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Elder: Democrats to Blacks: Stay Angry, Vote for Democrats

By Larry Elder

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., once said: "George (W.) Bush is our 'Bull' Connor -- and if that doesn't get to you, nothing will be able to get to you. It's time for us to be able to say that we're sick and tired, we're fired up and we're not going to take it anymore."

Connor was a racist sheriff who sicced dogs and water hoses on civil rights workers in the '60s. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., says Republicans "want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws."

The tactic is as obvious as it is insulting. Tell black voters that "they" are out to "get them" -- and pull that lever for us Democrats so we can resist their racist attempt to undermine your success.

Never mind that this kind of anger wrapped in paranoia -- assuming that others are out to get you -- is precisely the formula to undermine your own success.

Accomplished entrepreneurs say one of the keys to success is the assumption and the confidence that you can influence the outcome.

Anger is an opponent of success.

The movie "Red Tails" is a fictionalized film of the Tuskegee airmen, the brave black fighter pilots of World War II. They overcame racism and fought for their country in a segregated military that considered them unequal.

In one scene, a Tuskegee pilot goes into an officers' club in Italy. He is taunted and told "whites only." He starts a fight and ends up in a military jail, possibly facing court-martial.

His commanding officer, played by Terrence Howard, confronts the aviator whose anger threatened the mission: "What am I going to do with you? Everything's a fight, isn't it? It must be so goddamned exhausting being you. You know something ... ? You're a punk. You remind me of one of those kids from a comic strip. Walking around, pushing your sleeve up one arm, hand balled in a tight fist. Walking and looking at the world through a squint, always looking to knock something down just because it's standing.

"It's right there," says the CO, pointing his finger to the temple of his officer's head. "It's right there. You really want to knock something down? Try using that. Because I will tell you straight, I don't have anything against you. I have the highest expectations for you. Lieutenant ... I need everyone on this next mission, and you're lucky you're the best damn pilot we've got. Report to your unit."

Rep. Rangel wants anger for votes and power. In discussing the Trayvon Martin case, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, "Blacks are under attack." Under attack? By whom?

The "battle against racism" removes pressure from people to practice what works: personal responsibility, hard work, pursuing an education and a pledge to refrain from having children until capable of assuming the responsibility. Blacks are not helped by the angry, pessimistic rhetoric of those who claim to operate in their best interests. Getting ahead becomes elusive when others train you to think like a victim, that The Man holds you in a trap of weights and barriers.

Black actor Charles Dutton, playing a high school teacher in the movie "Menace II Society," gives to students this dismal "advice": "Being a black man in America isn't easy. The hunt is on, and you're the prey." Have a nice life, boys.

I was blessed with parents with no patience for those who felt sorry for themselves and who allowed others to make them feel inferior. In high school, my literature class read a poem that went something like this:

"While riding through old Baltimore, so small and full of glee,

"I saw a young Baltimorean keep a-lookin' straight at me.

"Now, he was young and very small, and I was not much bigger

"And so he smiled, but put out his tongue and called me 'nigger.'

"I saw the whole of Baltimore from May until September,

"Of all the things that happened there, that's all that I remember."

The teacher angrily talked about the permanent damage done to this little boy's psyche. The permanent stain of racism. The denial of the little boy's dignity. The boy, said the teacher, will never be the same. By the time the bell sounded, everyone was angry.

I went home and read the poem to my mom as she prepared dinner. When I finished -- "of all the things that happened there, that's all that I remember" -- she took a spoon out of a steaming pot, rapped it on the side, turned to me and said, "Too bad he let something that trivial spoil his vacation."

As Aristotle, in the "Nicomachean Ethics," wrote: "Anyone can become angry -- that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way -- this is not easy."

Apparently, Aristotle wasn't a Democratic strategist.


Larry Elder is a best-selling author and radio talk-show host. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an "Elderado," visit



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  1. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    July 5, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    and white folks is the prejudice ones.
    this is really getting old.
    if you dont like this country and the way you live.then get out go back to your so called homeland you love to preach about.

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  2. BobinmsComment by Bobinms
    July 5, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    The former editor of the Jackson, MS paper, a Democrat no doubt, would dredge up 60 year old racial stories. I finally sent him an email and asked.

    Whey do you print these old stories? I’ll make it multiple choice for you.

    A. To insight the blacks.
    B. To intimidate the whites.
    C. All of the above.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      July 5, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

      Would that Democrats actually DID insight blacks with INSIGHT,,instead of inciting Riotous behavior to intimidate Whites and all of the above.

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  3. peterdComment by peterd
    July 5, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Mr Elders, For the last couple of weeks I’ve been responding to articles alleging discrimmination and racism with the following comment “Racism is a learned behavior, taught by educators like you.” (Mr Elders, that you, is not directed at you but the person refered to in the artilce I’m commenting on)

    This statement is very real for me. I was raised in a mixed neighborhood by ‘party’ members who thought they were doing the right thing. One of the stories in the family’s lore is Dad’s comment to a fellow progressive. The man asked Dad if he was still trying to integrate the neighborhood. ‘Oh yes’ Dad exclaimed, ” We’re still trying to get whites to move in.’

    Anyway, I didn’t learn racism at home.

    That leaves us with one basic question, It’s been almost 50 years since the Civil Rights Bill. What did it do? Blacks still live in ghettos, don’t do well in school, have trouble getting jobs, and even more trouble getting promoted. Whitey still moves out when the blacks move in. WHY?

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      July 5, 2012 @ 10:21 am

      Because we are taught not to dwell in the land of Stupid, and we seek to control our rights to our own hard earned personal property which Blacks seem to think they have an unearned vested interest in.
      Once Black people look less upon the hard earned personal property of others, and begin to earn enough of their own to become self sustaining, then and only them will White people feel safe in their persons and safe in their personal property to dwell among the enlightened un-Democratic party indoctrinated American black adults who no longer dwell in the entitlement mindset of the manipulating Democrat Liberal party of panderers.

      The basic premise of CIVIL RIGHTS is that you behave civilly and respect the persons and personal property of others who are self sustaining. Placing actual gun or tax gun to their neighbor’s heads to steal their fortunes are not acts of civility and is not a neighborhood any sane person of any color would choose to reside in.

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  4. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    July 5, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    “In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves” – Abraham J Heschel

    Striving for themselves is all the Democrat race baiters have to offer in their anger, along with the fear that accompanies it.

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  5. 19lrae33Comment by 19lrae33
    July 5, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I am 78 years old and I have lead most of my life excusing blacks for their dislike, distrust, unwillingness to cooperate, or downright hatred of whites. Much of that is passed down from peers and parents, unlike the positive example in the article. I had a black co-worker, in 1966, who divulged that his mother told him to be polite to white people face to face but away from them, call them anything you want. Of the two examples which one do you think is more beneficial to blacks and our society as a whole? Whites have absorbed various types of abuse, usually invisible, but occasionally brought to light by those playing the race card, and now that is happening more frequently. Nothing has changed for the better under this nation’s new leadership and I would venture a guess that many people feel it has changed for the worse.

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    • sophillyjimmyComment by sophillyjimmy
      July 6, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

      My mother worked in a tailor shop since she was 14 years old, even after her mother died when my mother was 16 years old and had to help raise her 10 younger siblings. She worked sitting next to a black woman that told her that the blacks had to eat the scraps from the white mans table, my mother repied that as an Italian, we didn’t even get scraps so we worked for our food even if it was pasta 4 times a week with no meat in the sauce that we had to make ourselves because we couldn’t afford to buy boxes of it, the black woman never mentioned those scraps again.

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  6. joelsk44039Comment by joelsk44039
    July 5, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    Bull Connor was a Democrat!

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  7. JDZComment by JDZ
    July 5, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    In the late 1800′s and early 1900′s most Black families were two parent families. The families worked together, ate together, and spent most of their leisure time together. Today, most Black families (70%) are single parent families with multiple kids with women having custody. There is little, if any family oriented activities for these single parent families.

    Today, upwards of 70% of high school age Blacks in some school districts fail to graduate from high school. Many of those within the inner city areas never really learn to read or perform simple math. Many only see low income family situations where much of their income comes from government subsidies (welfare, food stamps, disability, tax credits, unemployment, etc.) and it has become a way of life for many for generations. The male role models in the Black communities are pro athletes or rap stars and not doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc. which are typical role models for mainstream American kids.

    The liberal politicians love this situation and have expanded it to the Hispanic communities and other lower income areas within the US, as these communities represent the largest voting blocks of the Democratic party. The Black politicians are almost all Democrats, and those like Sharpton and Rangel have been using these voting blocks to stay in power for decades. They want to keep these millions of Americans dependent on the government as the more that grow up in this entitlement mentality the larger is their voting base that perpetuates their socialist large government agenda.

    On the other side, are the independents and conservatives in this country who believe in the power of each individual to strive for personal achievement and provide for themselves free from dependence on government subsidies. These are those that want to help create a better country for the next generation of Americans with more opportunities for those seeking the American dream. Their life goals include a solid education, a good job, and a family, as they strive for personal success and happiness.

    These Americans end up being the taxpayers who foot the bill for those receiving and living off of government subsidies. This is the “maker” versus the “taker” argument in the country. This happens to be the crux argument between liberals and conservatives and how the whole “wealth redistribution” dynamic takes place in our country. This is the genesis of the growing “entitlement” mentality that has totally undermined the financial stability of the country and which has been taken to extremes under the obsessive liberal activism of socialist special interest groups and liberal politicians.

    In the past, there has been polarizations in this country between races, between regions of the country, and between political parties, but the polarization of today is much deeper and more complicated.

    It is an ideological polarization that gets into the very essence of our country, of our American culture and values, and our governmental philosophy. It is a battle between our traditional individual rights, as protected by our Constitution and Bill of Rights, versus a growing socialist ideology built around a model of a collective concept of a socialist government. Most of us would never think this socialist/communist ideology would ever have a chance within the USA, but under the Obama administration they are close to taking control of the country.

    The most far left socialist radicals in our country have methodically taken control of the Democratic political party and are using these huge liberal government dependent voting blocks to take control of our country through the election process. They have helped create and grow the entitlement culture for political purposes, and really want to perpetuate this dependency because it keeps them in power. It is this obsession that is very self serving and destroying our country.

    If you do not believe me, just take a look at the state of California which has been slowly deteriorating under decades of the same liberal political management that is now in Washington.

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    • justasinger159Comment by justasinger159
      July 5, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

      I concur wholeheartedly, however you forgot to mention low income whites who have been left behind due to many of the same maladies that plague many blacks and hispanics, i.e. absentee parents, irresponsible parenting resulting in government intervention and onto government dependence and on and on until it becomes a generational cycle of feeling entitled because all the rich people have nice things. Most affluent people did not cheat to get theirs, but these people will never believe that as long as the proponents of a larger nanny state keep lying to the masses. If Obama wanted to help this country, he would use his influence to encourage self sufficiency and pride in one’s self and community regardless of race, color or ethnicity. Sadly, that will never happen.

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  8. middlegroundComment by middleground
    July 5, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    I preferred the take of the chief of the Slavey tribe, NWT in 1960. “The Canadian government has turned the youth in our tribe into a bunch of worthless, lazy drunks waiting for their welfare checks”. A month later at a party I heard the Minister of Norther Affairs, an anthropologist, described the Slavey tribe and other “native tribes” as “poor simple folk who needed the government to care for them”. The tribe’s attitude toward sex might have shocked an academic anthropologist, but they were certainly not “simple folks” who needed to be cared for by government. The ones we worked with were hard working and probably would have been fans of Rush Limbough’s philosophy, but that was fifty years ago and before they had all consumed the “apple” offered by compassionate bureaucrats and now lawyers.

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  9. Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
    July 5, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Interesting isn’t it that the only way the leaders of the Democrat Party (can’t call them “democratic” the name fits none of them) find it necessary to keep their black population in the fold by making them think they are still part of a slave class.

    You’d think they’d wake up wouldn’t you?

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  10. justasinger159Comment by justasinger159
    July 5, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    How ironic that someone as classless as Barack Obama is trying to stir up class warfare. As a veteran I am so glad to have served under President Reagan. Romney 2012.

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  11. garytgsrComment by garytgsr
    July 6, 2012 @ 5:03 am

    This person MUST carry the torch of racism not just to remind people to hate but to allow him to extend his career.. it would appear he still has anger issues implanted in him and without racism he would have little to write about with any real passion.

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  12. thomasComment by thomas
    July 6, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    The thing that amazes me is the hatred and revulsion directed at people like Colin Powell, Clarence Thomas, Condoleeza Rice, and MANY other African-American success stories by the NAACP and other “civil rights” organizations.

    It’s difficult to tell whom they hate more, these people or “whitey”.

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  13. EmmjaaComment by Emmjaa
    July 7, 2012 @ 12:07 am

    Larry, I don’t know your mom, but she was a very smart women and you my friend have been blessed to have her as a parent where you were exposed to her wisdom! Praise God for raising up people such as your mom filled with light and wisdom.

    I have never heard your quote by Aristotle, but it rings true for us all.

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  14. EmmjaaComment by Emmjaa
    July 7, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    Mr. Elder, I hope you will use your stellar communication skills to advise the Romney campaign and their various spokes persons there is a great need to reach out and bring a message of inclusion to the non-white community. It needs to be said that our country is great because of its diversity and the contributions made by people of all races and cultures. Our goals for the future must include the non-white and the white American. It is up to each person to bring that message to their local churches and community action groups.

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