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Not once in his eight years of office did former President Barack Hussein Obama ever reach out to Laurence Allen Elder, aka Larry Elder, a renowned talk show host, author, attorney, documentary filmmaker who’s a role model in the black community.
President Donald Trump, on the other hand, has.
Before being flown off to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday, the president announced his intention to appoint Elder to serve as a member of the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys.
Designed by Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Frederica Wilson, and formally instituted by the president in August, the commission’s mission is “to address the racial inequities that continue to plague our nation,” according to a statement from Rubio.
What makes Elder a particularly optimal choice for serving on the commission is his staunch belief that minorities aren’t victims of systemic racism, structural racism, institutional racism and so-called “pernicious racism.”
He believes that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed, but that some Americans never realize this opportunity because of their upbringing.
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) October 3, 2020
In a statement issued after his appointment was announced, Elder explained that the problem truly plaguing minority communities is a lack of fathers.
“That so many children, particularly black children, are raised without fathers in the home, is our nation’s most pressing domestic problem,” he said.
“Former President Barack Obama said that a child raised without a father in the home is five times more likely to be poor and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of school and twenty times more likely to end up in jail. We need to ask ourselves if we are incentivizing women to marry the government and if we are incentivizing men to abandon their financial and moral responsibility.”
Despite quoting from one of Obama’s rare moments of lucidity, Elder was never a fan of the former president and often took issue with his claims about racism. In fact, to this day the celebrated author continues to rail against the former president.
His main issue has been the former president’s longtime claim that “racism is in America’s DNA” and that every black man or woman faces “institutional racism.” Elder believes this victimhood mentality made America significantly worse.
“Barack Obama has made things worse! He’s given black people the impression that the police are out to get them. … Race relations fell precipitously during the second half of the second term of his presidency,” he said during a recent interview.
Of course, this is something he’s been saying for years.
“[T]he election of a black person did not bring about the expected ‘hope and change.’ In fact, the percentage of blacks living in poverty increased under Obama,” Elder was arguing as far back as 2017.
It also led to a spike in racial grievance-mongering rooted in fiction, not fact.
“In 1992, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics examined the 75 most populous counties. Turns out the jury is less likely to convict a black defendant of a felony than a white defendant. The study found that ‘in 12 of the 14 types of crimes (felonies including murder, rape and other serious crimes) for which data was collected, the conviction rate for blacks is lower than that of whites,'” Elder’s column continued.
“Similarly, in 2013, the National Institute of Justice, the research and evaluation agency of the DOJ, published their study of whether the police, as a result of racial bias, stop blacks more than other drivers. The conclusion? Any racial disparity in traffic stops is due to ‘differences in offending” in addition to “differences in exposure to the police” and “differences in driving patterns.'”
But during the course of the Obama presidency, facts like these stopped mattering, and the narrative that blacks are oppressed — just as the former president and his wife had been (and still are) claiming for years — began to take root.
These days, instead of a focus on promoting education and families in black communities, there’s a focus on combating “microaggressions,” rooting out “violent speech” and protecting minorities by creating segregated “safe spaces.”
In Elder’s eyes, it’s as if society has regressed, not progressed.
“My uncle Eddie, a barber in Chattanooga, Tennessee, immersed himself in local Republican politics. He died 20 years before Obama got elected. He would’ve been stunned that the country of segregation in which he was born could evolve so that his nephew would see the election of a black president,” Elder’s column continued.
“But he would likely have been even more astonished at how quickly Martin Luther King’s dream of a colorblind society has turned into a quest to purge the town square of Confederate statues. He would have been shocked that a group called Black Lives Matter, given credibility by the Obama administration, issued a ‘list of demands’ of white people.”
The irony is that the demands coming from the extremist Black Lives Matter movement back in 2017 were nothing compared to the absurd demands coming from it now.
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