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Left: Blacks are not brainwashed (except for Herman Cain)

posted at 3:26 pm on October 15, 2011 by

When GOP hopeful Herman Cain told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he believes black Americans “have been brainwashed into not being open-minded,” the anger on the left was palpable, especially among blacks.

One writer at the Atlanta Post, which describes itself as “the #1 news source for African-American business news and African-American politics,” listed Cain’s brainwashing remark as the #1 offense in a compendium of the candidate’s “seven most outrageous statements.” Talk show host Tavis Smiley was not merely incensed but incredulous, asking, “How does he get away with saying this to black folk?”And David Bositis, senior political analyst at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, an organization dedicated to improving the socioeconomic status of blacks, is quoted by The Christian Post as saying:

[Cain] is not somebody that is knowledgeable about African-Americans as a whole. He’s an individual.

It could be argued that David Bositis is also an individual, who therefore has no greater claim than Herman Cain to knowing “about African-Americans as a whole,” but I digress. In the two weeks since Cain made his incendiary remark, his poll numbers have climbed. While no one on the left has yet imputed a cause-and-effect relationship (although I suspect that claim will be made sooner rather than later if Cain’s star continues to rise), the candidate has become a hot topic among liberal talkers.

One of them is Goldie Taylor, who writes for another black news website, The Grio. Appearing on Martin Bashir’s show on MSNBC, Taylor expressed her opinion that if

[Herman Cain] could shed his ethnicity today, if he could become what I call the color of water, he would do it. He would do it in an effort to prove that he and people just like him could fit in anywhere and have the same level of success no matter what their race, gender, or ethnicity happened to be. [Video here.]

The comment is interesting for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is Taylor’s implication that “people like” Cain—by which I presume she means people of color—can’t enjoy “the same level of success” as the former Godfather Pizza CEO. She must not have been paying attention when the president said at a fundraiser on Tuesday:

What’s great about this country is you’ve got a good idea, you’ve got a service that nobody else has thought of, you know what, go out there, start a business. Make money…. Anybody in America should be able to make it if they try.

But the most intriguing aspect of Taylor’s analysis is the implication that Cain is not comfortable in his skin—that he would shed if he could. She further states that “the base that he [Cain] believes he is after is a right-wing, ultra-conservative base that does not want to either see racism as a dilemma or see it as a way—or see it as an attack on them.”

In short, Cain has been brainwashed into accepting a pernicious right-wing narrative. I’m waiting for Tavis Smiley and the others to express their righteous indignation that another black man has been accused of having been brainwashed.

In reality, though, it isn’t Cain’s skin color that is the source of his self-delusion. That, rather, is something he shares in common with all conservatives. As I wrote here, liberals generally see themselves as the lone “intellectuals” in the room. As for conservatives? The prevailing view of them is best summed up in the words of the left’s most cerebral living thinker, who said “they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”

It is for this reason that conservatives will never support, let alone become enthusiastic, about a black candidate. Oh, wait.

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Black is a political designation, not a racial one. It is the perfect example of the Left’s ability to corrupt and co-opt language.

You will be sucked into useless word games forever if you don’t realize that “Black” doesn’t mean race.

CrazyGene on October 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Black is a political designation, not a racial one. It is the perfect example of the Left’s ability to corrupt and co-opt language.

You will be sucked into useless word games forever if you don’t realize that “Black” doesn’t mean race.

CrazyGene on October 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

I am going to have to disagree. African American is the political designation. Black is the racial/cultural designation. Black folk, black people etc refers to Americans Blacks. If Obama loses to Cain in the general all of a sudden the term will be defined less losely to not include someone that has a single African parent without any American Black in them.

Theworldisnotenough on October 15, 2011 at 6:32 PM

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