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HORIST: Elizabeth Warren fuels the flames of racism

HORIST: Elizabeth Warren fuels the flames of racism

In a recent commencement speech at the predominantly black Morgan State University, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren – in an act of prodigious political pandering – told her young black audience that the system was “rigged against them.”

As a preamble to her racist (not racial) comments, Warren said, “I am not a person of color.”  Hmmmm.   Was she finally surrendering  her now farcical claim to have walked in the moccasins of Native Americans – a claim that served her and Harvard’s interest when she was promoted as a minority faculty member?  Of course not.

She went on to say:

“I haven’t lived your life or experienced anything like the subtle prejudice, or more overt harm, that you may have experienced just because of the color of your skin. Rules matter, and our government — not just individuals within the government, but the government itself — has systematically discriminated against black people in this country.”

As the liberal New York Times noted in their coverage of the speech, Warren was “reaching out” (pandering, I say) to the black community in an effort to gain political footing in the minority community for a 2020 presidential bid.

I refer to her comments as pathetic pandering because what she is telling the students is something she wants them to believe, and believes they will believe – even though it is mostly wrong.

Warren points the finger of racism at some ethereal “government” composed of any number of nameless “theys” who conspire to oppress black America.  It is classic political demagoguery.  Tell any group of people that they deserve more of anything – and that you will get it for them – and you will get a positive response.  It is the foundation of all political promises – and especially so in this age of divisive identity politics.  She uses her audiences own naivete and presumed racial biases as an anchorage for her toxic interpretations of American racism.

Warren’s message is typical radical anti-American liberalism.  She does not take the fight against specific racist policies, practices or persons, but against the totality of American governance.  The young black graduates would go out into the world fearing and hating the American government.

The Democratic Party has been successful at selling one of the greatest American flim-flams in American history – that they are the friends of the black community and the Party fighting against racism.

Of course, most Democrats will admit that their Party fought a war of secession that killed 620,000  Americans in an effort to preserve the evil institution of slavery.  Having failed in the courts, the legislature and on the field of battle, Democrats kept America a house divided by having the old Confederate states in Dixie to continue oppressing black America for another 100 years.

What is lost in today’s common knowledge – and purposely misrepresented by Democrats like Warren – is that the residual of their Party’s oppression of black America is overwhelmingly found in the major cities they have ruled over almost exclusively since the early 1900s.

When Warren tells students that the system is rigged against them by governmental institutional racism, she is pointing at the governance of the Democratic Party.  Failing to note that fact, she is participating in the grandest political deception in the history of America.

Even worse. Warren is promoting the Democrat’s false narrative of pandemic racism for partisan political advantage.  America is not a racist nation, as I have often pointed out – most notable in a commentary entitled “America ain’t racist.”  It is almost impossible to find institutional racism in the commons or the private sector.

There most certainly are people throughout the country who harbor racist sentiments of one sort or another, but for the most part, they are not empowered to impose their prejudices through any institution – private or public sector – with the exception of the urban Democrat political machines.

De facto segregation and institutional racism do appear in the governments of cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, where the political machines maintain impoverished neighborhoods … ghettoes … slums … where blacks suffer from deprivation of education, jobs, public services, quality housing and personal safety.  Where all the claims of voter suppression made by Democrats to be true – and they are not – they would pale in comparison to the negative impact on the black community by Democrat policies in any one of the cities they rule over.

This is more than evident not only in the grim factual statistics but in the iconic image demonstrations, protests, and riots against Democrat administration – borne out of desperation and frustration – that have characterized urban life for more than a century.  Why this happens under their watch is a question they refuse to answer with anything more than historically false claims of racial tolerance and beneficence.

Like so many liberals, Warren invests in sowing the seeds of racism within the black community.  Truth be told to the students of Morgan State, America is a land of unlimited opportunity for them.  The only barriers to achieving their dreams and ambitions are imaginary mental barriers that Warren plants in their minds.  As college graduates, they will not face a future of blacks trapped in the Democrat-run ghettoes.  The systems is not rigged against them, but is rigged for their brothers and sisters who have not – or could not – escape the segregated ghettoes created and maintained by those folks in city hall – and we all know who they are.  And so does Elizabeth Warren.  She is one of their enablers.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Billv

    The DemocRATS ring up racism every two year election cycle. Remember it was the Republicans that got atorright legislation through and you still had representatives and Senators years after still belonging to racists clubs. Your party even goes after blacks in the Republican party and they cannot belong I the black caucus. It is the DemocRAT Party that is the Party of RACISTS, incompentence, lying, clueless on how to solve any problems. And you are a great example trying to say you have native American heritage a big fat lie.

  2. Zeel

    She meant to say,, “I am not a person of color” but I played one at Harvard for a six-figure salary.”

    In other words, by pretending to be a woman of color, she scammed a university and at the same time displaced an actual woman of color. So she was among a very small subset of powerful people rigging the system AGAINST minorities. The laws respecting affirmative action rig the system FOR qualified minority group members and AGAINST equally and in many cases more qualified members of groups that rank lower on the “intersectional” value system established as part of “critical theory.”

    Racist demagogue.

  3. Bill DeMedicis

    It’s the democrats that’s doing the oppressing.

  4. John Noble

    When are we going to quit calling people like Elizabeth Warren “Liberals”. She and all the others who use Marxist tactics need to be called what they are, “Communist Revolutionaries”.

    The Democrat Party is a Communist organization which has a national propaganda machine including MSNBC, CBS, NBC, CNN, the NY Times, Washington Post, and most of the large city newspapers around the country. The Democrats work closely with Muslim Brotherhood domestic terrorist organizations such as CAIR which have now infiltrated the highest levels of our national security agencies. Add to that the fact that the U.S. government has been co-opting the introduction of Sharia compliance into every facet of our legal system so that now, Muslims are using “Lawfare” to persecute those who speak the truth about Islam. Isn’t it about time that we defined Islam for what it is, an international rape & plunder organization, a 1,400 year old foreign enemy which sneaks in under the false pretense that it is a peaceful religion when it is really a Trojan horse filled with its soldiers tasked with poisoning the wellspring of freedom with subjugation commanded by their false prophet, Muhammad? Look at what has happened in Wisconsin where the foolish people have elected Keith Ellison as their Attorney General, and where persecution of Christians and those who unmask Islam are taking place. Here is a recent example.
    TIL Project Falsely Accused of Hate Crimes:
    Radio Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

  5. Morna

    Elizabeth Warren is just telling it like it is, she is not fueling the flames of racism, Trump is the gasoline thrown on the fire. We have a long row to hoe to achieve racial equality and Elizabeth Warren can get us there.

    • Larry Horist

      You apparently missed my “American ain’t racist” commentary, so here it is.
      HORIST: America ain’t racist.
      Posted on Friday the 8th of September 2017, by Larry Horist : Feature Commentator

      America is NOT racist
      Upon reading the headline on my commentary today, the political left and no small portion of the minority community will be expressing an emphatic, “WHAT?” It runs counter to much conventional wisdom. Conventional wisdom is not always correct, however. Racism may have been more ingrained in the American culture in days of yore, but it has virtually vanished in terms of any day-to-day impact for the vast majority of Americans of all backgrounds.
      But wait! I did not say that the residual of centuries of racism does not exist. It is not totally eradicated, for sure. The remnants of institutional racism do exist, and it is a serious problem. We might look at racism like we see bank robbery. Bank robbery occurs in America, but it does not make us a nation of bank robbers.
      Of course, just the belief in pandemic racism impacts us politically, socially and culturally. Widely held misconceptions have the same influence on our actions as do actual facts. But, to complete our journey to the post racial society dreamt of by Martin Luther King we must understand the true nature and scope of racism. Yes, we do need that much called for “dialogue on race.” But, it must be more than “White people are racists and what can we do about it?” I see three forms of racism in America – personal racism, counter racism racism and institutional racism.
      Personal racism is the feeling a person holds in their heart. This can range from a virulent belief in white superiority to a more apathetic discomfort about people who are different. Personal racism is not the most serious form unless it manifests itself in racist actions – from violence in the streets to not hiring a minority person. Today, we have laws to address that. Personal racism has ebbed and will continue to ebb through education, assimilation, the rise of new generations AND the defeat of the remnants of institutional racism.
      Despite the political rhetoric, personal racism is very rare. To make the point, allow me to lift a passage from my hopefully soon-to-be-published book on racism in America.
      “If we take a fresh look at America, we might just discover that we are not a nation of racists after all, but rather the victims of racial baiting by politicians and the mainstream media. We should keep in mind that billions of times every day … yes, billions … black and white Americans smile and nod to each other as we pass on the streets. We serve each other in restaurants and stores. We work side-by-side in factories and offices. We do favors for each other. We come to each other’s aid. We cheer alongside each other on both sides of every sports arena. We play on the same teams. We chat on social media. We die alongside each other in battle. We become lifelong friends. We adopt each other. We fall in love and marry each other. We laugh together at the same movies and we weep together at shared tragedies.”
      Again, that is billions of time every day, and we see this every day all around us. There was that news report about a black police officer who was killed coming to the aid of a white comrade who was also killed. There was a recent report of an emotional reunion between a white citizen who saved the life of a black mother and her twin daughters during Hurricane Katrina. Such reports are not rare or exceptional. They are ubiquitous. For every act of racial violence or hostility, there are innumerable acts of kindness and assistance – every day.
      My life was impacted by such a simple kindness. I again draw upon my manuscript.
      “One of my early after school jobs was to retrieve shopping carts from the parking lot of the local Jewel Food Store. One dark snowy winter evening, I noticed a woman on the far end of the parking lot struggling with three large brown paper bags of groceries. I assumed she was carrying them because of the difficulty of pushing the shopping cart through the deepening snow. I then observed a middle age black woman rushing toward her. I expected the worst. Was she going to attack the white woman? Was she going to steal the groceries? Was she a purse snatcher? Instead, the black woman helped hold two of the stuffed grocery bags as the white woman dug around in her purse for the trunk key. After depositing the bags in the trunk and slamming down the lid, I could see how thankful and appreciate the white woman was and how dismissive was the black woman of what appeared to be thankful compliments.
      Suddenly my belief in the permanent hostility between whites and blacks was seriously challenged. The black woman’s kindness had opened a new gateway of thinking about race relations. I have often thought about that black woman and how she would never know how she guided my thinking and the course of my life. Almost 60 years later, the image of that good deed remains vivid in my mind. “
      In times of tragedy, and Hurricane Harvey is just the latest example, we hear the press and politicians talking about how people come together, “putting aside their differences.” They express this as some sort of exception from what they infer to be more normal times. These interracial acts of cooperation, however, are not the exception. They are inherent in the diverse American culture. It is there all the time. We supposedly “come together” because we are never that far apart. Yes, we come from different backgrounds and have different opinions, but we largely embrace the American culture of e pluribus unum. We are by far good people.
      The second form of racism is reactive. It is fashionable among the academic community to proffer the argument that minority individuals cannot be racist. Calling out black racism is often described as racist. This is a one-sided absurdity that defies all logic, common sense and fairness. Of course, there are racist black people on the fringe of the greater community. When I hear any black person say that all whites are racist, I hear the voice of racism. It is as ignorant a statement as saying that all black people are lazy, all Italians are Mafia and all Scotts are parsimonious. Once you cast an entire group with a common negative trait, you are speaking from an “ism” of one form or another. Such stereotyping is the currency of race baiters from David Duke to Al Sharpton.
      Like personal white racism, personal black racism needs to be addressed by education, assimilation, the rise of new generations AND the defeat of institutional racism. And like white racism, it is only virulent if it generates violence or prejudicial actions.
      The last and most serious form of racism is institutional racism. In the first 175 years of our republic, during the eras of slavery and southern Democrat segregation, de jure racism was codified in our culture by national and local laws. Alongside the de jure racism of the south, however, America saw the development of de facto racism in our major cities – and it is found there to this day. Because it was not based on the law, it was able to survive every measure of civil rights progress since the Civil War – including constitutional amendments, laws, court orders and popular movements. It did not endure on its own merits or even due to a foundation of grassroots racism. It endured because it was and is beneficial to both black and white politicians who draw their power, prestige and profit from it. In many ways, urban racism is the last vestige of America’s emergence from the pandemic institutional racism of our national inception.
      It also brings us face-to-face with the real source of racism in America today. The false narrative of pandemic cultural racism is really a political smoke screen to conceal the people who protect and carry out institutional racism. As was de jure racism in the past, de facto racism — waning as it may be — is the operational characteristic of the Democratic Party. Because of the power of these city political machines, urban de facto racism is tolerated at all levels of the Party structure in the same way that the national Democratic Party tolerated southern segregation for so many years.
      It is the reason that virtually all the anger and frustration that boils over in minority communities in the form of demonstrations and riots is experienced in cities long controlled by the Democratic Party. In fact, it is almost impossible to find minority uprisings in communities governed by Republicans.
      These iconic urban segregated communities have many of the same features of slavery and southern segregation. They are segregated pockets of impoverishment were citizens are denied their basic constitutional rights of education, equal justice under the law, access to career level jobs (and too often no jobs at all), social mobility, decent housing, personal safety and a well maintained infrastructure.
      This de facto racism permeates every department of city government. It is seen in failure to enforce building and safety codes against crony slumlords who illegally subdivide unsafe tenements. It is seen in the crumbling parks and infrastructure. It is seen in the unending depression level unemployment. It is seen on the bloody streets of the inner city. It is seen in the segregated school systems which provide separate and unequal education that is the foundation of the inner city’s racially imposed poverty. In a very real sense, the inalienable and constitutional civil rights articulated above have been supplanted by the singular faux civil right of generational welfare dependency.
      Urban institutional racism is not just the product of an all-white power structure. It can be found among black public officials who are cronies or benefactors of the system – also drawing from it their own power, prestige and profit. That is why cities such as Baltimore, with a long history of black leadership, suffer the same racial and economic segregation and oppression as the ghettoes of Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. It is not a far stretch to compare many of the black leaders to the house slaves or the black slave owners of the early 1800s – gaming the racist system for personal advantage.
      It is difficult to imagine more widely held and pernicious false narratives as the assertion of pandemic American racism and Democratic Party civil rights advocacy. If we are to have a serious and meaningful dialogue on race – and we most certainly should — it is essential that we understand what it is, where it comes from AND who is responsible. To do that, we must look outside the box of false narratives for a much broader dialogue of discovery.
      As a concerned citizen and a prominent civic leader, Larry Horist has investigated virtually all facets of urban racism. He has personally investigated ghetto housing, police brutality, criminal justice, inner city unemployment, black economic development and the failure of the public education system that serves the urban minority communities. In all his business, political and civic endeavors, he has opened leadership opportunities for minorities – often for the first time. He has seen both the fiction and reality of racism as the father of a black daughter for more than 40 years. He understands that pain of many black families, having lost a black Marine grandson in Afghanistan. His work has earned him a number of honors and awards from minority groups. His soon to be published book is a testament to his lifelong passion for equality and equal opportunity.
      Editor’s note: Having traveled to more than 30 different countries, my personal experience is that the United States is the least racist country in the world, with the possible exception of Canada. My travels have included Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe. The difference is that America has free speech and a robust political discourse. We air our dirty laund

    • angelo

      You cant be that stupid, your’e putting us on,right?

    • watchman

      You my friend are as deceived as the rest of the liberal party. You guys never look at facts, only hearsay and what some one else tells you.

  6. angelo babbo

    I like Italian food, thats my CHOICE, okay? I dont hate other ethnic foods i just prefer Italian, capice?

  7. Case mueller

    It is always interesting to see how,when you point out how racist White America is,it is you that gets called a racist for noticing White American Racism against Africans. After all, it is not like Africans are chaining Whites to bumpers of pick up trucks and dragging them down the street until their heads pop off their bodies.

  8. Case mueller

    Racism will continue until Christianity, Judaism,And Mornonism, are banned. Those are the three most Racist Evil cults on planet Earth. Furthermore Racism will continue until there an effective regime of anti Racist law that is fully enforced, so as to stop Whites, Jews,and Italians from getting away with their Racist activities.


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