"To the extent that it is humanly possible, we have achieved the dream of Martin Luther King, where people are being evaluated by content of their character, and not color of their skin. Knock it off!" he said.
Elder said he doesn't claim that racism is nonexistent in America, but said Californians should focus on issues like crime, high cost of living, and income tax instead.
The US is undergoing a racial reckoning, after the murder of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. Officials have declared white supremacy America's top domestic terror threat. A series of data and research reports collected by Insider shows that Black Americans face racial disparities in employment, wealth, education, home ownership, healthcare, and incarceration.
In his closing remarks, Elder hinted at a future political career. "I have been a politician for all of seven or eight weeks. How am I doing?" he said to cheers.
With regard to his next steps, Elder told the crowd, "What happens after this all of this? As a former radio host, let me just say: Stay tuned!"