Lars Larson: Jesse Jackson’s slur on Oregon & the U of O

Jesse Jackson came to Oregon this week at the invitation of the idiot Mayor of Portland who calls Jackson a Uniter.

Well, Jackson proved he’s not a Uniter, he’s a Divider. After defaming police officers and the City of Portland, he slurred the University of Oregon by saying 300 black students at the U of O mostly play ball and most of them don’t graduate.

That couldn’t be more distant from the truth. The truth is two-thirds of black students at the UofO graduate. That’s actually higher than the percentage of the entire student population. It’s more than 50% higher than the national average.

Jesse Jackson didn’t get his facts right. I think the University of Oregon ought to take issue with him, to say “how dare you slur our school when we do right by African-Americans and to have you tell the whole country that we do wrong”.

They should call him on it, but I bet you they won’t.

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  • Robert Sacks

    JJ is a fool and everyone knows it. No one should invite him anywhere. What a total fool!

  • eagle eye

    The statistics I can find aren’t as positive as Larson says, but he’s a lot closer to the mark than Jackson.

    Ironically, the U of O invited Jackson on campus as a speaker, probably at the behest of students, undoubtedly at great cost. (Along with a couple of other high-profile leftwing speakers; they almost never have anyone from the center or right speaking on social or political issues.)

    Google on and you’ll find the statistics.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Jackson makes his living off of dividing people. He is a poverty pimp so that by definition is what he does for a living. If there were unity, by whatever definition one cares to take, Jackson would be at a loss for groups to pit against each other raking in the money by supposedly brokering a peace.

    Jackson truly is one person this earth would have been better had it not born the burden of his existence. He is much less on the national stage than he once was and one can only hope that age has taken its toll on him. If it is indeed the case that age is slowing him down, we can only hope the time for final discharge of the effluent that is his presence comes with all due speed.

  • Jerry

    I was wondering why his mistress wasn’t invited, too.

  • r UO sp

    Lars would have more credibility advising the U of O what to do if he hadn’t abandoned Oregon to live in
    Washington.

    • Harry

      Credibility? Like you have credibility talking about UofO? Didn’t you also ‘retire’ from UofO, just like LL ‘retired’ from Oregon to live in Washington? Just as stupid a notion as your comment.

      Can’t you just admit that your comment was idiotic (you are not an idiot, just your comment is idiotic).

      Now, come back with a comment about the content of LL’s subject matter, instead of an idiotic ad hominem. Is the advice wrong? How so? As a former UofO prof, what better advice can YOU give the Univ.?

    • eagle eye

      From what I know, the prof didn’t ditch Oregon for zero income taxes after he retired. Right prof? Or Harry, are you saying that his retiring was tatamount to leaving Oregon? I don’t get your point, actually.

      It seems to me that someone who put in — decades? — as a professor, and recently retired but still does research at U of O, as I recall the doc saying — am I wrong? — has some standing to talk about UO. More than someone like Lars, who I believe dropped out after a year there. Oh, and who also left the state and doesn’t pay any taxes to support U of O.

      Anyhow, prof, what do you think about my comment above?

      • Brad Rydman

        “Oh, and who also left the state and doesn’t pay any taxes to support U of O. ”

        So one must pay taxes to “to support U of O” before one may have an opinion of U of O? Really? This isn’t a court of law where “standing” is required to discuss anything. But don’t let that stop you from trying to suck up to the former professor…..

        • eagle eye

          Well, I was responding to Harry who doesn’t seem to think the prof has much of a right to an opinion about UO. I think a hell of a lot more of his opinion than Lars Larson’s.

          Sure, LL has a right to an opinion. “They should call him on it” is OK but then he has to add “I bet you they won’t”. That sort of indicates he has a bug up his ass about UO. Again, that’s his right, but I’d take it more seriously if actually lived here and paid taxes.

          I might have opinions about the University of Washington or UC Berkeley, but I don’t go around telling them how to run their business, especially not with the snideness.

          Am I here to suck up to the prof? — in support of ?? Jesse Jackson? You might notice that I actually posted a comment more or less supporting UO and against Jesse Jackson.

          I just see UO, the prof, professors in general getting dumped on here, in the comments and elsewhere (like LL getting in a dig at UO even as he tries to seem to be defending it.) It makes me sick after a while.

          • Rupert in Springfield

            >Sure, LL has a right to an opinion. “They should call him on it” is OK but then he has to add “I bet you they won’t”. That sort of indicates he has a bug up his ass about UO.

            On what planet?

            Are you seriously saying that you think there is a snowballs chance in hell UO would call Jessie Jackson on what he said?

            If you do, then you have no concept whatsoever about the nature of UO.

            Saying they wont call Jessie hardly indicates he has a bug up his ass. It simply means Lars has a grasp of the obvious.

            >but I’d take it more seriously if actually lived here and paid taxes.

            And I think others would take you more seriously on tax matters if you had some grasp of the fact that where one lives is not the determining factor in where one pays taxes.

            You are aware that’s not the case right? Or is this news to you?

            Lars states pretty regularly on the show that he pays Oregon’s taxes, based on working here, even though he doesn’t live here.

            Ok, so you don’t even listen to the show, otherwise you would know that. But, Lars is a Republican, so of course you have to criticize him. If it also gives you a chance to suck up to a lefty professor, that’s a two fer for you.

            Frankly the only thing more predictable than UO’s behaviour in this matter is yours.

          • Harry

            “Well, I was responding to Harry who doesn’t seem to think the prof has much of a right to an opinion about UO. I think a hell of a lot more of his opinion than Lars Larson’s.”
            ===

            Did I say that? Hmmm, let’s look:

            “Lars would have more credibility advising the U of O what to do if he hadn’t abandoned Oregon to live in Washington. (from #5 r UO sp)
            (from Harry> “Credibility? Like you have credibility talking about UofO? Didn’t you also ‘retire’ from UofO, just like LL ‘retired’ from Oregon to live in Washington? *Just* *as* *stupid* *a* *notion* *as* *your* *comment.*”
            ===

            Let me translate that last sentence: “Hey, Prof, it is as stupid to say LL can’t comment about Oregon Universities b/c he left Oregon, as it is to say the Prof can’t comment on UofO since he left UofO.” Both are equally stupid. Bad logic. Just hating on LL, instead of replying to LL’s content.

            So eagle eye writes: “Well, I was responding to Harry who doesn’t seem to think the prof has much of a right to an opinion about UO.”

            Now, why would ee say Harry doesn’t think the prof has much of a right to an opinion, when that is exactly what Harry asked of the Prof?

            “Now, come back with a comment about the content of LL’s subject matter, instead of an idiotic ad hominem. Is the advice wrong? How so? As a former UofO prof, what better advice can YOU give the Univ.?”

            So, anyway, glad to see that the Prof did answer my question. And, of course he has a right to an opinion about UofO, just as anybody has a right to an opinion about anything. Sheeesh.

          • eagle eye

            Harry, I think the prof’s original point was pretty good — out of staters have less standing to tell our state institutions how they should conduct themselves.

            Your reply to the original post of the prof was so moronic that I don’t wish to continue this exchange. Sorry.

  • Brad Rydman

    “Sure, LL has a right to an opinion. “They should call him on it” is OK but then he has to add “I bet you they won’t”. That sort of indicates he has a bug up his ass about UO. Again, that’s his right, but I’d take it more seriously if actually lived here and paid taxes.”

    Why? What is it about paying taxes and living here that lends credibility to someone’s post? I suspect it’s more a personal bias against Larson than anything else, but I’m curious to hear your response….

  • Anonymous

    For the record,

    I emigrated TO Oregon. I worked here. Then I went to U of O. I graduated. I still live here. I still work here. I’ve been paying taxes here all this time. I used to listen to Lars. Now I don’t. All that said – he is right, and Jackson is a racist tool. And the last two statements I just made have no bearing whatsover on the rest of this post.

  • retired UO science prof

    What do I think UO should do? I don’t get paid to advise their communications/PR, but since someone asked:

    It depends on what it’s supposed to be in response to. I haven’t seen any news report of this “slur” against UO anywhere but here. If he said this in Eugene, it wasn’t reported in the local news, as far as I know.

    If it’s not an issue, UO would be very smart to ignore the non-news. UO has enough trouble with “student-athletes” of all races getting in the news lately because of alleged criminal behavior.

    If it becomes news, the information they have released in the past in relation to black academic performance is very good, as noted by eagle eye. They can just reiterate that. (Incidentally, this shows that UO has not been reluctant to challenge the allegations that blacks aren’t performing.)

    My opinion is that both JJ and LL are largely provocateurs, and out-of-staters at that, JJ more than LL on the latter. But experience has shown that it’s not smart to let carpetbaggers get you upset.

    • eagle eye

      Good point, unless it’s really a news story — is it, anyone? — why stir up trouble.

      • valley p

        “why stir up trouble. ”

        What other purpose do Lars and Catalyst serve?

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