The Racist Smear Campaign Against Larry Elder

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Excerpted from the Orange County Register

When a Black gubernatorial candidate in America’s most racially diverse state is viciously attacked because he holds views that differ from those of the political and media establishment, something is dreadfully wrong.

It is hard to know where to start — so many, so unhinged, and so vile are the attacks against Larry Elder in the Los Angeles Times’ hit pieces.

On August 18, the Times ran a column by Jean Guerrero under the title “If Larry Elder is elected, life will get harder for Black and Latino Californians.” She kicks off by demonstrating her hatefulness with the declaration that Elder “has built a career as a Black radio talk show host who isn’t afraid to deny the reality of systemic racism by maligning Black people.” In other words, Elder is a race traitor.

He is also anti-Latino, Guerrero claims. Elder “told The Times he doesn’t believe in sanctuary laws, and he’s against in-state tuition, healthcare and driver’s licenses for the undocumented. He opposes birthright citizenship. He objects to cashless bail and diverting police funds to social programs.”

Would it be racist to point out to Guerrero that these positions have nothing to do with race? That, only in extreme left-wing bubbles, which, admittedly, the Times has become, is it taken as gospel that a city or state must give sanctuary to lawbreakers? That providing in-state benefits to people who are not only from out of state, but from out of country, is not quite yet a litmus test for being non-racist? That defunding the police is neither pro-Black nor pro-Latino, but pro-criminal?

Other signs of Elder’s racism are that “he doesn’t plan to do much about climate change” and that he opposes vaccine and mask mandates, which both ostensibly harm people of color the most. These are all hotly debated topics, yet Guerrero makes it clear that only one opinion is acceptable.

“If Elder becomes governor,” Guerrero warns ominously, the Golden State “could plunge into an alternate universe reminiscent of the ’90s, when California passed a racist three-strikes law and the anti-immigrant Proposition 187.”

Again, how to deal with crime and illegal immigration have long been issues over which Americans of goodwill disagree vehemently. But there is no goodwill on Guerrero’s part, smearing anyone who disagrees with her positions as racist.

In a July 14 piece for the Times, Guerrero had accused Elder of supporting “white grievance politics” — which “were once the purview of neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan” as expressed by David Duke. Today, Guerrero writes, Elder has “found a niche enabling white victimhood.”

Would it be racist to point out the obvious — that Guerrero is part of the ever-growing group of race-baiters enabling and fomenting Latino and Black victimhood?

On August 20, the Times ran a piece by Erika Smith titled “Larry Elder is the Black face of white supremacy. You’ve been warned.”

After opening with her objection to Elder’s “smug smile of a Black conservative who could very well be liberal California’s next governor,” Smith lays her objections to Elder himself on the table: “Few things infuriate me more than watching a Black person use willful blindness and cherry-picked facts to make overly simplistic arguments that whitewash the complex problems that come along with being Black in America.”

Accusing Elder of willful blindness and cherry-picked facts? Would it be racist to introduce Smith to the concept of irony?

“Like a lot of Black people,” Smith writes, “I’ve learned that it’s often best just to ignore people like Elder. People who are — as my dad used to say — ‘skinfolk’ but not necessarily kinfolk.” She is apparently missing the irony of approvingly quoting a saying that some Black Americans used to dismiss those Black Americans who disagree publicly with accepted Black opinion.

To back up her case for Elder’s evilness, Smith quotes moral authorities on today’s race relations, such as Melina Abdullah: “He is a danger, a clear and present danger.” Abdullah is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Los Angeles. While Black lives obviously matter, and so much of the Black population is forced — often through leftist policies — to live as if they don’t, the official BLM movement is anti-family, anti-police and anti-American.

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They threw out all the nasty ugly lies they could, Evil is as evil does