Not Satire: Los Angeles Times Column Calls Larry Elder “The Black Face of White Supremacy”

A column in the Los Angeles Times has called California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder “the black face of white supremacy.”

Yes, the Los Angeles Times, not The Onion or The Babylon Bee. The column was not filed under the “humor” section, either.

Erika D. Smith, a black columnist who covers “the diversity of places and people across California,” accused the conservative radio show host of “willful blindness” and using “cherry-picked facts to make overly simplistic arguments that whitewash the complex problems that come along with being Black in America.”

Not much else enrages her more, she claims.

Elder is running for governor of California as a Republican. Current governor Gavin Newsom is facing a recall election on September 14 for his ineptitude and America Last leadership. If the polls are correct, he could be in deep trouble and Elder could become the Sunshine State’s first Republican governor since Arnold Schwarzenegger. Black liberals like Smith are evidently horrified at the prospect.

“It’s not just that Elder would be a Trump fanboy Republican trying to run a state dominated by Democrats. Or that he has zero experience in elected office and clearly doesn’t have the temperament for governance. (He can’t even take questions from journalists without losing his cool.),” she writes. “It’s that—perhaps out of spite or perhaps out of an insatiable need for attention—Elder opposes every single public policy idea that’s supported by Black people to help Black people. This has been true for decades, but it’s particularly problematic given the racial reckoning following the murder of George Floyd.”

Smith expands on her claim throughout the rest of her column, which can be read here.