Larry Elder: The George Floyd riots: Where’s Black Lives Matter

(Carolyn Cole/Getty)Black lives matter. Black businesses, not so much. Four Minneapolis cops were summarily fired, with one of the four arrested and charged with the murder of a black suspect named George Floyd, who died in police custody. In cellphone video apparently taken by one of the many witnesses, a cop later identified as Derek Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as Floyd laid face-down and handcuffed on a city street. The cops ignored Floyd’s repeated plea, “I can’t breathe.” By the time paramedics arrived, Floyd was unresponsive and apparently Read More

Larry Elder: Joe ‘you ain’t black’ Biden…please see ‘Uncle Tom’

Get the latest BPR news delivered free to your inbox daily. SIGN UP HERE. Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. June 19 is the premiere of “Uncle Tom,” a documentary on which I am the executive producer. Through interviews with black conservatives, some well-known and some not, the film asks a simple question: Why are independent-thinking blacks, who believe in limited government and personal responsibility, denounced as “sellouts” and “coons” and “Uncle Toms” by fellow blacks? One can agree or disagree about whether, and to what degree, today’s problems in the black community can be Read More

Larry Elder: Black man killed by two white men —

Get the latest BPR news delivered free to your inbox daily. SIGN UP HERE. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. In February, a black man named Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed in Brunswick, Georgia. Cue the “this regularly happens to black men in America” hysteria. Initial news reports described Arbery as jogging through a predominately white neighborhood when two armed white men, for reasons still under investigation, told police they thought Arbery was actually a criminal behind recent break-ins in the neighborhood. Arbery, while jogging, stopped and spent Read More

Larry Elder: What about ‘deaths of despair’ amid coronavirus lockdown?

Get the latest BPR news delivered free to your inbox daily. SIGN UP HERE. (Getty)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. As of this writing, more than 80,000 Americans have contracted and died from the coronavirus. But how many have or will die from what some call “despair”? Consider the following call to my radio show: “Hi, Larry. I was calling about people who have called suicide hotlines and different things with this loss of income. I am a widow of somebody who did commit suicide because of income. It was not now, during the epidemic, Read More

Larry Elder: Sweden, coronavirus and the concept of ‘trade-offs’

Get the latest BPR news delivered free to your inbox daily. SIGN UP HERE. (Photo by JANERIK HENRIKSSON/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. Sweden, unlike its Scandinavian neighbors, made different decisions to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. It issued no mandatory orders. It did not require its citizens to shelter at home. True, as of May 4, more Swedes had contracted and died from the coronavirus (2,679 total deaths, a rate of 263.08 per 1 million people) than people in Norway (211, rate of 39.7) and Denmark (484, rate of 83.49), but fewer when adjusted Read More

Larry Elder: Coronavirus pandemic plus Trump Derangement Syndrome equals bad

(Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. What happens when Trump Derangement Syndrome meets bad math? The President Donald Trump-hating comedian Bill Maher, in 2018, openly rooted for a recession, if its price meant the defeat of Trump in 2020. Maher said: “By the way, I’m hoping for it because one way you get rid of Trump is a crashing economy. So please, bring on the recession. … Sorry if that hurts people but it’s either root for a recession or you lose your democracy. … I feel Read More

Larry Elder: The origin of the coronavirus: From right-wing conspiracy

(Photo by Stringer/Getty Images)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. In February the Daily Kos, an influential left-wing website, denounced “a whole parade of right-wing hand-waving that includes not just Republican Rep. Tom Cotton claiming that COVID-19 was cooked up in a Chinese bio lab.”  Likewise, The Guardian reported that Dr. Peter Daszak, the president of EcoHealth Alliance in the United States, an organization that researches emerging diseases, said: “Conspiracy theories circulating on social media claim the coronavirus was artificially manufactured in a lab conducting bioweapons research. They are ‘crackpot theories that need to Read More

Larry Elder: Hate mail from black people

Get the latest BPR news delivered free to your inbox daily. SIGN UP HERE. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. CNN host Chris Cuomo recently complained about his job. “I don’t like what I do,” he said. It seems that Cuomo, out in public, gets some negative feedback: “I don’t want some jackass, loser, fat-tire biker being able to pull over and get in my face and in my space and talk bulls–t to me. I don’t want to hear it.” Cuomo complained that as “a Read More

Larry Elder: The coronavirus: Trump’s medical advice was contradictory, inconsistent

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. For three years, critics of President Donald Trump have claimed that he arrogantly refuses to listen to his experts and that his exaggerated sense of self prevents him from accepting his limitations. Applying that narrative to Trump’s initial failure to appreciate the gravity of the coronavirus, NBC host Chuck Todd recently asked former Vice President Joe Biden, “Do you think there is blood on the president’s hands, considering the slow response? Or is that too harsh of a criticism?” Even Biden Read More

Larry Elder: The coronavirus: What would Joe Biden do?

(Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)Many Democrats and much of the media claim that President Donald Trump has mishandled and continues to mishandle the response to the coronavirus pandemic. But a Johns Hopkins study found the United States is better prepared for a pandemic than any other country. Released in October 2019, the Global Health Security Index examined 195 countries on their preparedness and ability to handle an epidemic or pandemic. It found: “No country is fully prepared for epidemics or pandemics, and every country has important gaps to address.” No, Trump did not cut funding for the Centers Read More