Jan 20, 2022
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.
His essay “The True Story of The Harder They Fall’s Villain Is Even Weirder Than in the Movie” was recently featured at Slate. He is the author of several novels including his most recent, “In the Company of Educated Men”.
Gaiter is also the author of the historical novel, “I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang”.
He explains how an allegiance to Whiteness and the many big and little lies of white supremacy and racism will bring the ultimate destruction of the United States. Gaiter also warns that American fascism and the Jim Crow Republican and Trump’s attempt to overthrow America’s multiracial democracy on Jan. 6 (and beyond) highlights a profound cultural and political sickness across the color line here in America.
He also reflects on how White America is fundamentally in denial and possessed by a willful naivete and gross childish thinking about its capacity for and attraction to violence, death, and destruction.
Chauncey shares his New Year’s 2022 thoughts about life, vulnerability, responsibility, vocation, money, choices, what it means to be “normal”, and “the big picture” after his recent brush with death.
He also highlights how the hope peddlers and happy-pill sellers and too many others in the mainstream American corporate news media are continuing to normalize (and literally white wash) American neofascism and Trumpism even as they reflect on the one-year “anniversary” of Jan. 6.
And Chauncey DeVega also shares some wisdom about optimism and hope and struggle as learned from the Black Freedom Struggle hope warrior titans Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
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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.