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 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 18:37:25 -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 4886c12f8ff58aec9bb32a15ce828ebd Yes on School Choice -- But It Requires Parental Involvement for 07/08/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/21/yes-on-school-choice-but-it-requires-parental-involvement Thu, 08 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Question my sanity, but I'm considering running in this election to recall California's Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. Here's a big reason why.</p> <p>No one doubts that bad K-12 public school teachers exist. There is a phenomenon known as the "turkey trot," in which bad teachers wind up in the worst schools. </p> <p>Why? There is a connection between bad schools and lack of parental involvement. When you have strong parental involvement, parents pressure their schools to remove such teachers. Because of strong, protective teachers unions, these teachers are rarely fired, merely shuffled from school to school, until they land in one where few parents complain.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 08, 2021</p> e74eafce6fe2b4f8038a657e70e810d7 On Race, Can We All Lighten Up? for 07/01/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/21/on-race-can-we-all-lighten-up Thu, 01 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On a beautiful Sunday morning, I was out of town for a business meeting in the city of Santa Barbara, California, an affluent area where the rich and famous live. Demographically, it isn't exactly Wakanda. Before getting on the 101 Freeway for the long drive back to Los Angeles, I pulled into a gas station to fill up.</p> <p>Just as I got out of my car, I heard a booming male voice shout, "Hey, want a banana?" My head jerked up to locate the racist. Turns out the man who bellowed was standing next to his SUV, tailgate open, where I saw a big bag of bananas. The man was talking to a homeless guy picking through trash in a nearby garbage can. Both the SUV driver and the homeless man were white. </p> <p>Once I put all this together, I smiled and said to the driver: "Hey, I thought you were talking to me! I was about to accuse you of systemic racism." The driver started laughing. Then I said: "I think I'm <i>still</i> going to accuse you of systemic racism. How come the only person you offered a banana to is white? What about me?" Now the homeless man started laughing. Then I said, "And I don't even <i>like</i> bananas." Both were now laughing, and the homeless guy said, "Man, you are so funny." I responded: "Thanks. I'm here all week. Two drink minimum. Don't forget to throw something in my tip jar." At this point, both practically doubled over in laughter. As I drove away, I said to myself: "Did I just ask a homeless man to leave me a tip? Elder, you're going to burn in hell."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 01, 2021</p> ed52bd8bec22bbd82b28a14df757dd3d VP Harris, What About the 'Root Cause' of Urban Homicide? for 06/24/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/21/vp-harris-what-about-the-root-cause-of-urban-homicide Thu, 24 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Vice President Kamala Harris just returned from Guatemala where she discussed the "root cause" of the post-election "surge" of "migrants" to our southern border. Harris said, "People leave home ... because they don't have opportunities there to fulfill their basic needs like feeding their children or keeping a roof over their head, or they're fleeing some kind of harm."</p> <p>But the USA also faces a surge in crime, including homicide, in many American cities. Why aren't we discussing <i>this</i> root cause? It cannot be because, as Harris says about migrants, people "don't have opportunities there to fill their basic needs." After all, these migrants come precisely because they see opportunity here that they do not see in their home countries.</p> <p>But about Los Angeles, the local NBC affiliate recently reported: "One hundred forty-one people have been murdered so far in 2021, a 22% increase over the same period in 2020. Six hundred people have been struck by gunfire in shootings in 2021, a 59% increase over this time last year."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 24, 2021</p> bd62f4597808375c03502ae06e229b58 Father's Day: Fatherless, America's Top Domestic Problem for 06/17/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/21/fathers-day-fatherless-americas-top-domestic-problem Thu, 17 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A new powerful new documentary called "The Streets Were My Father" features three Chicago men, two Hispanics and one Black, who grew up without fathers. All three did hard time for serious offenses, including murder.</p> <p>The film, with no narrator, just lets the men talk. None blames "systemic racism." All concede they made bad choices, but choices nonetheless. All talked about the pain they felt growing up without a father figure to instruct, scold, guide, motivate and instill confidence and direction. I highly recommend it.</p> <p>In Barack Obama's first book, "Dreams From My Father," he talked about the hole in his soul, having last seen his father, briefly, when Obama was 10: "There was only one problem: my father was missing. He had left paradise (Hawaii), and nothing that my mother or grandparents told me could obviate that single, unassailable fact. Their stories didn't tell me why he had left. They couldn't describe what it might have been like had he stayed."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 17, 2021</p> 5da71f354dbc37ac5f501adaba071415 Trump's 'Racist' Rhetoric Blamed for Anti-Asian Hate for 06/10/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/21/trumps-racist-rhetoric-blamed-for-anti-asian-hate Thu, 10 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, released findings in March that showed a rise of 149% in reported anti-Asian American hate crimes from 2019 to 2020. PolitiFact wrote: "The report doesn't mention former President Donald Trump. However, it does show that Google searches found spikes for racist terms such as 'China virus' and 'Kung Flu' spiked throughout 2020." As to Trump calling the coronavirus the "Chinese virus" or the "Kung Flu," Asian American Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said: "It did not help the situation. And frankly, it's appalling that it's been allowed ... to become this bad. ... But we have a long way to go in this country. Asian Americans are still viewed as an 'other.'" In short, blame Trump.</p> <p>But according to Voice Of America News: "In New York City, where anti-Asian hate crime soared nearly nine-fold in 2020 over the year before, only two of the 20 people arrested last year in connection with these attacks were white, according to New York Police Department data analyzed by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Eleven were African Americans, six were white Hispanics and one was a Black Hispanic." Not exactly your typical Trump voters. "'I thought it was jarring,' said Brian Levin, executive director of the center, noting that the finding runs counter to assumptions made by many that perpetrators of anti-Asian hate are mostly angry white men who blame China for the COVID-19 pandemic."</p> <p>But not to worry. Professor Jennifer Ho of the University of Colorado at Boulder offers a ready explanation for Black hate crimes against Asian Americans: "white superiority." In an article called "White Supremacy Is the Root of Race-Related Violence in the United States," Ho writes: "Anti-Asian racism has the same source as anti-Black racism: white supremacy. So when a Black person attacks an Asian person, the encounter is fueled perhaps by racism, but very specifically by white supremacy. White supremacy does not require a white person to perpetuate it. ... The dehumanization of Asian people by U.S. society is driven by white supremacy and not by any Black person who may or may not hate Asians."<p>Updated: Thu Jun 10, 2021</p> f179f5ea6c69b505360697f41ecae22f Jan. 6 Commission: Do Democrats Really Want 'the Facts'? for 06/03/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/21/jan-6-commission-do-democrats-really-want-the-facts Thu, 03 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>After impeaching President Donald Trump for the so-called insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021, House Democrats want to, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it, "establish a bipartisan agreement for a 9/11-style commission to report on the facts and the causes of the attack." Before the Senate vote to establish this commission, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, "The American people will see where every member stands: on the side of truth or on the side of Donald Trump's big lie."</p> <p>Having already pronounced Jan. 6 an "insurrection" sparked by Trump's "big lie," Democrats like Pelosi and Schumer tell us, with a straight face, they only want "the facts," which they did not need <i>before</i> impeaching Trump. About Trump's so-called big lie, Democrats insist it "undermines our democracy" and "compromises the integrity of the vote." These are the same Democrats who, for four-plus years, allowed Hillary Clinton to call the 2016 election "stolen" and Trump "illegitimate." Somehow, our republic survived.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">How have claims made by Clinton and others affected the way Democrats view the 2016 election?</span><p>Updated: Thu Jun 03, 2021</p> f7ddf943ace6df8e63bbc78c7a637854 On Reparations: John F. Kennedy vs. Robert F. Kennedy for 05/27/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/21/on-reparations-john-f-kennedy-vs-robert-f-kennedy Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When did the civil rights movement go off the rails?</p> <p>The answer is when proponents went from justly demanding equal rights to unjustly demanding equal <i>results</i>. As to exactly when this occurred, that's more difficult to answer. But consider statements, made five years apart, from the Kennedy brothers, John F. and Robert F. </p> <p>Neither brother was asked about nor used the word "reparations." But during an August 1963 press conference, a reporter asked President John Kennedy about "special dispensation" for Blacks: "Mr. President, some Negro leaders are saying that, like the Jews persecuted by the Nazis, the Negro is entitled to some kind of special dispensation for the pain of second-class citizenship over these many decades and generations. What is your view of that in general, and what is your view in particular on the specific point that they are recommending of job quotas by race?"<p>Updated: Thu May 27, 2021</p> 6a695cd067411b88fbe7b1ce59c149a7 Fake Outrage Over Cheney 'Ouster'; Dems 'Ousted' Bernie Twice for 05/20/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/21/fake-outrage-over-cheney-ouster-dems-ousted-bernie-twice Thu, 20 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>House Republican leadership removed Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from her leadership position, a position her indignant liberal defenders likely did not even know existed until days ago. Cheney became Republican roadkill when she not only voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump but also became a vocal critic of his alleged "big lie" about the 2020 election. </p> <p>Cue the fake outrage by Democrats and the media.</p> <p>A CNN headline read in part: "Ousted Cheney Warns Direction of the Party is 'Dangerous.'" MSNBC wrote, "The GOP infighting reached a turning point after Republicans ousted Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her leadership position." <p>Updated: Thu May 20, 2021</p> 304388e0069df0bf149a8b975f4a54f1 Is COVID-19 Relief Encouraging People Not to Work? Dems Say, 'No Evidence.' When Have Dems Needed Evidence? for 05/13/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/21/is-covid-19-relief-encouraging-people-not-to-work-dems-say-no-evidence-when-have-dems-needed-evidence Thu, 13 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Experts" predicted 1 million jobs would be created in April. The actual number fell far short, at 266,000. Republicans warned that overly generous COVID-19 relief benefits create a disincentive to work. </p> <p>The day before this disappointing jobs report, Bloomberg wrote: "In earnings calls and business surveys, executives often blame stimulus checks and generous unemployment benefits for hampering hiring efforts. ...</p> <p>"Friday's employment report, which is projected to show the economy added 1 million jobs in April, should offer new insight into this mismatch and whether it's deterring growth."<p>Updated: Thu May 13, 2021</p> 7fbcd813ed3f1e792327be598d6c4fe0 White-Savior Movies, Bad; White-Savior Politicians, Good for 05/06/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/21/white-savior-movies-bad-white-savior-politicians-good Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I recently came across the term "white-savior movies." According to critics, this is a type of film that features a white hero or heroine entering the life of a helpless, troubled, often clueless Black person and, as one Black critic puts it, "swoops in" to turn his or her life around.</p> <p>In an article called "Top 5 Most Cringeworthy White Savior Films," a critic named OnlyBlackGirl offered this definition: "If you're not familiar with the 'white savior complex' it's basically is when there's a person or community of color facing some hardship and some white figure swoops in on their kale carpet to save us. Obviously, no person of color can succeed without a pale hand of whiteness reaching down into our broken lives."</p> <p>The hit movie "The Blind Side," starring Sandra Bullock, drew the wrath of many Black critics who found it insulting and condescending. OnlyBlackGirl wrote: "Let me just start by saying, I hate everything about this film. I hate how they portray this young man as a stupid Black man incapable of doing anything without being cradled in the white bosom of this lady who kind of forcefully takes pity on him and brings him into her home."<p>Updated: Thu May 06, 2021</p> fb7afae83aa3d83377df1336a442a3cf Maxine Waters' Anti-Cop Rhetoric is Getting Black People Killed for 04/29/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/04/21/maxine-waters-anti-cop-rhetoric-is-getting-black-people-killed Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In June 2018, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., publicly exhorted her supporters to harass cabinet members of the Trump administration.</p> <p>At an outdoor rally in Los Angeles, Waters, with microphone in hand and amplifiers nearby, shouted: "Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere."</p> <p>In response, President Donald Trump tweeted: "Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!" <p>Updated: Thu Apr 29, 2021</p> 2d5da08a856549db28890970fd10d022 Derek Chauvin: The Great White Defendant for 04/22/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/04/21/derek-chauvin-the-great-white-defendant Thu, 22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In the brilliant novel "The Bonfire of the Vanities," author Tom Wolfe describes what he calls the intense media interest in covering "The Great White Defendant." </p> <p>A review of "Bonfire" explains: "The overarching theme of the book is the search for the great white defendant. The vast majority of defendants in New York City are minorities, arrested for killing another minority. The vast majority of the cops and prosecutors are all about the press and their careers. One drug dealer killing another drug dealer is not going to get you any attention; it's a dog-bites-man story &#8212; no story. What you want is a man-bites-dog story. Therefore, subliminally, the police, prosecutors and press are always looking for a great white defendant who will make their careers."</p> <p>Nobody, Wolfe writes, gets upset about massive media coverage of The Great White Defendant. Blacks enjoy watching media coverage of well-off white men, in this case a Wall Street trader, accused of serious wrongdoing, in this case murder. Guilty whites are used to perpetuate the systemic racism media narrative. And the media feel noble when pushing it. Win, win, win.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 22, 2021</p> 0069193ce5198915480731215cb8e3a0 Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Cashes In on 'Systemic Racism' for 04/15/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/04/21/black-lives-matter-co-founder-cashes-in-on-systemic-racism Thu, 15 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Patrisse Cullors is a co-founder of Blacks Lives Matter. About her background, she said in 2015: "The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia (Garza, BLM co-founder) in particular are trained organizers." Cullors also said: "We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk."</p> <p>Cullors, the self-described "trained Marxist," appears to be doing quite well for herself. Last year, she signed a major Hollywood production deal. Variety reported: "The co-founder of Black Lives Matter has signed her first ... overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group. Characterized as multi-year and wide-ranging, the pact will see Cullors develop and produce original programming across all platforms, including broadcast, cable and streaming." Her <i>first</i> overall deal? So much for that "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" stuff.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 15, 2021</p> 1b778b5025f0c936cc4133ca8f6e724e Had Obama Not Played the Race Card, George Floyd Might Be Alive for 04/08/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/04/21/had-obama-not-played-the-race-card-george-floyd-might-be-alive Thu, 08 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>George Floyd might be alive had former President Barack Obama not, for eight years, consistently play the anti-cop race card. </p> <p>Despite receiving more white votes than 2004 Democratic candidate John Kerry, Obama said: "The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives &#8212; you know, that casts a long shadow, and that's still part of our DNA that's passed on. We're not cured of it. ... Racism &#8212; we are not cured of it."</p> <p>Obama's own presidential victory demonstrates that America is not "systemically racist." In 2007, Gallup found that fewer Americans (5%) said they would not vote for a Black person than said they would not vote for a woman (11%), referring to his nomination rival Hillary Clinton. The same Gallup poll found that 24% and 42% of Americans, respectively, would not vote for a Mormon, referring to Mitt Romney, or for a person who would be 72 years old when he became president, referring to Sen. John McCain. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 08, 2021</p> aeba8e4900ec060995bdd7aea12ee3f2 Fight Left-Wing Lies With ... Facts for 04/01/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/21/fight-left-wing-lies-with-facts Thu, 01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A couple of years ago, I gave a speech before a conservative, predominantly white audience. I couldn't help but notice a tall, heavyset Black man, arms folded, standing in the back. From time to time, I would look at him, only to see him frown and shake his head, I assumed disapprovingly, when I made what I considered important points.</p> <p>After the speech, he came up to me. "I am angry," he said. "Not at you &#8212; at myself. I thought I was well informed. I read the news. I watch the news. I now see I've been manipulated by the party that I voted for all my life."</p> <p>He then ticked off some of the points I made in my speech that he said surprised or even shocked him. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 01, 2021</p> 4c232163aae0cd0526720af3398142a6 Trump Critics Who Called Vaccine Timetable Reckless Now Say It's Reckless NOT to Take the Vaccine for 03/25/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/21/trump-critics-who-called-vaccine-timetable-reckless-now-say-its-reckless-not-to-take-the-vaccine Thu, 25 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dr. Anthony Fauci wants former President Donald Trump to tell his supporters to take the COVID-19 vaccine. It is true that a March 2021 NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that 47% of Trump 2020 supporters said they would not get vaccinated. It is also true that Trump has urged Americans to take the vaccine. He called it safe and said that he and Melania have been vaccinated. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">But after attacking Trump as a lying incompetent who makes outlandish statements, why should anyone on the left be surprised by skepticism about the vaccine?</span></p> <p>On May 15, then-President Trump announced Operation Warp Speed, a $10 billion program with a goal of producing 300 million vaccine doses to administer to Americans by January. But three days earlier, Fauci testified before Congress and said, "There's no guarantee that the vaccine is actually going to be effective." Two days after that, Rick Bright, the former head the federal government's Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, testified: "Normally, it takes up to 10 years to make a vaccine. ... A lot of optimism is swirling around a 12- to 18-month time frame, if everything goes perfectly. We have never seen everything go perfectly." <p>Updated: Thu Mar 25, 2021</p> f7776d731ed88639483d1856c6f286d4 Top High Schools Scrap Merit-Based Admission; Will the 'Woke' NBA Follow? for 03/18/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/21/top-high-schools-scrap-merit-based-admission-will-the-woke-nba-follow Thu, 18 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>San Francisco's Lowell High School is one of the top public high schools in California. Beginning with its 2021 freshman class, Lowell plans to switch from a merit-based admission system to that of a lottery.</p> <p>How good is Lowell? It ranked 68th nationwide by U.S. News last year.</p> <p>About the school's reputation for academic excellence, The San Francisco Unified School District website says: "(Lowell) has been recognized 4 times as a National Blue Ribbon School, 8 times as a California Distinguished School, and one time as a Gold Ribbon School. Lowell has been consistently ranked #1 in the Western Region for the number of Advanced Placement Exams given."<p>Updated: Thu Mar 18, 2021</p> d017fe3c6895dd849e3a94a86791cc87 Some Final Thoughts on Reparations for 03/11/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/21/some-final-thoughts-on-reparations Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>How would reparations be funded? </p> <p>Conservative writer Michael Medved estimates that only 5% of whites in America "bear any authentic sort of generational guilt for the exploitation of slave labor."</p> <p>Why should anyone but Democrats pay?<p>Updated: Thu Mar 11, 2021</p> 3fee201a8b2f581b73380d43284b48f5 The Case Against Reparations: Part 2 for 03/04/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/03/21/the-case-against-reparations-part-2 Thu, 04 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>With reparations, there is the issue of who pays. Do African countries owe reparations to Black Americans? After all, Harvard's director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Henry Louis Gates, wrote that 90% of those enslaved and shipped to the New World were sold by Africans to European slavers. All whites? Only whites? Nonwhites? Are payments owed before the United States became a country?<p>Updated: Thu Mar 04, 2021</p> 3aeb62764414b5572988ee9133754135 The Case Against Reparations: Part 1 for 02/25/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/21/the-case-against-reparations-part-1 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Last week, I testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties regarding H.R. 40: Examining the Path to Reparative Justice in America. In other words, reparations. This is the first part of the statement I submitted:</p> <p>"Reparations is the extraction of money from people who were never slave owners to be given to people who were never slaves."</p> <p>It is also interesting that we are having this hearing at a time when racism as a barrier to success has never been so insignificant. In 1991, Black Democrat and Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson said: "The sociological truths are that America, while still flawed in its race relations and its stubborn refusal to institute a rational, universal welfare system, is now the least racist white-majority society in the world; has a better record of legal protection of minorities than any other society, white or Black; offers more opportunities to a greater number of Black persons than any other society, including all those of Africa."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 25, 2021</p>