"Take care, Bro. Too bad they indoctrinated you and turned you into a sad, simple, sputtering name-caller. Winners don't see a need to put others down to elevate themselves.
"That's a job for victicrats -- those who blame others for their 'plight.' Report to the nearest mirror."
This provoked interesting Facebook comments.
TG: "Larry, I'm white and live in Orange County. And to be honest I read your posts all the time and always watch when you're on TV. I truly didn't realize or even give it a second thought that you were black. Does it matter? I like your views and think you're an intelligent man. Would truly like to see you in politics. Keep up the good work, we need more people like you. Regardless of color."
KV: "Is that why we have 'Larry Elder for President' bumper-stickers on our cars? I would give five years of my life to have Larry even one term as president. May God bless Larry and all who try to make sense to a twisted liberal world."
ML: "That reply rocked, Larry. And surprise, surprise, to your former racist classmate, there are many white people who could care less that you are black. I care that you recognize the Democratic Party is the party of social enslavement and social injustice all hidden underneath their plastic self-righteous smiles and slanderous anti-Republican rants. You, sir, speak for Americans -- not just a race -- and your values are the same as mine. ... You are like a drink of clear, fresh, cool water in this age of media lies and censorship! Thanks for keeping it real!"
LP: "So sick of the black and white thing. Tired of blacks who see what is really happening and speaking out, being reduced to 'Uncle Toms' because they think for themselves. I admire the man or woman who can discern the depth of the crushing politics that is being played out here in America no matter their origin, race or religion."
Several hundred comments later, I still hadn't heard back from my former classmate. I wrote again.
This time he replied. Then something surprising happened.
Classmate: "I apologize, for the name calling, Mr. Elder. I've had cancer. It's left me somewhat bitter. Man, I'm sorry for coming at you like that."
Elder: "Apology accepted. Be well."