Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 18 Sep 2018 23:15:35 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/larry-elder-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder 9a76c465adb66d9aea05888f696427d8 Nike Pays Kaepernick to Push Peddle False, Harmful Narrative of Police Brutality for 09/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/18/nike-pays-kaepernick-to-push-peddle-false-harmful-narrative-of-police-brutality Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The NFL's Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who started the phenomenon of NFL players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, has finally signed a deal. But not to play football. </p> <p>No NFL team has offered him a contract since he parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers. His new deal is with Nike, which plans to use him for the 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" campaign. The Nike ad, over an image of Kaepernick, reads: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 13, 2018</p> 35539a362a95018853ed338a04f49120 Aretha's Funeral: Anti-Trump Bigots Hear Truth About the No. 1 Problem in the Black Community for 09/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/18/arethas-funeral-anti-trump-bigots-hear-truth-about-the-no-1-problem-in-the-black-community Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump took a pounding at the services for Aretha Franklin. The Rev. Al Sharpton took Trump to task for supposedly demonstrating a lack of respect by saying, "She worked for me on numerous occasions." Other speakers took shots at the President either by name or by implication for his supposed racism and bigotry.</p> <p>Onstage, in the front row, sat Sharpton, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and former President Bill Clinton, all of whom know a thing or two about racism and bigotry. Their careers depend on exaggerating the extent and the impact of anti-black white racism.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p> 3674ce48adf4f8e37f42a6194dcefe75 Why Do Ex-Clinton Attack Dogs Davis and Stephanopoulos Get a Pass? for 08/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/18/why-do-ex-clinton-attack-dogs-davis-and-stephanopoulos-get-a-pass Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Lanny Davis represents Michael Cohen, the lawyer who secretly taped his then-client, now-President Donald Trump. </p> <p>If you're keeping score, Davis is the same defense lawyer who represented President Bill Clinton during the investigation by special prosecutor Kenneth Starr. To defend Clinton, Davis employed what at the time seemed audacious: a grab-him-by-the-throat-and-rip-his-head-off strategy to vilify Starr. Starr's poll numbers dropped. Davis later admitted, "Whenever I went off the facts and into attacks on Starr, I felt very uncomfortable." <p>Updated: Thu Aug 30, 2018</p> b8a2465d37735e950b0a30fcc8033f27 Trump Haters and Their Double Standards for 08/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/18/trump-haters-and-their-double-standards Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When President Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA head John Brennan, more than a dozen former high-level intelligence officials fired off a letter that said the President's decision was "ill-considered," "inappropriate" and "deeply regrettable."</p> <p>The next day, 60 former lower-level CIA officials signed an open letter condemning the act. Their letter read, in part: "All of us believe it is critical to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure. But we believe equally strongly that former government officials have the right to express their unclassified views on what they see as critical national security issues without fear of being punished for doing so." About a hundred other former officials have since added their names to this letter.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 23, 2018</p> d3379125f5805b67e50d12a4e4ec5fe1 Trump's Hollywood Star Must Go -- But They Get a Pass? for 08/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/18/trumps-hollywood-star-must-go-but-they-get-a-pass Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>During the 2016 presidential campaign, a man dressed like a construction worker, carrying a pickax, destroyed Donald Trump's sidewalk star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce promptly replaced it. Just three weeks ago, a different man, presumably with a different pickax, also destroyed Trump's star. </p> <p>Meanwhile, the neighboring West Hollywood City Council (an independent city) passed a unanimous resolution urging the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (which selects who receives a star) and the City of Los Angeles (where the public sidewalk tourist attraction resides) to remove the star.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 16, 2018</p> e180dfcb8e865d04cdc719b67ce1f25d The New York Times Hires Left-Wing Bigot for Its Editorial Board for 08/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/18/the-new-york-times-hires-left-wing-bigot-for-its-editorial-board Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>The New York Times, for its editorial board, hired a 30-year-old tech writer named Sarah Jeong, an American immigrant from South Korea. But Jeong, only a few years ago, posted a series of offensive, anti-white tweets.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 09, 2018</p> 7d1338f2d6311f4bdffc4da223450e10 Anne Hathaway Is Making 'Race Relations' Worse for 08/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/18/anne-hathaway-is-making-race-relations-worse Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Ms. Anne Hathaway,</p> <p>Two black sisters at an Oakland, California, subway station were attacked by a knife-wielding white man. He killed one sister, Nia Wilson, and injured the other. The Bay Area Rapid Transit police arrested him. His family reportedly told authorities that he suffered from mental problems. The authorities say that, for now, no evidence suggests that the suspect was motivated by race.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 02, 2018</p> 69fb165f5a54be3ca4fc22941eff5830 Trump Skeptical About 'Official Government Findings'? Who Isn't? for 07/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/18/trump-skeptical-about-official-government-findings-who-isnt Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump, in Helsinki, expressed skepticism about the intelligence community's finding that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election. Within 24 hours, the President walked back his skepticism and said he trusts the intel community and believes their finding that Russia interfered with the 2016 election.</p> <p>But the Helsinki hysteria continued. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 26, 2018</p> 1e38c14cd9ee23dc0e8eac1ce8ed26bf Russian Bots vs. Media/Academia/Hollywood -- Which Had a Bigger Impact on the Election? for 07/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/18/russian-bots-vs-mediaacademiahollywood-which-had-a-bigger-impact-on-the-election Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The indictment of a dozen Russian spies explained, in great detail, the extent of their interference in the 2016 election. Americans learned about the depth and extent of the Russian operation to interfere. </p> <p>That the Russian activity altered the outcome of the election to "make Trump win" has become an article of faith for many who still cannot fathom how Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton. This will persist as a subject of speculation in book after book, for a long time. What will be of less concern to the same researchers and writers is the <i>far</i> greater impact of the anti-Trump trio of media, academia and Hollywood.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 19, 2018</p> 8211bf126be5a118900ac64c01dfd321 Slavery: What They Didn't Teach in My High School for 07/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/18/slavery-what-they-didnt-teach-in-my-high-school Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A man I have known since grade school changed his name, years ago, to an Arabic one. He told me he rejected Christianity as "the white man's religion that justified slavery." He argued Africans taken out of that continent were owed reparations. "From whom?" I asked.</p> <p>Arab slavers took more Africans out of Africa and transported them to the Middle East and to South America than European slavers took out of Africa and brought to North America. Arab slavers began taking slaves out of Africa beginning in the ninth century &#8212; centuries before the European slave trade &#8212; and continued well after.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 12, 2018</p> 19b9b670cc66f5578c562ee59ca17512 Trump Blamed for Death of Reporters: Did Media Blame Obama for Cop Killers? for 07/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/18/trump-blamed-for-death-of-reporters-did-media-blame-obama-for-cop-killers Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A man with a long-standing beef against the Annapolis, Maryland, newspaper Capital Gazette entered the paper's headquarters with a shotgun and murdered five staffers. It represents the deadliest attack on U.S. reporters in modern history. </p> <p>Before learning about the suspect's mental issues and his long-standing feud with the newspaper, some in the media blamed President Donald Trump. After all, critics said, Trump routinely denounces "fake news" as an existential threat to our republic. Connect the dots, they said. Blame Trump! CNN aired a montage of Trump's attacks on the media. Rob Cox, a Reuters editor, tweeted: "This is what happens when @RealDonaldTrump calls journalists the enemy of the people. Blood is on your hands, Mr. President." Another reporter, who later resigned, even falsely tweeted that the shooter was wearing a MAGA cap. How do you get <i>that</i> wrong?<p>Updated: Thu Jul 05, 2018</p> 7b358eedc870c4a6484a7670a96947d8 Criminal Behavior, Not Racism, Explains 'Racial Disparities' in Crime Stats for 06/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/18/criminal-behavior-not-racism-explains-racial-disparities-in-crime-stats Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A new study on racial disparities in police conduct found that differences in offending by suspects, not racism, explains officers' responses. </p> <p>In the study "Is There Evidence of Racial Disparity in Police Use of Deadly Force?" professors from Michigan State and Arizona State universities analyzed officer-involved fatal shootings in 2015 and 2016. The report's abstract says: "We benchmark two years of fatal shooting data on 16 crime rate estimates. When adjusting for crime, we find no systematic evidence of anti-black disparities in fatal shootings, fatal shootings of unarmed citizens, or fatal shootings involving misidentification of harmless objects. ... Exposure to police given crime rate differences likely accounts for the higher per capita rate of fatal police shootings for blacks, at least when analyzing all shootings. For unarmed shootings or misidentification shootings, data are too uncertain to be conclusive."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 28, 2018</p> f6c5fe9e207a16fb771e2231a9f30851 IG Report -- Imagine This Level of Bias During the O.J. Simpson Case for 06/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/18/ig-report-imagine-this-level-of-bias-during-the-oj-simpson-case Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Imagine what defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, would have done with notes to and from LAPD lead detectives Tom Lange and Philip Vannatter in which they demeaned Simpson's fans. Imagine a written exchange in which one detective said, "We'll stop him!" Imagine Cochran's opening and closing arguments, to say nothing of his cross-examination, if he'd had evidence similar to the kind of bias found in the Department of Justice inspector general's report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. </p> <p>The DOJ IG report included several messages between FBI attorneys and employees who worked on the email investigation. Here is one from an unidentified FBI employee (who didn't work on the email investigation) to FBI attorneys, the day after Trump's election: "I can't stop crying. ... You promised me this wouldn't happen. YOU PROMISED. ... Trump's supporters are all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS that think he will magically grant them jobs for doing nothing. They probably didn't watch the debates, aren't fully educated on his policies, and are stupidly wrapped up in his unmerited enthusiasm."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018</p> b74a19efa5a980a3673546163978b8fe If Tough Anti-Drug Laws Are 'Racist,' Blame Black Leaders for 06/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/18/if-tough-anti-drug-laws-are-racist-blame-black-leaders Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Why did Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender, get a life sentence? She and her husband divorced in 1989. The next year, she lost her job as a FedEx manager, followed by bankruptcy and home foreclosure in 1991. The following year, the mother of five lost her youngest child in a tragic motorcycle accident. She says the emotional and financial pressure caused her to make the "biggest mistake of (her) life." By her own admission, she "became what is called a telephone mule ... passing messages between the distributors and sellers ... in a drug conspiracy." She and 15 others were arrested in 1993 for drug trafficking and money laundering. </p> <p>While many of her co-defendants were given reduced or dropped charges for cooperating with prosecutors, Johnson was convicted for cocaine conspiracy and money laundering in 1996, and sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole, plus an additional 25 years.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 14, 2018</p> db8fb80562b4a9d9ef49c670ab50d027 Black Motorists Lying on Cops -- Who's Doing the 'Racial Profiling'? for 06/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/18/black-motorists-lying-on-cops-whos-doing-the-racial-profiling Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In the last few weeks, <i>three</i> black motorists, including an NAACP chapter president, made blatantly false allegations against perfectly courteous police officers. </p> <p>Now who's "racially profiling"?</p> <p>First, in Timmonsville, S.C., local NAACP President the Rev. Jerrod Moultrie put up a lengthy post on his Facebook page: "Tonight, I was racially profiled by Timmonsville Officer CAUSE I WAS DRIVING A MERCEDES BENZ AND GOING HOME IN A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD." The reverend claimed the officer told him, "I am doing you a favor tonight not taking you to jail or writing you a ticket."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 07, 2018</p> 445af16a1865eb17b0fa3aca24f75b71 Roseanne Is Out? Explain Maher, Sharpton and Olbermann for 05/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/18/roseanne-is-out-explain-maher-sharpton-and-olbermann Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Roseanne Barr lost her new television show. </p> <p>Barr, in a tweet about Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, said of Jarrett: "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj." The comedian deleted the offensive tweet, but the damage was irreversible. The reaction was swift. </p> <p>The Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted: "The comparison ... of ... Valerie Jarrett to an APE is racist and inexcusable. ABC must take action NOW!" The Disney-owned ABC issued the following statement: "Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show." Barr left Disney little choice. Standing by her would have meant advertiser boycotts, forcing any company that advertises on her show to explain their association with a "racist." <p>Updated: Thu May 31, 2018</p> c061f782827360755a67a385abec8c45 In Calling MS-13 Gang Members 'Animals,' Trump Was Kind for 05/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/18/in-calling-ms-13-gang-members-animals-trump-was-kind Thu, 24 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump doubled down on calling members of a notorious street gang "animals." Good for him for not backing down and for shining a light on an outrageous phenomenon, especially in Southern California: Latino gangs that target blacks, whether or not they belong to gangs, for death. </p> <p>Trump, during a roundtable discussion last week with state and local officials from California about so-called sanctuary laws, said: "Deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws ... (offer) safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on earth, like MS-13 gang members, putting innocent men, women and children at the mercy of these sadistic criminals."<p>Updated: Thu May 24, 2018</p> 276351af2a6fae09dff4409a9f292afc Fake Russian Ads Stoked Racial Tensions -- Race-Hustling Democrats 'Colluded' for 05/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/18/fake-russian-ads-stoked-racial-tensions-race-hustling-democrats-colluded Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump rejects the narrative that Russia wanted him to win. USA Today examined each of the 3,517 Facebook ads bought by the Russian-based Internet Research Agency, the company that employed 12 of the 13 Russians indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for interfering with the 2016 election. It turns out only about 100 of its ads explicitly endorsed Trump or opposed Hillary Clinton. </p> <p>Most of the fake ads focused on racial division, with many of the ads attempting to exploit what Russia perceives, or wants America to perceive, as severe racial tension between blacks and whites.<p>Updated: Thu May 17, 2018</p> 3596feb0d9023bab0f2a47ca80d7d4df Democrats' War on Capitalism for 05/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/18/democrats-war-on-capitalism Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hillary Clinton recently offered yet another reason why she lost her second consecutive race for the presidency: capitalism.</p> <p>At the Shared Value Leadership Summit in New York City, Clinton was asked whether her self-proclaimed "capitalist" stance hurt her during the 2016 presidential primary season. "It's hard to know," she said, "but I mean, if you're in the Iowa caucuses and 41 percent of Democrats are socialists or self-described socialists, and I'm asked, 'Are you a capitalist?' and I say, 'Yes, but with appropriate regulation and appropriate accountability.' You know, that probably gets lost in the 'Oh, my gosh, she's a capitalist!'" <p>Updated: Thu May 10, 2018</p> b9f69369f910909b99b378fb32f934c2 Trump's 2 Big Advantages: Time and Low Expectations for 05/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/18/trumps-2-big-advantages-time-and-low-expectations Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Despite the daily pounding he receives from the media, President Donald Trump enjoys two advantages &#8212; low expectations and lots of time. </p> <p>When the opposition party and their media cohorts call Trump an idiot, a fool, a liar, racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican, incompetent, lazy, unfocused, greedy, hateful, fascist, tyrannical and/or Hitler-esque, there's really nowhere to go but up. Recall how immediately after Trump took office, "experts" predicted a short administration, perhaps of months-long duration. Critics said Trump did not really think he would win. The recent anti-Trump book by Michael Wolff even claims that Trump <i>did not want</i> to win. Some even predicted that Trump, having captured the presidency, would grow bored and quickly return to his construction business. <p>Updated: Thu May 03, 2018</p>