Larry Elder

Shortly after September 11, 2001, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani rejected a Saudi Arabian prince's $10 million offer for the victims' families of the World Trade Center attacks, because the offer came with a lecture about the "slaughter" of Palestinians "at the hands of the Israelis." Ms. McKinney wrote the prince a letter of apology, "Your Royal Highness, the state of black America is not good." She then uncorked a litany of black America's grievances, including, but not limited to, poverty, homelessness, hunger, an unfair criminal justice system, "health disparities" with blacks less likely to receive surgery than whites, and the demise of affirmative action. Magnanimously, she offered to provide names of charities that might benefit from the $10 mil.

Just six months after the atrocities of September 11, McKinney attacked the year-old Bush administration: "We know there were numerous warnings of the events to come on September 11," she said on a radio station interview. "What did this administration know and when did it know it, about the events of September 11? Who else knew, and why did they not warn the innocent people of New York who were needlessly murdered?"

Two months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, McKinney read Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff the headline: "Nursing Home Owners Charged in Deaths," in the case of 44 patients who were not evacuated in New Orleans. "Mr. Secretary, if the nursing home owners are arrested for negligent homicide, why shouldn't you also be arrested for negligent homicide?" McKinney said. "It seems that chaos was the plan that was implemented. Leadership, Mr. Secretary, was lacking."

In December 2005, McKinney still claimed Katrina equaled racism: "Racism is something we don't like to talk about, but we have to acknowledge it," McKinney said. "And the world saw the effects of American-style racism in the drama as it was outplayed by the Katrina survivors."

McKinney suggested "many parallels" between rapper Tupac Shakur's death and the "attacks and deaths carried out by the FBI . . . against political musicians and activists since the 1950s."

Meanwhile, as McKinney held her in-Congress-while-black press conference, someone of true courage stood before 2,000 people in New Orleans. Entertainer/actor/activist Bill Cosby courageously said, "It's painful, but we can't cleanse ourselves unless we look at the wound. . . . Ladies and gentlemen, you had the highest murder rate, unto each other. You were dealing drugs to each other. You were impregnating our 13-, 12-, 11-year-old children."

Will the real so-called black leader please stand up?

Larry Elder

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