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Stupid Black Men

How to Play the Race Card - and Lose
Narrated by: Larry Elder
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
4.5 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)

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Is life unfair for black Americans?

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

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Larry Elder is the MAN!!!

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.

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  • Phil
  • Hickory, NC, USA
  • 07-23-08

Excellent!

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.

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  • Chris
  • Healdsburg, CA, United States
  • 04-05-08

Four stars

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.

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New fan

Was a Democrat for many years because of my upbringing, but my views of my neighborhood and of my culture always had me second guessing everything. I never knew there were more people like me. Thank you for your words.

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Good book.

Great read. Larry always makes youl think. Does a good job of making his points rationally.

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perfect

Elders articulation of this issue is right on. A recommended read for all Races living in the United States

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Boldly Go Where ...?

Insightful and powerful at the same time. Very articulate inspiring father figure needed right now for young black men!

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great to hear the truth spoken occasionally. thank you Larry Elder, I am an even bigger fan now.

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Awesome!!!

You are a true hero to this white country boy! Keep speaking the truth!!! THANKS!!!

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Informative

Eye-opening and provides affirmation of views. Good to know I'm not the odd man out.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-18

Truly enlightening. Entertaining and educational.

Loved it. It's as entertaining as it is educational. The book leaves nowhere to hide for anyone looking to excuse their own poor performance on the shoulders of white men. Not content with laying blame, potential solutions are also explored. Larry Elder pulls no punches in this inspirational diatribe.

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  • Hank
  • 07-27-18

unfortunately very repetitious but ...

I'm a black guy and a fan of everything Larry Elder stands for and promotes. He is so right about personal responsibility, hard work, education, avoiding bad moral choices and staying positive no matter what the obstacles are. Hear hear !! However this book was very repetitious. After the first 4 chapters I started skipping to see if there was anything different he was saying...but no it was the same themes rehashed except with different examples e.g. repeated mentions of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, education, education and more education, welfare mentality and the race card/excuse etc etc ... ad nauseam. Totally agree with Larry Elder on all of it however to make his point, the book could have easily been halved. And maybe Larry himself is not the best person to narrate this book. One of Thomas Sowell's narrators with the smoother deeper baritone voice might have been a better choice in my humble opinion :) I think I'd much rather see Larry debate on YouTube or the networks where he's ruthless. Regardless though keep up the good work Larry.