By Larry Elder
Rapper/actor Ice Cube is on the brink of understanding the left-wing con. He appears on the verge of understanding the fake product that the Democrats and the media have been peddling: that America remains guilty of “systemic racism.”
In a video Cube posted on social media, he wondered what blacks are getting in return for their virtually unquestioned loyalty to the Democratic Party. In explaining why he recently met with Democrats and Republicans, Cube tweeted: “Every side is the Darkside for us here in America. They’re all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat, but we can’t afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change. Our justice is bipartisan.” I sent him a series of tweets to assist him in his journey of political discovery:
Dear Ice Cube:
Urge blacks to follow your lead and that of your parents! You were raised by two parents and were voluntarily bused to a better school rather than attending the nearby inferior public school. Like your parents, you raised your own kids in a nuclear intact family.
Democratic policies hurt blacks. Welfare causes fatherlessness. Unskilled illegals compete with unskilled blacks for jobs. Democrats oppose school choice. For votes, Democrats play the race card to keep blacks angry. It’s a scam!
The No. 1 problem in the black community is that 70% of black kids are born without the father married to their mom. Barack Obama said kids growing up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty, nine times more likely to drop out of school, and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. Blame government welfare.
“There’s no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families—which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood.”
—Barack Obama, Feb. 15, 2013
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“I know for a fact that had I had a father, I’d have some discipline, more confidence. Your mother cannot calm you down the way a man can. Can’t reassure you the way a man can. You need a man to teach you how to be a man.”
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“Don’t blame the system (for black incarceration). It starts at the home. It starts at home. It starts with how you raise your children. If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure.” —Denzel Washington, 2017
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Of the 1,000 people killed by cops each year, less than 4% are white cops shooting unarmed blacks. Half of all homicide victims are black, almost all killed by blacks. It isn’t poverty or “systemic racism.” During the Great Depression, black unemployment was 50%, with a much lower murder rate.
Speaking of “systemic racism,” Democrats want to increase the minimum wage to $15. Economist Milton Friedman called the minimum wage law “the most anti-Negro” law on the statute books.
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“There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about a robbery. Then (I) look around and see someone white and feel relieved.”—The Rev. Jesse Jackson, 1993.
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Of the approximately 1,000 people killed by police each year, most resisted with a weapon or resisted violently. Half are white. Less than 4% of the 1,000 involve a white cop and an unarmed black. More unarmed whites are killed by cops each year than unarmed blacks.
“White police officers were less likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot unarmed black suspects.… ‘An Empirical Analysis’ by (a black) Harvard economics professor [found] zero evidence of racial bias in police shootings. Note also that police officers face an 18.5 times greater chance of being killed by a black male than an unarmed black male has of being killed by a police officer.” —Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute, July 12, 2016.
In 2018, the FBI reported 748 interracial homicides between blacks and whites. Homicides committed by blacks (13% of the population) against whites: 514. Homicides committed by non-Hispanic whites (60% of the population) against blacks: 234.
In 2018, there were over 600,000 interracial violent victimizations (excluding homicide) between blacks and whites, with 90% committed by blacks against whites, and 10% by whites against blacks.
In 2018, blacks, at 13% of the population, committed 24% of “hate crimes.” Whites, at 60% of the population, committed 54% of hate crimes.
A 1997 CNN poll asked black teens if racism was a big, small or no problem in their own lives, and 89% said small or no problem. More black teens than white teens called “failure to take advantage of available opportunities” a bigger problem than racism.
Ice Cube is starting to get it. Hopefully, all this information helps him. Racism has never been a less important factor in success. For votes, Democratic politicians say otherwise to keep blacks angry. Mr. Cube, bring others to the light.
Larry Elder is an American libertarian talk radio host, author, and attorney who hosts “The Larry Elder Show.” He is also a columnist with Creators Syndicate. He can be reached via Instagram at instagram.com/larryeldershow/ and can be found on Twitter at @larryelder. See also www.LarryElder.com.