Is racial equality the answer to every question of public policy?
Is a huge group of citizens kept down by "the man"?
Radio host and best-selling author Larry Elder has made a career out of being a thorn in the side of the conventional-wisdom crowd. He deflates the pompous and points out the completely logical truths hidden behind the nutty rhetoric and out-of-control pandering of politicians and the so-called leaders of a variety of special-interest groups.
In Stupid Black Men, he takes on the mind-set of those people who always capture the most media attention - as well as masses of public money - people who say that racism is the root of all problems and who end up hurting precisely those they claim to be helping.
Whether they are demagogues like Al Sharpton, established politicians like Hilary Clinton, or entertainers like Danny Glover, no one escapes Elder's cogent arguments and rapier wit. His sometimes hilarious and always infuriating examples of wrong-headedness skewer not just politicians for their smugness and hypocrisy but also actors, educators, religious leaders, and the "main-scream media" for keeping the story in the headlines. But Elder has a positive message, too: though they are fewer - and generally not as loudmouthed - there are leaders and role models today who want to sweep away race-based whining and urge everyone in America to share in the hard work, smart thinking, and optimism that make this country great.
©2008 Larry Elder; (P)2008 Phoenix Audio
I LOVE Larry Elder. He is a breath of fresh air in politics today. He pulls no punches and does not suffer fools at all. You will be glad you picked this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed Larry's presentation. I thought it was dead on accurate. If a "person" works hard at achieving his goals and dreams, it doesn't matter what neighborhood he/she grew up in. The American Dream is still very real and attainable. Thank you Larry for putting the points so eloquently and clearly.
Larry Elder is one of my favorite radio hosts. Much of this book is taken from segments of his show and he has a great knack for identifying hypocracy and illogical thinking. I applaud his courage in "telling it like it is" despite the opposition he gets from his detractors. Larry narrates the book and sounds as if he's reading it most of the time - he's much better when he just speaks off the cuff. All in all, an informative and entertaining read.
For every great point that Mr. Elder makes regarding the exploitation and the lack of self responsibility that occurs within the black community he loses his way when he starts his self righteous promotion of the republican party agenda and the opinion that anything contrary to that agenda is flat out wrong.
The written word is probably better. Larry Elder's voice is grating. The content seems OK, but I couldn't finish the work. The book contains too much hypocrisy to justify the authors thesis. While hypocrisy is a good way to illustrate the warped view of the left, it doesn't justify the position on the right. I listened to this book to get some good conservative arguments and was left feeling unfed.
This book isn't for the faint of heart or for those who want to remain being the "Victim". Larry tells it like it is, but he could use a little more tact and sensitivity to allow folks to come along at their own pace. I'm an African - American male and I couldn't agree more with what he says, I just have an issue with how he says it.
This book is just plain not good. This is not even from a idealogical point of view. It is just mixed thoughts with little clear vision. I would not recommend it to anyone.
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