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 Sun, 20 Sep 2020 16:03:54 -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 093bf2982c112a1061bfe47cb4f36713 Dems Call Trump a Mass-Murdering Racist; His Poll Numbers Rise for 09/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/20/dems-call-trump-a-mass-murdering-racist-his-poll-numbers-rise Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>According to a recent Hill-HarrisX poll of registered voters, President Donald Trump's approval rating just hit its highest mark since June. This may or may not hold after back-to-back alleged "bombshells" about what Trump knew about COVID-19 and about Trump allegedly disparaging fallen soldiers as "losers." </p> <p>But still, for Democrats, these new poll numbers are triggering yet another round of head-shaking. After all, the Democratic perception and characterization of Trump is that of a crass, ignorant, xenophobic, incompetent, mass-murdering racist. </p> <p>How, they ask, can someone who put the "d" in deplorable not find himself universally rejected? Or, as Peter Strzok, the fired senior FBI agent who led the Trump-Russia collusion probe, famously texted about the 2016 election, "Hillary should win 100,000,000-0."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 17, 2020</p> 7b53c66980681ce28a981999f6f0731b A Tale of Two White, Bigoted Team Owners for 09/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/20/a-tale-of-two-white-bigoted-team-owners Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Assuming one can still call an owner of a professional basketball team an "owner," this piece is about two of them. Both owners are white and bigoted, but only one was white, bigoted <i>and</i> incredibly stupid.</p> <p>The first was named Ted Stepien. In 1980, this advertising magnate purchased the abysmal NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. Stepien thought he had a formula for success. White fans, he insisted, preferred to watch white players. The Cavaliers' stadium, at the time, was located between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, in a predominantly white demographical area. Stepien felt fans would come if the players looked like them. In 1981, he told Sport Magazine: "I feel that whites should have a position in the athletic world. Sometimes they've given it up. ... Professional sports in general would gain greater respect if whites competed more with Blacks in athletics, as much as Blacks want to compete more in the business world."</p> <p>Stepien stacked the team with white players for the white fans. In 1980, he told a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer: "No team should be all white and no team should be all Black, either. That's what bothers me about the NBA: You've got a situation here where Blacks represent little more than 5% of the market, yet most teams are at least 75% Black and the New York Knicks are 100% Black. Teams with that kind of makeup can't possibly draw from a suitable cross-section of fans."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 10, 2020</p> 5879d119f82c21108e9d4a55066ba2bb Pro Athletes Use Facts, Stats and Data for Their Jobs -- but Ignore Facts, Stats and Data When Denouncing 'Systemic Police Brutality' for 09/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/20/pro-athletes-use-facts-stats-and-data-for-their-jobs-but-ignore-facts-stats-and-data-when-denouncing-systemic-police-brutality Thu, 03 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Reacting to the shooting of a Black man by a white Kenosha, Wisconsin, cop, a tearful Doc Rivers, the Black NBA Los Angeles Clippers Coach, held a postgame press conference. </p> <p>Rivers said: "All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear. We're the ones getting killed. We're the ones getting shot. We're the ones that were denied to live in certain communities. We've been hung. We've been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear. It's amazing why we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back. It's really so sad. Like, I should just be a coach. And I'm so often reminded of my color. ... It's just really sad. We got to do better. But we got to demand better."</p> <p>"We're the ones getting killed"? "We're the ones getting shot"? "And all you do is keep hearing about fear"? <p>Updated: Thu Sep 03, 2020</p> 00ef6bbaf643714abd7a304a58649543 Kamala Harris: 'There is No Vaccine Against Racism' for 08/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/20/kamala-harris-there-is-no-vaccine-against-racism Thu, 27 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A few years ago, a political cartoon depicted Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton looking wistfully into the night sky as they make a wish "for an end to racial strife and bigotry." In the next panel, both suddenly evaporate, indicating that the eradication of racism would leave these two "leaders" with nothing to do and that their race-hustling would come to an end.</p> <p>This brings us to Sen. Kamala Harris' Democratic National Convention speech, where she accepted her nomination as vice president and quickly whipped out the race card. Harris said: "And let's be clear &#8212; there is no vaccine for racism. We've gotta do the work."<p>Updated: Thu Aug 27, 2020</p> 4130c877ebd7deb9bad49aef89c01c73 More Random Thoughts When Not Out Protesting for 08/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/20/more-random-thoughts-when-not-out-protesting Thu, 20 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>True Santa Monica, California, story: I saw a white man wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt. I went up to him and said, "You know, Guevara was racist, called Blacks dumb and lazy." He said, "Really?!" I said, "Google it." As I walked away, it looked like he was Googling it &#8212; either that or calling 911.</p> <p>"This virus has impacted almost every country. But there's a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It's because of Trump's failure to take it seriously." &#8212; Kamala Harris, Aug. 12, 2020.</p> <p>Actually, Belgium, the U.K., Spain, Italy and Sweden have <i>more</i> deaths per capita.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 20, 2020</p> dd095d7e9a841cd1adeef5b8d7c97d58 Liberal and Conservative Agree: Fathers Matter, Case Closed for 08/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/20/liberal-and-conservative-agree-fathers-matter-case-closed Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America has witnessed months of civil unrest in cities around America following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Many of the protesters decry income and net worth "inequality." But the most serious "inequality" is the unequal percentage of fathers in Black households, a phenomenon that has been encouraged by government policies that normalize and reward out-of-wedlock births. </p> <p>In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was assistant secretary of Labor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, published "The Negro Family: The Case for National Action." At that time, 25% of Blacks were born outside of wedlock, a number that this former adviser to President John F. Kennedy, future adviser to President Richard Nixon, future U.S. ambassador and future Democratic senator from New York said was catastrophic to the Black community.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 13, 2020</p> 6871c2da9237bc83e3ebbcfada3f9b8c Barack Obama and His Race Card for 08/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/20/barack-obama-and-his-race-card Thu, 06 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Former President Barack Obama once again pulled out the race card for political gain, consequences be damned.</p> <p>This time at the funeral of civil rights icon John Lewis, Obama compared President Donald Trump to not one but two racial segregationists, former Birmingham, Alabama, Commissioner of Public Safety Bull Connor and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace. The inconvenient truth that Connor and Wallace were Democrats is, apparently, of no relevance to Obama, his fellow Democrats or most of the media.</p> <p>About Connor, Obama said, "Bull Connor may be gone, but today we witness, with our own eyes, police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans." The longtime former Bronx Rep. Charles Rangel, whose district included Harlem, also employed the Republicans-are-like-Bull Connor meme. Rangel, though, used it on then-President George W. Bush, who also spoke at Lewis' funeral. In 2005, Rangel criticized Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina by saying, "George Bush is our Bull Connor."<p>Updated: Thu Aug 06, 2020</p> 9d3bea7c4814a0df9f6075a06c4a388f Biden's Lies for Black (and White-Privilege Guilt) Votes for 07/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/20/bidens-lies-for-black-and-white-privilege-guilt-votes Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Take a look at my record, man. ... I have a record that is second to none. The NAACP has endorsed me every time I've run." &#8212; Joe Biden, May 22, 2020, on "The Breakfast Club," hosted by Charlamagne tha God.</p> <p>No, the NAACP has not "endorsed" Joe Biden for any of his races, let alone all of them. Following Biden's claim, the NAACP stated: "We want to clarify that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level." </p> <p>There's the Nelson Mandela lie Biden told in February at a campaign rally in Columbia, South Carolina, a claim Biden repeated days later at the Nevada Black Legislative Caucus:<p>Updated: Thu Jul 30, 2020</p> 79ed65f162e5576be7aeb3ac17bd4021 John Lewis Helped Win the Civil Rights War; Why Are We Still Fighting It? for 07/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/20/john-lewis-helped-win-the-civil-rights-war-why-are-we-still-fighting-it Thu, 23 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, a top aide to Martin Luther King Jr., died last week. In 1965, Lewis suffered a fractured skull when he led 600 civil rights workers on a peaceful protest that turned violent as Lewis and the protesters were attacked by the police on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama.</p> <p>Ten years earlier, Rosa Parks famously challenged the Jim Crow segregation laws by refusing to give up her seat in the front section of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The Supreme Court, a year earlier, unanimously struck down "separate but equal" school laws. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. King's birthday is now a national holiday.</p> <p>Today, there are more Black elected officials in Mississippi (the state where three civil rights workers were brutally murdered in 1964) than in any other state in America. About 12% of the House of Representatives is Black, close to the percentage of Blacks in America. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 23, 2020</p> 3eecb03f48f4360c21e47ee7f077f7a5 Who's Next on the Cancel Culture Docket -- Martin Luther King Jr.?! for 07/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/20/whos-next-on-the-cancel-culture-docket-martin-luther-king-jr Thu, 16 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>John Wayne's 1971 Playboy magazine interview has placed the legendary actor in the crosshairs of today's cancel culture social justice warriors. Activists demand that his name be removed from an Orange County, California, airport.</p> <p>What did Wayne say 49 years ago? He said: "I believe in white supremacy until the Blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people." He added, "I don't feel guilty about the fact that five or 10 generations ago, these people were slaves."</p> <p>Wayne's son Ethan does not defend his father's words, but asks for perspective: "There's no excuse for the words he said. It was 1971; we used different words back then. It was a different time."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 16, 2020</p> 4d0cdb91f7512d8b3c6379eb5500254d Confederate Monuments: The Problem With Politically Correct History for 07/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/20/confederate-monuments-the-problem-with-politically-correct-history-e17da Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Malcolm X, as a member of the Nation of Islam, preached anti-Semitism and called the white man "devil." After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X dismissed the murder as a case of "the chickens coming home to roost."</p> <p>In Spike Lee's biographical drama, "Malcolm X," a white teenage girl approaches the angry activist and says: "Excuse me, Mr. X. Hi. I've read some of your speeches, and I honestly believe that a lot of what you have to say is true. And I'm a good person, in spite of what my ancestors did, and I just &#8212; I wanted to ask you, what can a white person like myself who isn't prejudiced, what can I do to help you ... further your cause?" He stares sternly, and replies, "Nothing." She leaves in tears.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">But Malcolm X changed. He visited Mecca, where he saw people of all colors worshipping together. It changed the way he thought. He repudiated his anger toward whites after discovering that people were more similar than they were different.</span> He renounced the racist ideology of the Nation of Islam, and in doing so knowingly signed his own death warrant. He was assassinated by members of the Nation of Islam.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 09, 2020</p> a7b3e945a88b81366f5b3d212f3feed0 Random Thoughts While Not Out 'Protesting' for 07/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/07/20/random-thoughts-while-not-out-protesting Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>At a time in America when one's race has never been less important, the left has taught an entire generation of the most privileged Americans ever to view the world through race-tinted glasses.</p> <p>There were 13 Baltimore high schools where, in 2017, 0% of students could do math at grade level, and another half-dozen high schools where only 1% were math proficient. Do you really think these students even know enough about Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson to be mad at him?</p> <p>During the Chicago Father's Day weekend, when 14 people were shot and killed and over 100 were wounded, how many Confederate generals were spotted leaving the scenes of the crime? Just curious.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 02, 2020</p> cb6785efe4139cf5b2934189b7d05696 'Uncle Tom,' the Movie for 06/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/20/uncle-tom-the-movie Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>On June 19, also known as Juneteenth, the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, we released our film, "Uncle Tom." It follows a young, black, Christian contractor, Chad Jackson, who was a long-time Democrat until challenged by a fellow Christian to read the platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties.</p> <p>He did. </p> <p>Jackson was shocked to discover that his support for limited government, low taxes and school choice, and his opposition to abortion on demand, made him a ... Republican!<p>Updated: Fri Jun 26, 2020</p> c1a5b3e982226b59c9ad13126843b82d 10 Takeaways from the Anti-Police Brutality Protests for 06/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/20/10-takeaways-from-the-anti-police-brutality-protests Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>No. 10: CNN's Chris Cuomo believes people have a right to engage in violence. About the anti-police protests, some violent, CNN's Chris Cuomo said, "And, please, show me where it says that protests are supposed to be polite and peaceful." It's called the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the <i>right of the people peaceably to assemble</i> (emphasis added), and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."</p> <p>No. 9: Democratic politicians and the media focus like a laser on the rare occurrence of unarmed blacks shot and killed by white cops. When do the protests start over the approximately 2,600 blacks killed by blacks each year? And this is likely an understated number. About the FBI's annual crime data, U.S. News & World Report wrote in 2016: "The most detailed racial data have limits: They are confined to cases in which one person was killed and one person did the killing, eliminating about 17 percent of homicides. Also, police have to know and provide the backgrounds of not only the victims but the perpetrators, too &#8212; meaning that thousands of cases left unsolved and with no description of the person who committed the crimes are discounted. In total, about 61 percent of the 15,696 homicides committed in 2015 are excluded." </p> <p>No. 8: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2015, there were 53.5 million police/civilian contacts. Of those police/civilian interactions, over 10 million result in arrest and charges. Annually, between 50,000 and 60,000 officers are assaulted. Yet, despite all of these interactions &#8212; arrests, charges and officer assaults &#8212; "only" about 1,000 civilians are killed each year by the police. That is .002% of all of the police interactions.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 18, 2020</p> f25cdc6b22d1382875d88f86bca144ed George Floyd Protesters Seek a 'Diverse' PD -- But Will That Matter? for 06/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/20/george-floyd-protesters-seek-a-diverse-pd-but-will-that-matter Thu, 11 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Democratic mayors, with a few exceptions, run America's biggest cities. These mayors have long promised to deliver police forces that look like the community they police. Some have succeeded. But in the wake of widespread protests over the death of George Floyd while in police custody, one must ask whether officers' racial and ethnic "diversity" truly makes a difference in public perception of the police.</p> <p>Diversity didn't make much difference in Baltimore in 2015 when it saw protests and riots after the death of black suspect Freddie Gray. At the time of Gray's death, the mayor was black, as were the top two officials running the police department. The Maryland state attorney, who filed charges against the six officer defendants, was black. Of the six officers charged, three were black, as was the judge before whom two of the officers tried their cases. The majority in Baltimore's City Council was black, as was the United States attorney general and, of course, the president of the United States. This didn't stop accusations of police misconduct. It didn't stop rioting.</p> <p>Or take Los Angeles, where some protesters, allegedly angry over the death of George Floyd, looted stores and torched police cars. The city of Los Angeles has almost 4 million residents. The racial demographics, according to 2019 Census Bureau estimates, are as follows:<p>Updated: Thu Jun 11, 2020</p> 9bde8bdd0638faea96aed042fc942d86 The George Floyd Riots: Where's Black Lives Matter When You Need Them? for 06/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/06/20/the-george-floyd-riots-wheres-black-lives-matter-when-you-need-them Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Black lives matter. Black businesses, not so much.</p> <p>Four Minneapolis cops were summarily fired, with one of the four arrested and charged with the murder of a black suspect named George Floyd, who died in police custody. </p> <p>In cellphone video apparently taken by one of the many witnesses, a cop later identified as Derek Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes as Floyd laid face-down and handcuffed on a city street. The cops ignored Floyd's repeated plea, "I can't breathe." By the time paramedics arrived, Floyd was unresponsive and apparently lifeless. After about an hour of attempted resuscitation by EMTs and emergency room staff, he was pronounced dead. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 04, 2020</p> d73721e076b3948cc670dd62b1330a2f Joe 'You Ain't Black' Biden: Please See 'Uncle Tom' for 05/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/20/joe-you-aint-black-biden-please-see-uncle-tom Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>June 19 is the premiere of "Uncle Tom," a documentary on which I am the executive producer. Through interviews with black conservatives, some well-known and some not, the film asks a simple question: Why are independent-thinking blacks, who believe in limited government and personal responsibility, denounced as "sellouts" and "coons" and "Uncle Toms" by fellow blacks? </p> <p>One can agree or disagree about whether, and to what degree, today's problems in the black community can be traced to slavery and Jim Crow. But blacks who do not connect the serious problems in black urban America to Jim Crow and slavery are dismissed as "self-loathing." They are attacked, rarely with data, while having their character and very humanity questioned. Believing that fatherless homes, poor urban education and urban crime have less to do with the past and much more to do with the modern welfare state does not induce a healthy debate. It sparks anger and derision.<p>Updated: Thu May 28, 2020</p> 21063e3143ef89722d2f237bf5986043 Black Man Killed by Two White Men -- Cue the 'Race' Hysteria for 05/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/20/black-man-killed-by-two-white-men-cue-the-race-hysteria Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In February, a black man named Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed in Brunswick, Georgia. Cue the "this regularly happens to black men in America" hysteria.</p> <p>Initial news reports described Arbery as jogging through a predominately white neighborhood when two armed white men, for reasons still under investigation, told police they thought Arbery was actually a criminal behind recent break-ins in the neighborhood. <p>Updated: Thu May 21, 2020</p> d341275e5f98c4093249d15d6ef4e8ae Coronavirus Lockdown: What About 'Deaths of Despair'? for 05/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/20/coronavirus-lockdown-what-about-deaths-of-despair Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As of this writing, more than 80,000 Americans have contracted and died from the coronavirus. But how many have or will die from what some call "despair"?</p> <p>Consider the following call to my radio show: <p>Updated: Thu May 14, 2020</p> 0d7158b393008ca30d231f72bf31127c Sweden: Coronavirus and the Concept of 'Trade-Offs' for 05/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/05/20/sweden-coronavirus-and-the-concept-of-trade-offs Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sweden, unlike its Scandinavian neighbors, made different decisions to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. It issued no mandatory orders. It did not require its citizens to shelter at home. True, as of May 4, more Swedes had contracted and died from the coronavirus (2,679 total deaths, a rate of 263.08 per 1 million people) than people in Norway (211, rate of 39.7) and Denmark (484, rate of 83.49), but fewer when adjusted for its population size compared with the U.K. (28,446 deaths, a rate of 427.83), Spain (25,264, rate of 540.71), France (24,864, rate of 371.18) and Italy (28,884, rate of 477.96). </p> <p>It also remains to be seen whether, in the long run, the actions taken by other Scandinavian countries will result in fewer lives lost. This is because Sweden appears to be achieving "herd immunity" faster than other countries and because experts expect another spike in cases when lockdowns are lifted. Furthermore, the rationale for the lockdowns is to prevent a country's health care system from being overburdened. If that is goal, Sweden has achieved it. Its hospitals, intensive care units and emergency rooms have not been overburdened, and the country has had no shortage of medical equipment.<p>Updated: Thu May 07, 2020</p>