Larry Elder: Absentee Fathers are More of a Threat to the Black Community Than Racism
Black conservative writer and pundit Larry Elder has a message for the GOP regarding how to get more of the black vote: Stop talking to blacks like they’re stupid. In an interview with The Daily Caller, Elder said the only hope the GOP has of reaching black voters is if they talk to blacks like adults.
“Stop talking to blacks like they are children to whom the truth cannot be told,” Elder said.
Elder also said that racism is no longer a major issue in this country, and that the biggest threat to the black community is absentee fathers.
“To avoid poverty, UCLA public policy professor James Q. Wilson said that everyone — not just blacks — must do three things: finish high school, don’t become a parent until at least the age of twenty, and get married before having a child. Do this and you will not be poor,” Elder said.
Elder then recalled a conversation with former NAACP head Kweisi Mfume, where Mfume agreed that absentee fatherhood was more of a threat to the black community than racism.
“I once asked Kweisi Mfume, then the head of the NAACP the following question: ‘As between the presence of white racism and the absence of black fathers, which poses the bigger threat to the black community.’ He immediately responded, ‘The absence of black fathers.’ Screaming about racism won’t solve this problem.”
Elder then goes on to explain how Republicans need to explain why Democratic policies are bad for the African-American community.
“Republicans need to explain how the welfare state has undermined the formation of traditional two-parent families,” he said, “that the Democratic Party’s allegiance to teachers unions means urban parents are forced to send their children to schools the parents don’t like; that policies like minimum wage hikes destroy jobs for the unskilled; and admitting students under ‘race-based preferences’ means a higher drop-out rate for the ‘affirmative action student’; that raising taxes on the rich threatens the prosperity of all.”
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