Los Angeles — Campaigned together on Monday, President Biden and Governor Gavin Newsom celebrated California, the country’s most diverse state, as a powerful example of multi-ethnic democracy.
On the other side of the aisle, racial and diversity issues are at the heart of the message sent to voters by Republican radio host Larry Elder, who is also a candidate for Newsom’s successor.
His message is that the United States has defeated racism long ago.
Elder’s choice to stop the campaign on Monday is intended to celebrate diversity in Monterey Park, a city in eastern Los Angeles County that is primarily Asian-American and has a significant number of Latinos. It was like. But a black elder also used the visit to argue that the institutional racism he called a “lie” no longer exists in the United States.
“No matter what language we speak, the colors we share, or the political stripes we brag about,” Betty Chu, the former mayor of Monterey Park, told elder supporters: “Or’decline to the state'” has long meant that the city connects people with anti-hatred. “
Chu’s success as a columnist and radio host, and the fact that he attended public school and became famous from south-central Los Angeles, is evidence that “skin color doesn’t hinder you.” I said there is.
The message resonates with many of Elder’s supporters, especially conservative white voters, who say they’re tired of hearing about systematic racism after last year’s social unrest after George Floyd’s murder. doing.
Elders supporter Stacey Harm, 47, who attended the rally on Monday, said she loves the variety of places she lives in, saying, “Just because we’re white, we too. It’s important. “
She continued. “I’m very tired of racism. Racism is over. I have no privileges. Please tell me.”
Elder often seeks to address racial issues and states that his policies benefit people of color.
On the issue of private and public education, he attacked Democrats like Mr. Newsam for sending children to private schools, while opposed to charter schools and other forms of private or semi-private education. Elder said such a move would leave public schools to fail their black and brown students.
“So what they fear is that Larry Elder from Hood, who attended public school, will break the hanging that the Democrats have on black and brown parents, especially the issue of school choice,” he said. On Monday I said at the rally.