Wilmer J. Leon III's blog

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

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 11:56

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

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:03

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

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:07

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

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 04/29/2014 - 17:06

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

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 16:10

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

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 09/10/2013 - 12:29

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”

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 09/03/2013 - 16:53

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

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 12:34

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?

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 15:20

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

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 18:32

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?”

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

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 17:14

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

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 00:47

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

Connecting the Dots to a Frightening Future

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:16

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

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 15:09

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

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Mon, 06/18/2012 - 23:09

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.”

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