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, 21 Apr 2021 07:24:55 -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 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> 3f34bcacdd41bcaf848c75b08ef8cf00 What Left-Wing Educators Don't Teach During 'Black History Month' for 02/18/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/21/what-left-wing-educators-dont-teach-during-black-history-month-87deb Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When will Black History Month be ... history?</p> <p>Apart from the bizarre notion that educators should set aside one month to salute the historical achievements of one race apart from and above the historical achievements of other races, Black History Month appears to omit a lot of Black history.</p> <p>About slavery, do our mostly left-wing educators teach that slavery was not unique to America and is as old as humankind? As economist and author Thomas Sowell says: "More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than Blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the 13 colonies from which it was formed. White slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire, decades after Blacks were freed in the United States."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 18, 2021</p> 48cf4d23d38d4bc6649ed77756001015 If Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Is the Standard, What About Democrat 'Kingmaker' Rev. Al Sharpton? for 02/11/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/21/if-rep-marjorie-taylor-greene-is-the-standard-what-about-democrat-kingmaker-rev-al-sharpton Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Because of offensive tweets posted by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., before she won office, House Democrats joined by 11 Republicans voted to strip her of her committee assignments.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">If this is the new standard, can we apply this to the Rev. Al Sharpton, aka a Democratic "kingmaker," whose support was solicited by every major 2020 Democratic presidential candidate? </span></p> <p>About Sharpton's power and stature, The Atlantic, in 2019, said: "The 2020 Democrats' courting of Sharpton is well under way. He says he expects his endorsement to make a difference when he makes it. ... Sharpton occupies a distinct space. Other than Barack Obama, there is no better-known Black leader in the country, nor one with bigger reach: The National Action Network has 100 chapters across America, and Sharpton himself hosts a radio show on 70 stations every weekday and a TV show on MSNBC on Saturdays and Sundays."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 11, 2021</p> 4310d820250fb4bffdc7f033fb7e0a77 Democrats Want a 'Return to Civility'; When Did They Practice It? Part 2 for 02/04/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/02/21/democrats-want-a-return-to-civility-when-did-they-practice-it-part-2 Thu, 04 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Last week, we covered the challenge President Joe Biden faces in his supposed quest to return to an era of "civility." Democrats never practiced civility. We listed only some of the race- and Nazi-based insults used for decades by Democrats against the very Republicans with whom they now seek "healing." Here are just a few more examples:</p> <p>Left-wing actor/singer and activist Harry Belafonte, who marched with close friend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., called President George W. Bush a racist. When asked whether the number and prominence of Blacks in the Bush administration perhaps suggested a lack of racism, Belafonte explained, "Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich."</p> <p>Then-Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., former vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee and now the Minnesota attorney general, compared President George W. Bush and 9/11 to Adolf Hitler and the destruction of the Reichstag, the German parliament building: "9/11 is the juggernaut in American history and it allows ... it's almost like, you know, the Reichstag fire," Ellison said. "After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader of that country (Hitler) in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted."<p>Updated: Thu Feb 04, 2021</p> 0f6493e2c4a597b819ca6f9c322d1360 Democrats Want a 'Return to Civility'; When Did They Practice It? for 01/28/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/21/democrats-want-a-return-to-civility-when-did-they-practice-it Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>A 2020 Joe Biden campaign ad described the pending election as an "opportunity to leave the dark, angry politics of the past behind us." After Biden's election, he, Democrats and media urge a "return to civility." But when did the Democrats practice the very civility to which they seek to return? </p> <p>Let's go to the videotape:</p> <p>When Barry Goldwater accepted the 1964 Republican nomination, California's Democratic Gov. Pat Brown said, "The stench of fascism is in the air."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 28, 2021</p> f90839fcd974b08068d18336a41d7b0d 'Uncle Tom' Blacklisted by Hollywood for 01/21/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/21/uncle-tom-blacklisted-by-hollywood Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Actor Ben Affleck once explained why he found it difficult to watch Republican actors on screen. "It's ... hard," explained Affleck, "to get people to suspend disbelief. ... When I watch a guy I know is a big Republican, part of me thinks, I probably wouldn't like this person if I met him, or we would have different opinions. That (expletive) fogs the mind when you should be paying attention and be swept into the illusion."</p> <p>This likely explains why "Uncle Tom," the documentary on which I worked as executive producer, gets no love from the lists of best documentaries of 2020. A critical and financial success by any measure, the gross earnings of "Uncle Tom," so far, exceed seven times its cost and counting. It recently became available on iTunes, Amazon Prime and Walmart online, as well as on store shelves.</p> <p>Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson recently wrote about the film's snub with the headline: "Censored: Larry Elder's 'Uncle Tom' film." But the Hollywood trade publications Variety and Hollywood Reporter? Silence.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 21, 2021</p> d4c37268099a276e734e2fb69db6cbd7 Twitter Permanently Bans Trump; Why Do Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Harry Reid Get a Pass? for 01/14/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/21/twitter-permanently-bans-trump-why-do-hillary-clinton-jimmy-carter-harry-reid-get-a-pass Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Twitter explained why it decided to permanently ban President Donald Trump: "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them &#8212; specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter &#8212; we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence."</p> <p>Trump gave a long, raucous speech, in which he claimed election fraud, in front of supporters an hour before a mob stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6. This horrific siege took place during a joint session of Congress. After the violent disruption, former Vice President Joe Biden was officially certified the winner. </p> <p>Trump said: "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. Today, we will see whether Republicans stand strong for integrity of our elections, but whether or not they stand strong for our country, our country."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 14, 2021</p> 6574fb74a2267f01198abd8a1d3c3078 Right-Wing Conspiracy 'Insane' -- Left-Wing Conspiracy Theories, Not So Much for 01/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/21/right-wing-conspiracy-insane-left-wing-conspiracy-theories-not-so-much Thu, 07 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Democrats and much of the Republican-hating media call the Republicans' election challenge dead on arrival and say the effort hurt Republicans in Georgia. If so, why the outrage protestations from the left?</p> <p>Many of the election fraud allegations made by team Trump have been ignored or downplayed by media sources from which much of America gets their "news." So many Americans know nothing about the legal challenges that raise questions about voter irregularities, mathematical improbabilities, questionable extensions of ballot deadlines and unsolicited ballots apparently illegally sent in Michigan, among other factual and legal issues raised. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Yes, the President Donald Trump-hating cable TV hosts, pundits, column writers, newspaper editorials and legal scholars prattle on about how these GOP congresspersons "undermine the integrity of our republic." But many of these same critics said little about the integrity of our republic when, for the entirety of Trump's presidency, critics made baseless charges</span>, including but not limited to: that Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin turned the president into a Russia asset fraudulently elected to do Moscow's bidding; that under the 25th Amendment, Trump's mental state required him to step down; that Trump's violations of the emoluments clause make him a "grifter"; and that our democratically elected president is a "fascist," a "Nazi" and, of course, a "racist."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 07, 2021</p> 3c36f3055efa840faf89598988241adb Media Saves Joe Biden -- Just as It Saved Barack Obama for 12/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/20/media-saves-joe-biden-just-as-it-saved-barack-obama Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Hunter Biden, President-elect Joe Biden's son, is undergoing a tax investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Delaware concerning Hunter's lucrative work with Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter sat, despite a lack of energy experience and the ability to speak Russian or Ukrainian.</p> <p>The Media Research Center claims eight news stories, ignored or downplayed by the mainstream media, could have changed the election in favor of President Donald Trump. Over 80% of Joe Biden voters, according to the MRC, were unaware of at least one or more of the eight stories, and "36 percent of Biden voters were NOT aware of the evidence linking Joe Biden to corrupt financial dealings with China through his son Hunter." And 13% of these voters, or almost 5% of Joe Biden's total voters, said that had they known of the Biden/China story, they would not have voted for Biden, enough to tip the vote in favor of Trump in several swing states that he lost.</p> <p>When, near the end of the 2020 campaign, the New York Post published the Hunter Biden bombshell story about Hunter's laptop, linking Joe Biden to his son's dealings with the Ukrainian company Burisma, mainstream news practically closed rank to immediately dismiss the story as "Russian disinformation." Twitter even banned the New York Post from republishing its own story on the paper's Twitter account!<p>Updated: Thu Dec 17, 2020</p> 5d69cdd4112d0cbcd2810a7cb848d3a3 Remembering Walter Williams, Friend and Mentor for 12/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/20/remembering-walter-williams-friend-and-mentor Thu, 10 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I met economist and professor Walter Williams when I interviewed him while hosting a local TV show in Cleveland. We discussed a number of topics but focused on race-based preferences, aka affirmative action. Williams adamantly opposed it, still an unpopular position to take, but especially back then and especially for a Black person. He calmly explained how affirmative action causes a mismatch between a student and his or her ability to succeed on a campus more competitive than would have been the case but for the race-based preferential admission. Without racial preferences, I said, schools like Harvard might have few or no Blacks. To this Williams said, "So?" </p> <p>For decades, Ebony magazine, the Black monthly magazine, sat prominently on the coffee tables in Black households across America. No longer owned by the original family, it has lost its clout. But for years, Ebony featured the "100 Most Influential Black Americans," until the large number of "influential" Black Americans caused them to rename the feature "The 100+ Most Influential Black Americans."</p> <p>And every year, despite the expanded number of Black influentials, Ebony omitted Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, economist Thomas Sowell and Williams. Never mind that Williams, to the best of my knowledge, still holds the distinction as the only Black economics professor to chair an economics department of a non-Black college or university. But he could not make the cut in Ebony.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 10, 2020</p> 62da1c28c708bd1f74c575b11c8818f2 Trump Won His Other Campaign -- to Destroy Media Credibility for 12/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/20/trump-won-his-other-campaign-to-destroy-media-credibility Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Convinced that President Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection, the media suddenly became less hysterical. Just like that, the media, at least to some degree, rediscovered concepts such as fairness and perspective, AWOL the last four years. </p> <p>Two weeks after the election, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof haltingly, grudgingly and reluctantly, admitted that yes, Trump was right. Banning in-person school education to fight COVID-19 was and is bad policy. Kristof wrote: "Some things are true even though President Trump says them. Trump has been demanding for months that schools reopen, and on that he seems to have been largely right. Schools, especially elementary schools, do not appear to have been major sources of coronavirus transmission, and remote learning is proving to be a catastrophe for many low-income children." Kristof, of course, could not acknowledge Trump's correct judgement without the "somethings are true even though Trump says them" snark. But remember, this is The New York Times, a paper that has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1956. Little steps.</p> <p>Kristof even took a Trump-like swipe at Democratic-run cities. And, whether inadvertently or not, he made the case for K-12 vouchers for inner city kids: "So Democrats helped preside over school closures that have devastated millions of families and damaged children's futures. Cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., have closed schools while allowing restaurants to operate. ... School closures magnify these inequities, as many private schools remain open and affluent parents are better able to help kids adjust to remote learning. At the same time, low-income children fall even further behind."<p>Updated: Thu Dec 03, 2020</p> 61cc78d05a869443e544f6c16165bb68 'Never' and 'Infrequent' Voters Vote Democrat for 11/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/20/never-and-infrequent-voters-vote-democrat Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The campaigns of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden aggressively pursued votes from those who never voted or who only did so infrequently. In October, The New York Times wrote: "Both parties are succeeding in one of their chief goals this year: to motivate large numbers of infrequent voters or nonvoters to come off the sidelines for what supporters of both nominees call the most crucial election of a lifetime."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">How successful have the campaigns been in shaking loose these never or infrequent voters? According to TargetSmart, a Democratic voting analytical firm, very. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some 7.3 million infrequent and first-time voters cast ballots as of Oct. 20, over twice the number cast at the same time during the 2016 election. </span></p> <p>Who are these "never" or "infrequent" voters? <p>Updated: Thu Nov 26, 2020</p> 54039b5645a2ea74343763656481d137 Biden to 'Racist' Trump Voters: 'Let's Heal' for 11/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/20/biden-to-racist-trump-voters-lets-heal Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>After four years of attacking President Donald Trump as "illegitimate," "fascist," "Nazi," "tyrant," "dictator," "racist," "anti-Semitic," "Russian stooge," "traitor," "grifter," "xenophobe," "sexist," "homophobe," "ignorant," "fat" and "lazy," Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive president-elect, now says, "Let's heal."</p> <p>In his "victory speech," Biden said: "And to those who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight.</p> <p>"I've lost a couple of elections myself. But now, let's give each other a chance.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2020</p>