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    My Enemy’s Enemy Is Not My Friend

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    The United States military doesn’t scare ISIS, which welcomes a showdown. Even Muslim foes of ISIS know that U.S. policy in the Middle East is “about carving up continents like pieces of meat, installing compliant dictators, and violently removing them when they no longer serve a purpose.”

    Ferguson – Past is Prologue

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    No matter how you slice and dice the deliberately sparse data, the conclusion is inescapable: “Poor people of color are the enemy that white law enforcement officials must neutralize.”

    Reparations – the 800 lb. Bail of Cotton in the Room

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    It is incontrovertible that the American State and society owes a huge debt to Africans and African Americans. Formulas of calculation and methods of repayment are open to debate, but not the fact of the debt, which is undeniable. White America only escape its vast liabilities by denying the essential humanity of the Black injured parties.


    US Foreign Policy –Wrong Side of History, Wrong Side of World Opinion

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    President Obama has turned his back on his 2009 promises to the Palestinian people, and instead ratcheted up support for Israeli wars, bigotry and racism. “The NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, and other organizations should be front-and-center in condemning the Israeli government’s actions and the Obama administration’s support and encouragement of them.”

    Pax Americana vs. The Arc of the Moral Universe

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    The United States has savaged Central America for most of its history. America’s crimes against generations of people now redound against the perpetrator. “The unaccompanied minors at our Southern border are Malcolm’s ‘chickens coming home to roost.’”

    The Reaction to Donald Sterling, Double Standards in the Midst of a Racial Hierarchy

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    It seems obvious that the NAACP is willing to give a pass to the vilest bigots in return for a monetary contribution. “Prior to Sterling’s recent comments coming to light, he was scheduled to receive his second NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP. Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder enjoys similar impunity.

    Jordan Davis, another Victim of a Murderous Historical Continuum

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    The latest failure to fully convict the perpetrator of a racial killing is yet further evidence that white American civilization is not yet compatible with the rule of law. “In both the Trayvon Martin murder and the murder of Jordan Davis, both victims were in public space, engaged in legal activity, and at the time they were confronted were not a threat to anyone.”

    Obama’s Irresponsible Rhetoric Exacerbates Global Tensions

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    The Obama administration tells the American public that its “intelligence” on Syrian government culpability for chemical attacks is ironclad, and that the “world” agrees with Washington. But much of the planet clearly disagrees. “Is it possible that the ‘world’ does not equate their interests with American interests?”

    The 2013 March, the “Tranquilizing Drug of Gradualism”

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    The 1963 and 2013 marches on Washington shared many of the same issues, but took place in very different political contexts. Fifty years ago, a deep and broad movement pressured Congress and presidents to accede to Black demands. President Obama’s speech at last week’s gathering “did not propose any substantive legislative initiatives to address the suffering of today.”

    Dr. King’s “Dream” vs. Obama’s Realpolitik

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    The commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington will go silent as a bell rings the exact moment when Dr. Martin Luther King addressed the crowd. But MLK would himself be silenced in the current political environment. “Those within the African American community who are engaged in stifling honest, fact-based, critical analysis of the administration’s policies would not allow Dr. King on the dais.”

    VP Cheney, the Pot Calling the Kettle Black?

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

    U.S. corporate media routinely invite documented criminals and liars to share their opinions on national policy and comparative morality. Former vice president Dick Cheney, a champion prevaricator, is invited to judge whistleblower Edward Snowden, a man who, unlike Cheney, “has not lied to the American people in order to garner support of the illegal invasion a sovereign country.”

    President Obama’s Insecure National Security State

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    President Obama’s defense of the very surveillance policies he campaigned against in 2008 “fails the laugh test on a number of levels” – including the legal presumption of innocence. “Where is the basis of ‘probable cause’ to proactively search the records of millions of Americans who have never engaged in any illegal activity let alone activity of a ‘terrorist’ nature?”

    Dr. Ben Carson: Great Surgeon, Bad Icon

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    Ben Carson, the brain doctor, has joined the ranks of the Right’s favorite Negroes. “The likes of a Wardell Connerly, Shelby Steele, or Clarence Thomas stand before conservatives and argue that we no longer need Affirmative Action, Head Start, and other social programs.”

    From Paul Robeson to Dwayne Carter, Jr. “Lil’ Wayne”

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    Lil' Wayne may be a big name in hip hop music, but he's a moral and intellectual lilliputian who trivialized the murder of Emmett Till “ by using it to make sick, caviler, sexist, and misogynistic references to women.” If you are in need of a strong Black male role model, Paul Robeson is your man.

    The Obama Administrations Dick Cheney Moment

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    Connecting the Dots to a Frightening Future

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    Austerity, perpetually high unemployment and other aspects of the New Domestic Order are creating a new “precariat” – a class condemned to permanent precariousness and insecurity.

    Chief Justice Roberts, The Jury is Still Out

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    Much of the Right is furious with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for saving President Obama’s healthcare legislation from constitutional defeat. But Roberts may have had a larger conservative agenda. “Could it be that by rejecting the Obama administration’s assertions under the Commerce Clause that Roberts is paving the way for upcoming conservative challenges to established civil rights legislation?” Justice Roberts might right now be advising his fellow right-wingers: Calm down, you’ll thank me later.

    Obama’s Not the First Black President – He’s the First President Who is Black

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    Obama may be Black, but he’s not that kind of president. “If he were the first Black President he would be using his bully pulpit to champion legislation targeting unemployment in urban areas, poverty, income disparity, and other issues.” This particular Black man is, essentially, a functionary of a government in the service of wealth and empire. “The President’s efforts will not address chronic income disparity or the wealth gap.”

    Trayvon Martin’s Moment Should Spark a Movement

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    For Trayvon Martin’s death to lead to social transformation, decisive leadership is required. Not only can boycotts of Florida’s tourist industry be organized, but “human and civil rights organizations should be meeting and strategizing with the Occupy Movements as they plan for their spring offensives, tying Trayvon’s moment to their movements.”

    What About Trayvon's Right to Self-Defense?

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    Whose right to self-defense trumps in the Trayvon Martin case – the unarmed Black teenager or his killer? The killer who stalked Martin claims he got the worst of a fight, and then fired his weapon. But, “to accept Zimmerman’s version of events and relieve him of any culpability is to ignore Trayvon Martin’s right to walk from the 7-11 back to his place of residence unthreatened.”

    Voter Suppression in 2012, Past is Prologue

    by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

    Republican voter suppression could negate the votes of five million Americans, and potentially sway the 2012 election. “The very people who claim they want to ‘take their country back’; want to ‘restore America to its original ideals’; and ‘protect liberty for all Americans” are working insidiously to deny the franchise to a significant number of American citizens.” Mass disenfranchisement proceeds apace, even though here is almost no voting fraud in America.”

    Attorney General Eric Holder: Wrong on the Law, the Politics, and on the Wrong Side of History

    by Wilmer J. Leon III, Ph.D.

    The first Black president and first Black attorney general have so twisted the Constitutional guarantees of due process of law, that “not only can American citizens be indefinitely detained, they can also be assassinated by their own government at the will and whim of their President.” Eric Holder’s interpretation of the nation’s basic law is both sinister and incompetent. “Holder sounds a lot like former Bush administration counsel John Yoo, the author of the opinion justifying torture.”

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