We knew this spin was coming on the allegations against Herman Cain that he sexually harassed three women while employed at the National Restaurant Association. One accuser may release a statement on the allegations as soon as today, CNN is reporting.
If you want to avoid the over-the-top woe is me plea in the ad, it’s basically a collection of sound bytes that feature activists and conservative talk radio hosts and pundits either lambasting Cain or the elite liberal media embarking on a racist witch hunt to take down the only black conservative in the Republican Party’s presidential race.
In a nutshell, Herman Cain is falling back on the race card, something he’s routinely criticized fellow black people for.
“I don’t believe racism in this country today holds anybody back in a big way,” Cain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Are there some elements of racism? Yes. It gets back to if we don’t grow this economy, that is a ripple effect for every economic level, and because blacks are more disproportionately unemployed, they get hit the worst when economic policies don’t work. That’s where it starts.”…“Many of them do have a level playing field,” Cain said. “I absolutely believe that. Not only because of the businesses that I have run, which has had the combination of whites, blacks, Hispanics – you know, we had a total diversity. But also because of the corporations whose board I’ve served on for the last 20 years. I have seen blacks in middle management move up to top management in some of the biggest corporations in America.”
As for African Americans who remain economically disadvantaged, Cain said they often only had themselves to blame.
“They weren’t held back because of racism,” Cain said. “People sometimes hold themselves back because they want to use racism as an excuse for them not being able to achieve what they want to achieve.” (SOURCE)
So, now you care about race and racism in America, Herman Cain?
I honestly don’t find the white conservatives rallying around Cain to be as offensive as Cain’s cries of racism. It’s only predictable that the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity will want to cry racism when a black man or woman who is in line with their warped ideology comes under attack or is peppered with some controversy. It’s only natural for whiteness to jump in and protect those historically labeled as The Others who decline to challenge white supremacy, white privilege and whiteness’ stronghold over society.
Cain’s allegations of racism are futile and insulting. This man’s rise to political rock star status came at the expense of his acknowledgement of race and racism as having a sustained, negative impact on people of color. Herman Cain proudly trampled on the backs of people of color and excitedly threw our experiences under the bus in his journey to become the front runner of the Republican presidential race.
Now that he’s mired in controversy, Herman Cain wants to reassert himself as a black man whose a victim of a high-tech lynching motivated by racism. Now that he’s facing the danger of losing all credibility, Herman Cain wants to play the race card. Herman Cain’s plot to go racial is nothing short of classic opportunistic politics. As a rich black conservative, he has the luxury and the ideological backing to pick and choose when he wants to address racism as a sobering problem and when he wants to dismiss, deny and ignore racism when its hurtful fangs aren’t sinking into his skin. It’s easy for Herman Cain to hide behind his success and money as proof that racism is no longer a factor in black Americans achieving what he has, but he’s also more than willing to superficially align himself with persons of color in a vain attempt to claim he’s on the receiving end of racism.
Herman Cain’s racial politics are self-inflicted and his claims of being a victim of racism will fall on deaf ears–those same deaf ears he has when it comes to acknowledging the institutionalized racism systematically inflicted on persons of color everyday.