Leon Wynter

blogger, The American Race

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Director of Communications for the Harlem Community Development Corp; long-time journalist, he blogs about the racial and ethnic transformation of America at The American Race; author of American Skin: Big Business, Pop Culture and the End of White America

Leon Wynter on KCRW

During his three-day publicity blitz, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has injected himself back into the presidential campaign.  Barack Obama  has distanced himself from Reverend Wright.

Rev. Wright, Part II

During his three-day publicity blitz, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has injected himself back into the presidential campaign. Barack Obama has distanced himself from Reverend Wright.

from To the Point

It's the birthday of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , and his legacy is a guaranteed topic at tonight's Democratic debate in Las Vegas.

Race and Civil Rights in the Democratic Primary Campaign

It's the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. , and his legacy is a guaranteed topic at tonight's Democratic debate in Las Vegas.

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Barack Obama 's mother was white and his father was African. In the United States, that makes him black.

Obama, Race and the Presidential Campaign

Barack Obama 's mother was white and his father was African. In the United States, that makes him black.

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66 million years ago, an asteroid caused Earth’s Fifth Extinction, destroying the dinosaurs and most other life forms. Now Earth is facing another extinction, as fish, plants and animals vanish forever. But this time, it’s not the asteroid, it’s us. This week, hundreds of people, both young and old, took to the streets in cities all over the world to begin weeks of protest called the Extinction Rebellion. In the natural course of evolution, the decline and disappearance of a life form takes thousands of years. In the course of a human lifetime, not even one species might disappear. But now, some 28,000 species are vanishing all of a sudden. Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker magazine has written a book called “The Sixth Extinction.” She says, “Extinction rates are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times higher than what is known as the background extinction rate that has pertained over most of geological history.” In her words, “You should not be able to see all sorts of mammals -- to name just one group -- either going extinct or on the verge of extinction. And that is a tipoff that something very, very unusual, and I would add, very dangerous, is going on.” “We’re running geological history backwards. Fossil fuels that were created over the course of hundreds of millions of years buried a lot of carbon underground. We’re now combusting it, putting that carbon back into the atmosphere over a matter of centuries. So we’re taking a process that hundreds of millions of years to run in one direction and then, in a matter of centuries, running it in another direction.” We’ll hear what that means now and for the future of life as we know it.

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