Accuracy in Media

      Larry Elder is described on the dust jacket of his book, “Ten Things You Can’t Say in America,” as a “firebrand libertarian who tells truths this nation’s public figures are afraid to address.” He has had a talk show on KABC in Los Angeles for five years, and he has survived a campaign to force him off the air launched by those who hate his politically incorrect views, especially those that touch on racial issues. You see, Larry Elder is black, and he has coined a word, “victicrats” to describe people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and syndicated columnist Julianne Malveaux.

      In his book, published last year, Elder says, “A ‘victicrat’ blames all ills, problems, concerns and unhappiness on others.” The black victicrats, he tells us, foster the idea that blacks in America are victims of white conspiracies to keep them from succeeding in school, in the workplace and in business. They even accuse whites of trying to wipe them out by spreading AIDS and introducing crack cocaine into the ghettos of Los Angeles.

      Another black author, John McWhorter, a young professor of linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, in his book, “Losing the Race,” agrees with Larry Elder that American blacks are victimized by what he calls a “Cult of Victimology, under which remnants of discrimination hold an obsessive, indignant fascination that allows only passing acknowledgment of any signs of progress.”

      These two authors point out that victimology is spread not only by political figures but also by influential academics, writers, and journalists. One of the journalists singled out by Larry Elder is Julianne Malveaux, a columnist who used to write for USA Today and is now syndicated by King Features. Appearing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Jan. 1, Malveaux was challenged by a caller to admit that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are racists. She replied, “I don’t think either man is racist. I think both of them are important… activists whose interest is in advancing the interests of the African-American community. Rev. Jackson has been one of our most polished advocates for justice…. I see nothing racist at all in anything that Al Sharpton has ever done.”

      Malveaux said, “You can disagree with me on racism…But then explain to me why we still have… racial profiling. We still have blacks getting stopped by police, and then in the state of Florida you had police officers put up roadblocks to prevent African American people from getting to the polls. Explain that to me.” If the caller hadn’t hung up, he could have replied with this quote from John McWhorter: “To detain more black people than white in many neighborhoods and settings is sadly nothing less than necessary, because black people commit proportionately more crimes than whites.”

      On Election Day in Florida a group of black students who said they were on their way to vote turned back when they saw police making a routine check of cars on the highway. Perhaps the driver wanted to avoid the checkpoint because he didn’t have a driver’s license. It is absurd to claim that the police tried to keep blacks from the polls in Florida. They voted in record numbers.

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