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.@LarryElder discusses #CommonCore, Tupac and Black Leadership with the Urban Girl

larry elderPeople who know me personally are aware of my LOVE for best-selling author and radio talk show host Larry Elder.  Many in the black community are not fond of his direct and at times unpopular topics of discussions, but he does manage to ruffle folks feathers and get you thinking critically. I regularly retweet his posts and have established a good rapport with him.  So good in fact he responded to my request to talk to the 2UrbanGirls readers. We discussed Common Core, his alma mater and of course, black leadership. THANK YOU again Larry for obliging the little blogger out of Inglewood!

Urban Girl:  You come from the SouthLA area, and attended Crenshaw High School.  What are your most memorable experiences during your time there and what year did you graduate?

Elder:  I remember walking into Crenshaw High School, among the first to ever set foot in the school. It was beautiful, cutting-edge, high-tech and exciting.  That was in 1968. I graduated in January 1970.

Urban Girl:  Crenshaw High at one time lost its accreditation and is now split into three charters.  What are your thoughts on traditional vs charter schools and this new idea of teaching called “Common Core”?

Elder:  I am a libertarian. As such, I believe in competition in virtually all things — especially including education. Ideally, government should stay out of education. This includes school curriculum and therefore I consider “Common Core” to be yet another monstrous intrusion.  But on a scale, it’s a smaller insult than the very establishment of the federal Department of Education.  But given the broad acceptance of government in education, at the very least the money should follow of the child — to any school or curriculum a parent decides is best for their particular child — rather than the other way around.

Urban Girl:  At what moment did you realize you were interested in politics and was there a particular person and/or event that sparked your curiosity?

Elder:  There wasn’t any epiphany.  I always believed in hard work and felt that my circumstances seemed promising and hopeful.  My parent made my brothers and me believe that if we persevered, things would turn out okay. I always enjoyed the intersection of law and politics and debate and the Constitution.

Urban Girl:  Many individuals in the African-American community, call you some of everything, based on your discussion of urban issues.  Is there anything you have previously said, that you regret now?

Elder:  No.

Urban Girl:  You have a popular book out called “Dear Father, Dear Son” which speaks on fathers in the home and I’ve also seen you quote Tupac saying “if he had a father in his life, he would be different”.  Why is this issue important to you?

Elder:   The reason the issue of fathers is important is that decent parenting — or the absence of it — is the root cause of virtually every major social problem in the country in general, and within the black community in particular.

Whether you’re talking about crime, declining standards and schools, lack of jobs — all can be traced to poor choices. Why do so many make poor choices? When we lack fathers with decent experience and judgment, kids suffer.  They don’t learn to understand and appreciate concepts like hard work, sacrifice, and setting goals.

Urban Girl:  You are an acclaimed author, tv personality and my favorite agitator.  Have you ever considered running for office?

Elder:  Whenever I get the urge to run for office, I lie down, grit my teeth, and wait for the moment to pass. It always does.

Urban Girl:  Finally, what is your opinion on black leadership in Los Angeles?  Do you feel they have made African-American’s lives better or worse, as it relates to our overall growth and success?

Elder:  The whole concept, to me, of “black leadership” in Los Angeles — or anywhere —  is condescending. But, if you mean what do I think about LA area “activists”? Not much.

Left-wing people, and that’s most of the so-called black leadership, do not understand the connection between the welfare state and the demise of the black family. They don’t understand how the monopoly on government education hinders quality and education. They don’t get the importance of things like privatizing Social Security. They don’t understand how licensing and regulations have shut blacks out of professions like barbering and operating cabs.

Regarding family breakdown, the L.A. area “black leadership” doesn’t understand what’s going on anymore than does the national “black leadership.”

Here’s the deal. I call it “the trifecta.”

First, leftists tell/drum into/convince black people that they’re victims, that they’re powerless to change their circumstances due to racism, their “disadvantaged circumstances,” “income inequality,” etc.

Second, they convince blacks that Republicans/Tea Party/Black Republicans/Uncle Toms are the victimizers.

Third, they convince blacks that the Democratic Party is their savior. They’re the party that will “level the playing field,” address “income inequality” and so on, because they’re the “party that cares.”

Equal rights is one thing, but equal results is far, far different. The former is a God-given right, the latter must be earned — or forcibly achieved through the power of government to take from the undeserving “rich” and give it to the non-rich.

Most of what passes nowadays as the quest for “equal rights” is, in reality, a quest for “equal results.”

You can follow Larry Elder on his daily radio show on KABC-LA Talk Radio AM 790 3pm-6pm PT and to become an Elderado click here.  He also has the ElderStatement.com for your enjoyment.


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I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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