In everything I do, and everything I write, there will be bias. In fact everyone experiences bias, its merely a matter of being able to admit it or even identify it. I will do my best to balance that bias against well-informed, well-researched ideas.
Herman Cain would tell you he is not a victim; not a victim of racism or anything else. But it is less about what he tells us and more how he says it. I am not African American, yet I am deeply offended by his rhetoric. The implication that black people are brainwashed by the left and therefore unable and unwilling to support conservative ideas is both ignorant and offensive. It is the ideals themselves supported by the right that drives African Americans and many others away from Republican support. Mr. Cain also says that racism no longer has the effect that it once did and claiming to be a victim is what sets you back, not the racism itself. Racism is alive and well Mr. Cain. Your observation is only slightly correct in that on-the-street racism is harder to see. But this is where Mr. Cain falls victim. The institutional racism that has anchored itself in our society is a direct result of or possibly even an evolution of the face-to-face racism that has plagued our country for decades, even centuries.
The Tea Party is in support, somewhat, of Cain and his run for the presidency. Should we take this as a testament to non-racist tendencies of the Tea Party? No. We need to see this for what it is. The Tea Party supports Mr. Cain because he is the only one that has a chance to deflect the argument against Tea Party supported candidates based on race. He levels the playing field. He has also shown himself willing to tow the line in favor of policy that would further the conservative agenda and bolster the efforts of the Tea Party movement. The 9-9-9 plan sets 86% of Americans up to pay more taxes, none of whom come from the 1% that control 99% of America’s wealth. It will also cut revenue drastically which means more programs will have to be cut, the poor and marginalized will be further pushed to the fringes of society and the cost for this will surely rest on the backs of the poor and middle-class. Of course the Tea Party likes him. They also like him because he is passively self deprecating, stereotyping himself as the homegrown placating black man willing to do what it takes to please his compatriots. This is clearly seen in his use of the word “cornbread” which he says should be his secret service codename and using words like “shucks-ducky.”
So the question lingers. Is he a victim of racism or is he racist. The answer is both. Mr. Cain is well educated and an experienced businessman. He has the resources and the skills which would allow him to evaluate his position and see what is happening and he chooses the path of ignorance. Ignorance as a choice is much harder to stomach than ignorance resulting from lack of opportunity to learn. It is unnecessary to point out that the many of the blacks he called brainwashed are the ones that would be directly affected by his policies and the desired policies of the Tea Party and conservative movement. We cannot deny the disparity that exists that affects a disproportionate number of blacks and other minorities. Their non-support of Mr. Cain and the Republican Party seems to be a well educated and informed choice. His policies and those of his supporters will not help the poor, the marginalized, the middle class or racial minorities that also fit into one of these other categories.