by Yvette Carnell
Sad thing is, Cain was never able. He has always been a strawman, and just as we always knew it, so did black conservatives. Yet and still, they mothered the distortive myth that Cain was a competent fellow who only drew ire from black Democrats because all black Democrats are “brainwashed”.
Conservative Ron Miller jumped on the “black Democrats are brainwashed” bandwagon when he tossed out the idea of giving a history quiz to every black child in America, the point of which, I guess, would be to reveal how black youngsters are brainwashed into adopting a liberal perspective. I’m all for youngsters of all colors sinking their teeth into history books as opposed to, say, Call of Duty or Skyrim, but you know what I fetishize even more? Political candidates who read. I’ll allow Miller to administer his quiz if I can craft a current affairs quiz of my own and administer it to Herman Cain. Read more…
by Yvette Carnell
The fix is in. The sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain, and his ever-evolving rebuttals, are the beginning of the end for our campaigning songbird. For those of us who’ve been playing close attention, the great unraveling of Cain’s campaign was only a matter of time. His skirting of tough political questions, imprecise 9-9-9 plan, and lack of professional campaign staff all sealed his doom. And, assuming Rick Perry’s come down from his high by now, he’s sure to take advantage of the way in which Cain is mucking things up.
But the bigger question is, how’d Cain catapult to the front of the line when many establishment Republicans –including Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer – were not so quietly warning that Cain wasn’t anywhere near ready to head up the Republican ticket? How did a man who’d never won elected office (he had run and lost) get the green light to mount a presidential bid? The answer: Race. Read more…
by Yvette Carnell
Einstein famously said that if you can’t explain something simply, then you don’t understand it. And right now, black folks are having a hard time explaining to me why Herman Cain is being caricatured as The Boondocks’ Uncle Ruckus whilst Obama is being heralded as the incarnation of MLK.
Every choice demonstrates a person’s values, and politicians are no exception to that. So it is perfectly reasonable for African Americans to question Cain’s bona fides using his proposed policies and past remarks as a measure. It is, by extension, also reasonable for African Americans to reach the conclusion that Cain’s opposition to social justice (“if you’re not rich, blame yourself”) and his refusal to acknowledge racism as a factor in American life (“I don’t believe racism today holds anybody back in a big way”) shoot stray of the African American ideal.
But what of Obama’s incongruences?
Being black in America translates in manifold ways, but for Cain and Obama, the import of American blackness translates similarly. Cain queues white adoration when he, appropriately I think, evokes the story of how his father worked three jobs until he could afford to work two, and two until he could afford to work one. But then Cain errs by misjudging his father’s experience as a demonstration of American colorblindness rather than calling it what it really was; an affirmation that hard work is a formidable tool for combatting institutionalized racism. Read more…
Your Black World reports
Cornel West from Princeton University had some choice words for Presidential candidate Herman Cain. After Cain said that racism no longer matters in this country, West appeared with Candy Crowley to say that Cain was dead wrong. In Cain’s words:
“I have seen blacks in middle management move up to top management in some of the biggest corporations in America,” the candidate explained. “They weren’t held back because of racism. No, people sometimes hold themselves back because they want to use racism as excuse for them not being able to achieve what they want to achieve.”
That’s when West chimed in on a later episode to suggest that Herman Cain is full of it.
“Well, black people have been working hard for decades,” West remarked. “I think he needs to get off the symbolic crack pipe and acknowledge that the evidence is overwhelming. And I think he also knows that if brother Anthony Davis — a brother who was just put to death — were a white Wall Street banker brother, that the response in the nation would have been very different as opposed to a poor black brother.” Read more…
by Dr. Boyce Watkins,Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action
This week, I spent some time on the radio in New York debating Karen Hunter from MSNBC about the legitimacy of the Presidential candidacy of Herman Cain. Cain has surged in the polls lately, making some wonder if he actually has a chance to win the Republican nomination for president. Read more…