President Donald Trump has appointed conservative author, pundit and talk show host Larry Elder to a key position in his Administration.
Elder, who has long maintained that the absence of fathers poses a bigger threat to Black communities than racism, will serve on the president’s Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys.
“That so many children, particularly black children, are raised without fathers in the home, is our nation’s most pressing domestic problem. Former President Barack Obama said that a child raised without a father in the home is five times more likely to be poor and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of school and twenty times more likely to end up in jail.”
Elder adds: “We need to ask ourselves if we are incentivizing women to marry the government and if we are incentivizing men to abandon their financial and moral responsibility.”
Elder was selected for the post while promoting, Uncle Tom, the documentary he executive produced and appears in about Black conservative. Released this summer, it was the No. 1 documentary on iTunes.
“I’m very honored and flattered that I was contacted some time ago to do this,” Elder told the audience that tunes in weekdays to his syndicated talk show on the Salem Radio Network. “I hope to focus on the fact that 70 percent of kids raised without fathers is by far the number one problem facing the black community, not this business about institutional racism…systemic racism nonsense that the media and these so-called activists have people focused on to the exclusion of what the big problem is.
“It’s not just a black problem, it’s an American problem,” Elder continued. “Fifty percent of Hispanic kids are raised without fathers. 25 percent of white kids are raised without fathers. It is the number one problem facing this country and frankly, neither party is talking about it not until this administration set up this commission to do something about it. I mentioned Obama, but also Tupac Shakur. He said in that documentary called “Resurrection”, ‘Had I had a father I would have been more disciplined, I would have had more confidence.”
“These are two people that the left loved—Tupac and Obama—and they’re both saying that not having fathers in the home is a serious problem.”
Signed into law in August, the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act — introduced by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson—establishes a 19-member commission that will examine the societal disparities that disproportionately affect Black males in America.
“I am overjoyed that this historic bill, which I have introduced each year during my tenure in Congress, is now a law. The fact that it was passed by both chambers of Congress and signed into law by the president is a testament to the urgency of the need to examine and address the egregious treatment that Black men and boys in our nation have endured for generations,” said Congresswoman Wilson. “It is the most important piece of civil rights legislation that Congress has passed since the Voting Rights Act. In addition, it is the first bill passed in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and the nationwide protests sparked by that tragedy.”