Magazine article Insight on the News

The Ten Things You Can't Say in America

Magazine article Insight on the News

The Ten Things You Can't Say in America

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The Ten Things You Can't Say in America (St. Martin's Press, $23.95,352 pp).

Elder Stateman

Larry Elder has been an afternoon talk-show host with KABC radio in Los Angeles since 1994. Known as the "Sage from South Central," the 48-year-old libertarian has been an outspoken opponent of political correctness, never more so than in his new book, The Ten Things You Can't Say in America (St. Martin's Press, $23.95,352 pp). Insight spoke with Elder about his book and politics in America.

Insight: You've introduced a new concept in your book: the "viticrat" mentality?

Larry Elder: The viticrat mentality is somebody who blames all manner of problems on somebody else. Whether it's women blaming the glass ceiling for not getting promoted or blacks blaming racism for their inability to get promoted. It's a mentality that says, "It's not my fault. Somebody else stopped me."

Insight: What do you think of the term "African-American"?

LE: It's a condescending term. Jesse Jackson almost singlehandedly got America to use that expression. You don't call Mario Cuomo an Italian-American. Bill Clinton is of Irish descent. Is he an Irish-American? Black people can trace their roots back to the founding of this country and before. …

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