When is a Black Person Not Really “Black?”


Over the last several week a new front-runner, supported by this blog, as taken the center stage in the fight Republican nomination to run for President:  Herman Cain.  During the past weeks he has won straw poll after straw poll in different states and by different groups of conservative voters.  He has been on countless news programs and interviewed on many news programs.  He has stolen the spotlight away from the media picked frontrunners.  He has done this the same way he has done everything in his life, through hard work and dedication.

The problem with this candidacy is the people in the media and Hollywood trying to undermine this man for everything he has accomplished by using the most vile tactics and race baiting not seen since Barack Obama ran for office in 2008.  Here are some of the things said about Herman Cain.

Henry Belafonte:  “Well, you know, it’s very hard to comment on somebody who is so denied intelligence and certainly someone who is as denied a view of history such as he reveals. He knows very little, because he happened to have had good fortune, because he happened to have had a moment when he broke through – the moment someone blinked – does not make him the authority on the plight of people of color.”

Mr. Belafonte does nothing to back up his opinion with facts.  The fact of the matter is Mr. Cain did not necessarily have good fortune.  In comparison to our current President, he grew up poor with a family where both parents worked, usually multiple jobs.  To deny that he made to the top on anything but his own merits, because “someone blinked” is akin to say he did not deserve the authority he was given over and over by multiple companies.

Rev. Al Sharpton:  “He’s not Clarence Thomas, he’s not Alan Keyes, he’s not the stereotypical sellout black person who is pandering to white people. This man is married to a black woman, raising black kids and his mind is authentically black”

Tell us Mr. Sharpton what makes a person authentically black?  The people of America want to know.  Why would Herman Cain go to the black community for support?  He knows and admits that over the last 50 years blacks were to trust one political party, that historically have done more to hurt the “black community” than any other group of people in our history  It’s no secret that the Republican party has more white voters in its organization than the Democrats.  Also, why would he try to appeal to people who realistically not be allowed to vote for him during the primaries, since more blacks are not registered members of the Republican Party?

Lawrence O’Donnel:  “Mr. Cain, in fact you were in college from 1963 to 1967, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, exactly when the most important demonstrations and protests were going on. You could easily, as a student at Morehouse [College]…actively participated in the kinds of protests that got African-Americans  the rights they enjoy today. You watched from that perspective at Morehouse when you were not participating in those processes…black college students form around the country and white college students from around the country come to the South and be murdered fighting for the right of African-Americans. Do you regret sitting on those sidelines at that time?”

Why his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement matter?  There were hundreds if not millions of black American who were not actively involved in the movement who were a live at the time.  Are they any less black because they were not involved?  Does being black instantly mean unquestionable involvement in every action your group of people?

Jeneane Garofalo:  “Herman Cain is…is…is…a…is probably well-liked by some of the Republicans, because it hides the racist elements of the Republican Party, conservative movement and Tea Party movement — one in the same… Herman Cain provides this great opportunity so that you can say ‘look this is not a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement…look we have a black man over here! Look, he’s polling well and he won a straw poll over here.”

“[He’s] in this presidential race because he deflects the racism that is inherit in the Republican party, the conservative movement, the Tea Party certainly. [In] the last 30 years the Republican party has been moving more and more to the right, but also race-baiting more. Gay-baiting more. Religion-baiting more. But, Herman Cain, I feel like, is being paid by somebody to be involved and to run for president so that you go like ‘I love that, that can’t be racist. He’s a black guy, a black guy asking for Obama being impeached.‘ Or ’it’s a black guy whose anti-Muslim. It’s a black guy who is a Tea Party guy.’ “

These comments again totally disparage the effort and the choice of Herman Cain to take on the challenge of fighting for a party nomination and the office of President.  She makes it seem like the only reason he did it was because he wanted to deflect the “racism” of the Republican party.  The fact that he polling well against all those rich white men proves that the racism of the Republican is nonexistent and work of fiction.

And there are more examples.  George Lopez and Shelia Jackson Lee called him an “Oreo” and a “race-traitor.”  The Congressional Black Caucus at the most recent meeting hurled racial slurs at Cain and Representative Alan West.  And why?  Why are all these hateful and slanderous things said about a black man who made it in America?  He turned around several business, including Godfather’s Pizza.  He has willingly put himself into a contentious and difficult place in trying to win the Republican Party’s nomination for President.  A man who has taken himself from a second or third tier candidate to running with the big boys and girls.  This is an accomplishment worth of praise by anyone, of any party, and of any race.

To answer today’s headline, “When is a Black person not really “black?”  To the people on the left, it would be when they support conservative values and supports a political party based on the idea of freeing black slaves.  A black person is not black when they are judged by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin.  A black person is not a black person when they don’t make excuses for their plight in life and take responsibility for who and what they become.  A black person is not a black person when they choose for themselves what to believe, instead of following the group.

Herman Cain is a black man and I proud to say I would vote for him for President of the United States.  If that makes me a racist then so be it, it’s not like I haven’t been called it before.  Four years ago American’s were called racist if they did not vote for Barack Obama.  That line will likely be touted again if you vote for Herman Cain.  Which is it Hollywood and mainstream media?  Tell us because the American people would like this cleared up before the inauguration of the second black elected to the office President of the United States.   You, the media, who made these accusations of racism against those criticizing the policies and politics of our first black president, what will be your response when we call you racists for criticizing the polices of future president Herman Cain?

Questions?  Comments?  Concerns?  Class dismissed!

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