Is life unfair for black Americans?
Is racial equality the answer to every question of public policy?
Are a huge group of citizens being kept down by “the man”?
Radio host and bestselling author Larry Elder has made a career out of being a thorn-in-the-side of the conventional wisdom crowd. He deflates the pompous and points out the completely logical truths hidden behind the nutty rhetoric and out-of-control pandering of many of the politicians and so-called leaders of a variety of special interest groups. In Stupid Black Men, he takes on the mind-set that always captures the most media attention—as well as masses of public money—in this country: those who rail against racism as the root of all problems, and who end up hurting precisely those they claim to be helping.
Whether they are demagogues like Al Sharpton, established politicians like Hillary Clinton, or entertainers like Danny Glover, no one escapes Elder’s cogent arguments and rapier wit. His sometimes hilarious and always infuriating examples of wrong-headedness skewer not just politicians for their smugness and hypocrisy, but also actors, educators, religious leaders and the “mainscream media” for keeping the story in the headlines.
But Elder has a positive message, too: though they are fewer—and generally not as loud-mouthed—there are leaders and role models today who want to sweep away race-based whining and urge everyone in America, to share in the hard work, smart thinking and optimism that make this country great.
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Larry Elder is the host of The Larry Elder Show, which originates on KABC-AM Talk Radio in Los Angeles, where it is a consistently top-rated program. He also writes a column for Investors Business Daily and a syndicated column in a variety of newspapers across the country.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Stupid Black Men
1.IT'S THE MEDIA, STUPIDWhite racism does exist, but its social power is weak and social power arrayed against it overwhelming.1--JOHN O' SULLIVAN, EDITOR, NATIONAL REVIEW
Media malpractice: the shameful willingness to provide a megaphone for baseless, outlandish charges of racism; the failure to highlight the tremendous progress of minorities over the past forty years; and the unwillingness to seek out minority voices to counter the histrionics of the Jesse Jacksons, the Al Sharptons, and their willing liberal conspirators in the media and the Democratic Party.Consider the stupid, silly, or just plain ignorant statements made by angry blacks--statements that go unchallenged by the mainscream media."Race stories" fill our newspapers. "Hate crimes." Unjustified accusations of "police brutality." "Cultural bias" in standardized testing. "Discriminatory" college and university admissions when some groups are admitted at higher rates than others. The allegedHollywood "blackout" that argues show business--despite being chock-full of liberals--discriminates against minorities.If a black person says this, he is an Uncle Tom.America is more inclusive and just than at any point in her history. When one considers the staggering diversity and continued prosperity of the American people, racism approaches near insignificance. If a white person says that, he stands accused of blindness, if not outright bigotry. If a black person says this, he is an Uncle Tom. Yet those who consistently--and often without evidence--cry "racism," attract attention, sympathy, and votes.Blacks overwhelmingly vote for the Democratic Party, the party that counts on receiving more than 90 percent of the black vote.2 Democrats need and rely on the black vote the way humans need oxygen. Thus we hear absurd, hysterical statements that racism remains the principal problem facing "black America." The Democratic Party then mounts the white horse and charges into this battle against racism. And, since racism remains enemy number one against blacks, voting for Democrats becomes not only a matter of self-interest, but a moral necessity!But where's the proof that social programs and redistribute-the-wealth schemes work? Who cares? Social programs show that Democrats "do something." Whether by offering ineffective "jobs programs," or providing welfare without work, these programs say that Democrats are clearly here to help.Gutless Republicans--in fear of the racist label--often keep silent rather than speak out against verbal outrages. So when black New York City Councilman Charles Barron says, "I want to go up to the closest white person and say, 'You can't understand this, it's a black thing,' and then slap him, just for my mental health,"3 many blacks applaud.Did Barron apologize afterward? When WABC radio's Steve Malzberg asked him for clarification, Barron said, "I think everybody knew that was what we call ... oratorial improvision [sic] and black hyperbole. And y'all wouldn't understand that 'cause you're uptight and you're gonna take it where it was not intended." 4 Oh.The actions of the race baiters go beyond irresponsible. They border on evil. And a compliant media goes willfully along. Imagine, for example, what the media coverage would be like if a white public figure said he or she wanted to slap the nearest black person. For many days, it would be front-page news, the lead story on television news, and editorials everywhere calling for the politician's resignation.Cosby urged blacks to embrace education, speak standard English, and obey the law. How dare he?Bill Cosby, the legendary actor/entertainer/philanthropist, gets it. He said, "[I]n our cities and public schools we have fifty percent drop-out ... . No longer is a person embarrassed because they're pregnant without a husband. No longer is a boy considered an embarrassment if he tries to run away from being the father of the unmarried child."5 Cosby urged blacks to embrace education, speak standard English, and obey the law. How dare he?But in a book called Is Bill Cosby Right? author Michael Eric Dyson accused Cosby of unfairly attacking blacks, blaming "the victim." This professor from the University of Pennsylvania downplays or dismisses the tragedy of babies having babies, the So percent inner-city dropout rate, and the disproportionatelyhigh percentage of black youth involved in crime. Obviously, the white man made them do it.Many in the media go jelly-legged if someone like Cosby calls on blacks to take responsibility. The Today show invited Dyson to discuss his book and his attack on Bill Cosby. But who conducted the interview? Cohost Matt Lauer? No. Then cohost Katie Couric? No. Al Roker, the black weatherman. Nice guy, Roker, but by using him the Today show protected Lauer and/or Couric from injecting themselves into a race debate. The "white man done me wrong" theme remains a staple of mainscream media malpractice, and clearly the Today show producers felt so uncomfortable about having one of its stars involved in this the argument that they devalued this serious issue by letting the weather guy handle the task. It went like this:"Do you think there's any validity in some of the things he said?" asked Roker.6"Oh sure ... there's validity always," said Dyson. "Tim[othy] McVeigh had a point. The state is overreaching. But the way you do it, dropping bombs and castigating of human beings, that's terrible ... . Let's hold the larger society accountable for creating the conditions that lead to some of the downfalls of the poor people."7What? Roker said nothing.Roker then read three quotes from Cosby: "Those people are not Africans; they don't know a damn thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail." Next, "All this child knows is 'gimme, gimme, gimme.' These people want to buy the friendship of a child ... and the child couldn't care less ... . These people are not parenting. They're buying things for the kid. $500 sneakers, for what? They won't ... spend $250 on Hooked on Phonics." And finally, "You can't land a plane with 'why you ain't' ... . You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth."8Dyson responded, "Black people have always been creative in naming their children. Africans name their kids after the days of the week, after conditions of their birth. Black people in1930s gave their kids names after consumer products, Cremola, Listerine, Hershey Bar. So black naming has always been creative. I'm not worried about Shaniqua and Taliqua, I'm worried about Clarence and Condoleezza, who can hurt us in high places of power in America."9What? Roker said nothing.Because Cosby served as a "pitchman" for Jell-O Puddin' Pops he, according to Dyson, "created artificial desire in people to spend beyond their means."10What??!! Roker said nothing."So I'm speaking forth," Dyson continued, "on behalf of those people who are poor, because, after all, I was a teen father, lived on welfare until I was twenty-one, then went to get a Ph.D. at Princeton. Now I'm gonna have Afro-nesia [sic] and forget the people from which I've emerged? No, bro, I ain't the one." To which Roker "fired back" with this show stopper: "You know, you gotta come out of your shell."11Would Dyson have called Couric or Lauer "bro"?RIP (Rest In Peace) to radio host Don Imus's CBS radio show and its simulcast. The firing of the longtime host represents another example of hypocrisy, selective outrage, and our society's obsession with the "pervasiveness" of anti-black racism. The ensuing feeding frenzy over Imus's remarks occupied the mainscream media for almost two weeks, until a horrific campus shooting pushed Imus from the front pages and lead stories.Imus, on April 4, 2007, referred to the predominately black Rutgers female basketball team as "nappy-headed hos," after Imus's morning show executive producer, Bernard McGuirk, called the women "hard-core hos." Furthermore, McGuirk described the women's NCAA championship match between Rutgers and Tennessee as the "jigaboos versus the wannabes"--a reference to Spike Lee's movie School Daze about the tension between dark-skinned blacks and light-skinned blacks.12After first dismissing the remark as a joke, Imus apologized several times. No doubt fearing the career-ending label of "racist," Imus agreed to go on Al Sharpton's radio show for a beat-down.SHARPTON: What is any possible reason you could feel that this kind of statement could be just forgiven and overlooked?IMUS: I don't think it should be ... . I think it can be forgiven, but I don't think it can be overlooked ... . I apologized. And I didn't say what everybody says, "If I offended somebody, I'm sorry," 'cause I knew I offended somebody ... .SHARPTON: Mr. Imus, do you think it's funny to call people "nappy-headed hos"?IMUS: No, I don't ... .SHARPTON: "Nappy" is racial.IMUS: Yes, sir, I understand that.SHARPTON: Saying "wannabees" and "jiggaboos" is racial.IMUS: I did not say that. And that was said in the context--SHARPTON: You didn't argue with it, either, and it was the same conversation--IMUS: No, sir, but that was presented in the context of the Spike Lee film.SHARPTON: ... So you made all of these analogies--let me get this right. You call these people "nappy-headed hos," but you wasn't talkin' racial when you said "nappy." "Jiggaboos" and "wannabees," but you didn't understand what you was sayin'. What are you sayin', you blacked out?IMUS: No, don't tell me--no, I didn't say I didn't understand what we were saying. I said, I wasn't thinking that. Now when someone says "jiggaboos" and "wannabees," then my frame of reference is the Spike Lee film.SHARPTON: Right, which was about light-skinned, blackskinned--IMUS: I understand that. But I'm not thinking that it is a racial insult that's being uttered at somebody at the time ... . There's no excuse for it. I'm not pretending that there is. I wish I hadn't said it. I'm sorry I said it.SHARPTON: ... If you realize that something must be done, why would you then feel that we are out of order to ask that you step aside?IMUS: I didn't say that.SHARPTON: Oh, you don't think we're out of order?IMUS: No, sir.SHARPTON: So you come to sign your resignation then?IMUS: No, I'm not signing anything.SHARPTON: So what are you saying? You want to determine what ought to happen, even though you were the one that did the wrong?IMUS: I didn't say that, either ... . You have the right to say and do whatever you want to do.SHARPTON: The issue is, whether ... somebody can say something that you admittedly say yourself is wrong, and I say is racist and sexist, and it just be glossed over ... . Because then, if you walk away from this unscathed, the next guy can say whatever he wants, and just say, "I'm sorry."IMUS: Unscathed? Are you crazy? How am I unscathed by this? Don't you think I'm humiliated? Don't you think I'm embarrassed? Don't you think--SHARPTON: You're not as humiliated as young black women are.IMUS: I didn't say I was ... . It's not a contest as to who's the most humiliated.13Yet Sharpton later said, "We had never asked him to never work again."14 But when rumors floated about a possible Imus return to the airwaves, Sharpton promised to boycott his sponsors, "This is not a one-incident offender. This person has made a career out of this. And for him to go back to the air, we will be all over him every day and into advertisers the first time he steps over the line."15 Imus's repeated apologies are wasted on a man who makes a living from accusing others of racism.Now follow the bouncing hypocrisy.Sharpton has never apologized for falsely accusing a white former assistant district attorney in 1987 of sexually assaulting black teenager Tawana Brawley, even though he's had twenty years--and many opportunities--to apologize. Sharpton's bellicose and fraudulent accusations thrust him into the national spotlight. A New York grand jury determined the whole Tawana Brawley affair a hoax, and the assistant DA successfully sued Sharpton and two other defendants for defamation. A unanimous, multiracial jury awarded the assistant DA $65,000 from Sharpton. No apology.16In 1989, after the "Central Park Jogger" was viciously attacked and left for dead, Sharpton called the Jogger a "whore,"17 and falsely accused her boyfriend of committing the crime.18 No apology. And few now bring this up.Jesse Jackson also criticized Imus. But in 1984, when the Washington Post's Milton Coleman reported Jesse Jackson called Jews, "Hymie," and New York, "Hymie Town," the reverend initially denied the statement. Days later, Jackson apologized for his anti-Semitic remark, thus taking longer to apologize than did Imus for his racist, sexist remark. Again, few now bring this up. Jackson's friend and confidante, the Nation of Islam's Minister Louis Farrakhan, publicly threatened black reporter Coleman on radio and warned the Jews, "If you harm this brother [Jackson], I warn you in the name of Allah this will be the last one you harm." Jackson refused to condemn Farrakhan's remarks.19Jackson, then a presidential candidate, refused to condemn Farrakhan's remarks or distance himself from his relationship with the minister.20 Moral arbiter Jackson also "mentored" then President Bill Clinton during his Monica Lewinsky troubles. Never mind that Jackson, at this time, had an affair with a staff member from his Rainbow/PUSH organization. Incredibly, Jackson, standing next to his visibly pregnant mistress, took a picture with Clinton in the Oval Office.And "racially insensitive" whites like Imus are compelled to apologize to these reverends.Director Spike Lee also called for Imus's head. Lee, in a 1992 interview with Esquire, stated that he disliked interracial couples, "I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street."21 This puts him on the same side of the line as, say, David Duke.Republican Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) complimented Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC) on his hundredth birthday by saying, "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."22Lott apologized and explained that he intended to flatter an old man on his hundredth birthday. He appeared on BET for an hour-long beat-down. And Spike Lee, on national television, without any evidence, called Lott a "card-carrying member of the Klan."23Did Lee ever apologize for his anti-interracial remark or for the false accusation against Senator Lott? Please.The hypocrisy does not end with this trio.Presidential contender Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), became the only candidate to publicly call for Imus's firing, "He didn't just cross the line. He fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to...
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