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Herman Cain, A Perfect Racist…

October 11, 2011 by  
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( 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.

Herman Cain continued on his trail of silly statements this week by saying that racism is not a factor in economic inequality in America. The candidate argues that educational and geographic differences account for disparities in wealth levels and unemployment. The statement is curious, because these words serve as further evidence that Cain never studied structural inequality in school.  Also, to continue Cain’s argument, inequality exists because black people are either naturally, culturally or strategically inferior to whites, which  is the convenient explanation taught to us in White Supremacy 101.
While I won’t go into all the reasons that Herman Cain is wrong in his statements on racism, the truth is that Herman Cain seems to be building his campaign by making one eye brow raising statement after another. In fact, he has become the shock jock of the Republican Party.
Being a shock jock is great for the radio and selling books, but it’s not the stuff that makes one into a serious Commander-in-Chief. Even within the Republican ranks, Herman Cain’s candidacy merely deflects attention away from the flaws of more serious contenders, like Rick Perry’s love for the Confederate flag and all the other things that make Republicans just so darn interesting. But when the dust settles and the smoke clears, Republican leadership will ask Cain to walk off the track in the same way the pace setter is removed after the first two laps of a big Olympic race.
Herman Cain has also made a career of hurling insults at black people that no white man could ever get away with. His words have not been measured or diplomatic enough to garner broad-based support, and are about as sloppy and ignorant as a man killing a fly with a shotgun. Most of his comments are not the kinds of things he could say about other ethnic groups; if he were to say that all Jews were brainwashed (as he said about African Americans), he’d be off the stage before finishing his sentence.
Herman Cain has become, in many ways, the perfect racist. America lives under the interesting premise that a racist can’t be black. That’s like believing that a man can’t hate his sibling, or that a woman can’t advocate for a man to beat his wife (as Whoopi did to Oprah in “The Color Purple”). The truth is that racism is typically most effective when you put a black face on it, and Herman Cain has volunteered to become the cute little political puppet which allows white America to say the things that they are afraid to say.
It is their ability to put Herman Cain out front to absorb the criticism for racist remarks that makes millions of Right Wing Americans so happy about his racial politics. Herman Cain validates and brings security to a set of ideas that are generally unacceptable to those who understand America’s ugly racial history. In this regard, Herman Cain is a breath of fresh air because he is the only Republican who doesn’t change the subject when the issue of race is brought to the table.
As an older black man, Herman Cain certainly understood the challenges of Jim Crow. But Cain was also able to evade Jim Crow by willfully standing to the side in the fight for Civil Rights (yes, he has admitted that he avoided the Civil Rights struggle). So, Herman Cain cannot, in any way, connect his contributions to the black community, nor his readily marketed ethnic legitimacy to that of his fellow Morehouse graduate, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While he might have validity among those who gladly accept the rewards that come from the sacrifices of others, Herman Cain cannot profess to have been willing to make necessary socio-political sacrifices himself. He stands on the backs of the brave, yet joins forces with the descendants of their historical oppressors.
Instead of marching for progress, Herman Cain learned long ago that making whites feel comfortable was a powerful and simple key to success. He seems to think that black folks who are unwilling to give in to structurally oppresive forces are somehow making things worse for themselves by not standing and applauding the grace of whites who’ve decided to no longer hang our relatives in the middle of the night. No different from the way he ducked and hid from those who marched with Dr. King in the 1960s, Herman Cain is ducking and hiding from doing the right thing today.
So, not only is Herman Cain a political gimmick, he is also a coward.  That is just a couple of the many reasons that Herman Cain can never be President of the United States of America.
Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins
Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition. For more information, please visit


15 Responses to “Herman Cain, A Perfect Racist…”
  1. Staff says:

    Wrong, and no one has every posted a comment like that… You seem to be stereotyping blacks… Not cool in my book… This blog is for anyone, and if you took the time to read over a few articles – one would notice alot of our visitors happen to be white…


  2. KenTheSailor says:

    It’s pretty obvious that I am not your target reader. You do not want educated responses to your articles but instead prefer responses such as “Right On Brother!” and “You go Sista!”. Now, before you start accusing me of stereoptyping, take a look at your “Sista Talk” and “Brothers Corner” section titles. Seems to me you want to keep people in mental slavery and any success you have is a step backward in race relations.

  3. Staff says:

    You seem to know what’s best for black people? We are here to uplift all… I don’t see any racist articles floating around…


  4. Transparent says:

    Dr. Watkins,

    Racism will cease to exist only when websites such as this cease to exist. How about going to Come on. When a black doesn’t act like the majority of blacks who are looking for a handout and special treatment because they are black you call him a racist. It is people like you who make blacks BELIEVE they need to remain where they are, continuing to play the former slave and race card. When the color of someone’s skin is no longer mentioned in articles and websites racism can BEGIN to fade away.

    This website PROMOTES racism. Sad. I would have thought a PhD would have taught you some things.

  5. Staff says:

    Well KenTheSailor there are plenty of white sites out there; CNN, ABC, NBC, and the list goes on…


  6. KenTheSailor says:

    I am an American first and foremost. I am a white man after that. Herman Cain is an American first and foremost as well. How about YOU Dr Watkins? How do you prioritize yourself? Do you care more about the color of your skin or your country first. Yes, racism does exist. It is not as bad as it was 50 years, 25 years or even 5 years ago but no matter how much ground we cover to eradicate it, the journey will not end until the Melting Pot Sponge we call America fully absorbs us and we all look Filipino. Unfortunately, it is human nature to set ourselves apart from those who are different in some way and try to be superior because of it. You claim that we might be surprised that black people can be racist. No, we are not. There are black people who are just as racist towards people not the same color as them and there are people who are racist against them. Your website is a good example. Suppose a website openly existed that was only geared towards white people and touted and flaunted that fact. I would call that website racist, as would you, correctly in fact. But the difference between you and I is that I am not a hypocrite. Your website is just as racist as the one I described. Stop trying to “brainwash” people about the most promising presidential candidate we have had in the last 12 years. Present the facts fairly and let your readers decide for themselves. I believe that Herman Cain can fix what is wrong with America. President Obama apparently can not.

  7. Justaguy says:

    It isn’t a racial issue. It’s an issue of education, it’s not hyper complex, it’s enviornment, dummy.

    And here you reach escape velocity on reality…

    “Herman Cain’s arguement is… that inequality exists because black people are either naturally, culturally or strategically inferior to whites, which is the convenient explanation taught to us in White Supremacy 101.”

    Well that’s just an amazing leap, to put those words in his mouth, and quite incredibly racist to boot.

    Why not just change the headline from “Herman Cain, Racist” to “Herman Cain, White Supremacist” so people have an even better idea of how bias and inflamatory your article really is.

    Oh and ‘got a break’? did he? I think he busted his @ss his entire life to EARN what he has, in spite of all the challenges he faced.

  8. anonoped says:

    Why does Cain gain popularity when he wants to raise taxes?

    9% payroll tax = 2% more than you’re paying.
    9% VAT tax on all sales on top of any state sales tax. So here in Texas that would be 17.5% tax on all items. Including food.

    Cain is not getting anywhere near my vote.

  9. Patsy says:

    Dr. Watkins, thanks for enlighten us. Continue to be bold and daring! Cain is a sell out and an uncle Tom!

  10. Ron Wagner says:

    Herman Cain is not a racist at all. An honest look at his detractors show that they are the haters. They hate Herman Cain because he does not belong to the elite progressive group that they do. Haters come in all races and groups. Progressives do not stand for anyone who challenges their “group think” mentality. They have a “hive” mind. Their enemy is the “other.” The other is anyone who disagrees with them.

  11. CannonRay says:

    Dr. Watkins wants folks to be dependent upon government and the policies that have decimated the black community. Indeed, her ideology imprisons millions with the idea that those whom your taught to despise will take care of you. As businesses abandon the inner cities and return contempt with indifference, she leaves her community with nothing of value and few options but deeper dependence. The idea of adding value is foreign to her. Thus, when her indoctrinated followers add no value to others, hold up dependence as an ideal and demonize those whom pay their way — what’s the result? Not prosperity. Not a better future. Certainly, not jobs. Instead, what her ideology creates is a people further marginalized and incapable of helping themselves. A weaker people is the result.

  12. LL says:

    I am an older man and probably had the same education that Mr. Cain had.
    Well, we did not have classes on structural inequality or white supremacy 101. Perhaps they are being taught these things now in schools and Universities. That would explain some of Dr. Watkins’ distorted viewpoint.

    The Dr. further states,”While I won’t go into all the reasons that Herman Cain is wrong…”; but then spent the next six paragraphs attacking him without basis. Truly sad.

    As is the case with folks like Dr. Watkins, the word cloud is always the same. Here are some I picked out from the Dr.s article.

    silly statements
    confederate flag
    white America
    right wing
    Jim Crow

    Herman Cain is a man I can look up to, his race is no factor at all.

  13. Texaggie79 says:


    It is ignorance such as yours that is the cause of the misplaced outrage so many have nowadays. Wealth is not a fixed number. Saying that “creedy rich want it all” shows how little you know about economics. Wealth is created by anyone that provides a good or service. There is no way to monopolize all the wealth, because we can all provide goods and services and create more. Herman Cain understands this fully and is trying to educate the unfortunate people of this nation that were never taught such simplistic concepts. Race has nothing to do with anything, and the race card players such as the author of this site are desperate to not let that be known, otherwise they are out of a job as a race card player.

  14. zwimb says:

    What’s college got to do with making it in America. That’s why the 99ers are occupying wallstreet. It a case where most of us worked hard, did all the right things and at stroke of pin or hedge bet,it was all lost of mostly depleted. So yes, I do blame the Creedies of this Country for all the hell that they are imposing upon our young and me. I also have made a nice life for myself, but I worry that my children won’t have one. You may call it Captilalism , but I call it the Creedy Rich who want it all. I urge you and your capitalist buddies to read James 5th chapter in the New Testament to see what awaits the greedy capitalist of this society. We all part of a giant wheel, if part of it breaks, the whole whell will fall apart.

  15. Nancy says:

    The first was a test! At least Herman Cain didn’t associate himself with socialist and marxist. Or lets call it what it really is, communist! Herman Cain is a true conservative and that’s what we need right now. It has nothing to do with his color. If he started throwing around statements like he marched with Dr King, that would be using the race card. Making people like him cause he’s black. He is a capitalist who worked hard for all he has. Don’t be jealous because he did well and you didn’t. This is America, go to school and college, work hard and you can do well. Everyone has that opportunity. I’ve struggled working two jobs at a time to support my 3 children in a single parent home. Iam going back to college now at 51. I don’t blame anyone for me struggling through life. I made the choices I made, I don’t blame it on anyone else. And neither should you!

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