do you want to be?
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Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.