Larry Elder is successful. He hosts a radio show and is a writer of books and other things. Let’s learn about Larry Elder as we honor another black person as part of black history month. As always, Wikipedia does most of the heavy lifting because … duh.
Larry Elder was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the city’s Pico-Union and South Central areas, Elder attended Washington Preparatory High School and later graduated from Crenshaw High School and earned his B.A.. in political science in 1974 from Brown University. He then earned his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 1977. After graduation, he worked with a law firm in Cleveland, Ohio, where he practiced litigation. In 1980, he founded Laurence A. Elder and Associates, recruiting attorneys.
Brown is a good school. Michigan is a really good law school, randomly. So, those are mighty fine credentials.
[In 2005] He was a host of the PBS program National Desk, including the segment, “Redefining Racism: Fresh Voices From Black America,” for which he won an AEGIS Award of Excellence, a Telly award, and an Emerald City Gold Award of Excellence.
Three awards for one show. Nicely done, Elder.
Elder’s political views are philosophically libertarian, and have also been described as conservative. He supports free trade, school choice, and same-sex marriage, while supporting personhood for unborn children. He opposes the income tax and supports replacing it with the FairTax, a national retail sales tax. He is also a firm opponent of the war on drugs and has been quoted as saying “Philosophically, I think that if somebody wants to sit around and get stoned that’s up to him or her. And if that ruins your life, so be it…. So I am for drug legalization.”
Marrying gays, doing drugs, and no taxes – I can get behind that. I like all of those! Let us finish by looking at his bibliography:
Stupid Black Men: How To Play The Race Card-And Lose ISBN 0-312-36733-3
The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America ISBN 0-312-28465-9
Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies, and the Special Interests that Divide America ISBN 0-312-32017-5
What’s Race Got to Do with It? : Why It’s Time to Stop the Stupidest Argument in America (2009), ISBN 0-312-54147-3 originally titled Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card—and Lose, ISBN 0-312-36733-3.
Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives…Eight Hours (2012), ISBN 1-936-48845-0
In 2005 Elder created a self-financed film called Michael & Me, in which he attempts to repudiate filmmaker Michael Moore’s anti-gun politics and his assertions in Moore’s controversial documentary, Bowling for Columbine.
Redefining Racism: Fresh Voices from Black America – “Probes the deep chasm between black and white Americans and the increasing hostility towards whites felt by a vast number of African-Americans”
Title IX And Women In Sports: What’s Wrong With This Picture? Whidbey Island Films
For Goodness Sake II (1996). – Elder hosts the “Diversity Through Character” segment.
Michael & Me (2005)
Not as cool as having your own badass website but I’ll bet he made money! (Actually, I’m pretty sure he has his own website too.)