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Leid Stories – 06.22.15

The Charleston Massacre: Solace, Solidarity and Lots of Sidestepping

An outpouring of concern and support for the jolted, grieving congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., is helping to blunt the impact of the massacre last Wednesday of nine of its members, including its pastor, and wounding of three others at a prayer and bible-study meeting.

Dylann Storm Roof, 21, the alleged lone gunman, believes he struck a blow for white supremacy in America. (A 2,000-word “manifesto” posted on Roof’s website laments the inability of whites to keep African Americans, Jews and Latinos in check and maintain total control.) But “official” opinion—even by President Barack Obama—seems to disagree with Roof’s declaration of his motives. This was not an act of terrorism but of hate, the revisionists say, and the remedy urgently needed is gun control.

Leid Stories discusses their political sidestepping.

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Leid Stories – 06.16.15

White Like Me: Race, Power and Privilege in America

In a hard-hitting presentation, Tim Wise, an anti-racism activist and writer, talks about white privilege and how it buttresses and perpetuates racial inequality and oppression in America.

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Leid Stories – 06.12.15

Here We Are; We Are Here: A Reality Check on ‘Reform’ in America (Part 5)

Concluding this five-part series, Leid Stories looks at ways in which self-created social, political and economic systems immediately can be implemented and take effect.

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Leid Stories – 06.09.15

Here We Are; We Are Here: A Reality Check on ‘Reform’ in America (Part 2)

Continuing yesterday’s discussion, Leid Stories focuses on the need for self-created social, political and systems.

Leid Stories – 06.08.15

Here We Are; We Are Here: A Reality Check on ‘Reform’ in America

Claims of “progress” made and of “reforms” toward social, political and economic justice in America have fallen far short of the realities that confront us and the deep-seated issues that continue to haunt us as a nation. Yet, even the oppressed appear to have accepted the myth of “change.”

Leid Stories explains that social and legislative palliatives are designed to maintain, not change, America’s rigidly race-based culture.

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Leid Stories – 04.27.15

A Life-Changing Experience –
An upset stomach turns out to be something that lands Utrice in the hospital undergoing a battery of tests that yield a somber diagnosis.
She shares the experience with listeners.

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Leid Stories – 03.16.15

Mayhem, Murder, Madness, Money and Media Myopia

Leid Stories takes a look at a few major stories that illustrate how U.S. news outlets willingly toe ideological, political and racial lines in their coverage, and how this in turn shapes and controls our views of the world and our place in it.

Media literacy is a regular feature of Leid Stories.

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Leid Stories – 03.03.15

Toil and Trouble: Black Labor from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement (Part 4)

Our guest, Professor Charles L. Lumpkins, concludes his presentation on African American labor from the Civil War to the turn of the 21st century—covering the periods of chattel slavery, Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and the Progressive Era.