After almost five years of writing, editing
and rewriting, Leo Oladimu candidly relates
the incredible story of his life. From the
beginning, this is a memoir like no
other. For starters, the original memoir is
handprinted entirely in pencil, a true
manuscript in every sense of the word. Why?
The answer to that question and others
is revealed in Leo’s own words:
Beige: An Unlikely Trip Through
America’s Racial Obsession [Kindle Edition.]
“A half-Black punk rocker from DC
with an IQ in the top 1% goes to prison in
New York at 19 for a crime he didn’t
commit. Eleven years later he gets out,
and three months after that, is accused by
the US government of leading a neo-Nazi
terrorist plot to blow up a gathering of Jews
at the New England Holocaust Memorial
Ten years later, he’s Black again.
Impossible? Totally happened. Here’s how:
Beige: An Unlikely Trip Through America’s
Racial Obsession is my story, raw dog, no cut.
There was a lot of hype surrounding my case
in ’01, but even the media’s fun-house-mirror
version of what went down with me still managed
to strike a chord with a lot of people, particularly
with other Multiracial folks like myself,
leaving them with questions in their minds —
Why? How? No secondhand account of
Leo Felton has ever answered those questions,
whether due to ideological dogmatism on the
part of the writers or just due to the fact
that the story is unique and that if you aren’t
me you can’t truly explain how and why it happened.
Whatever the case, the government and its press
have never explained it.
So I have.”