Larry Elder

What about more recent examples of "racial insensitivity"? The then-First Lady, in 1996, gave a speech on behalf of an organization called "EMILY's List." EMILY stands for Early Money Is Like Yeast. In her speech, Hillary mocked black then-mayor Willie Brown, who, according to Clinton, did not know this "person" called "Emily" and asked to be introduced to her. First Lady Clinton, according to the Los Angeles Times, used a "mock African-American accent" to imitate Brown, saying, "She's supportin' all these people. She's supportin' Senator Dianne Feinstein. She's supported Senator Barbara Boxer. ... She supported everybody. Why won't she support me?"

What about the alleged racist strategy employed by now-Senator Chuck Schumer [D-NY]? In 1974, Jay Homnick, then 16 years old, says he attended a meeting in the Flatbush area of New York. Schumer, a newly minted Harvard grad running for State Assembly, was introduced to the audience consisting of local white, Italian, Jewish and Slavic immigrants. They wanted to rid three city blocks of Avenue K apartments whose tenants were almost 100 percent black. Schumer, according to Homnick, suggested a way to eradicate this infestation from the community.

Schumer told the group that, if elected, he planned to propose legislation to "help" the poor blacks by designating their buildings as being in need of extensive facelifts. With the residents "temporarily" relocated in government housing, the apartments would be renovated and sold as condos. The original tenants would be offered the right to purchase the new condos, wrote Homnick, but "we could be sure that -- ha, ha, ha -- the blacks would not be able to raise the cash required, which would not be inconsiderable."

What about the current congressional candidacy of Keith Ellison, running in Minnesota's 5th district? In 1990, Ellison, then a member of the Nation of Islam and a law student at the University of Minnesota, wrote an article for the school's newspaper defending NOI's Minister Louis Farrakhan against charges of racism. Farrakhan has called Judaism a "gutter religion," pronounced Adolf Hitler "wickedly great," claimed that whites are the devil, condemned gays, and, on their website, his organization still calls for a separate region in America so that blacks may relocate and live there. Ellison now denounces Farrakhan's views and says back then he failed to "adequately scrutinize" the minister's positions.

Moral to the story, anti-Semitism and anti-black rhetoric counts against you -- unless, of course, you're a Democrat.

Larry Elder

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