Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cornel West: Herman Cain Needs To Get Off the Symbolic Crack Pipe

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Cornel West from Princeton University had some choice words for Presidential candidate Herman Cain.  After Cain said that racism no longer matters in this country, West appeared with Candy Crowley to say that Cain was dead wrong.  In Cain’s words:

“I have seen blacks in middle management move up to top management in some of the biggest corporations in America,” the candidate explained. “They weren’t held back because of racism. No, people sometimes hold themselves back because they want to use racism as excuse for them not being able to achieve what they want to achieve.”

That’s when West chimed in on a later episode to suggest that Herman Cain is full of it.

“Well, black people have been working hard for decades,” West remarked. “I think he needs to get off the symbolic crack pipe and acknowledge that the evidence is overwhelming. And I think he also knows that if brother Anthony Davis — a brother who was just put to death — were a white Wall Street banker brother, that the response in the nation would have been very different as opposed to a poor black brother.”

“And that’s just one small example — one very small example of racism still at work holding people back.”

Tavis Smiley went in on the major networks, which keep granting legitimacy to every silly comment being made by Cain. 

“It just troubles me, respectfully Suzanne, that CNN and MSNBC and Fox News and all these cable channels go for this nonsense,” Smiley said. “They fall for — if I can quote Eddie Murphy — you fall for the banana in the tailpipe, and every time that Herman Cain says something ridiculous or crazy, blaming poor people for being poor, calling protesters anti-capitalist or suggesting that racism doesn’t hold people back… It’s almost silly to respond to because the evidence is so overwhelming.”

“Well, Tavis, I certainly don’t think that CNN is falling for anything by simply bringing up this discussion,” Malveaux said. “That’s his point of view and he certainly is rising in the polls among the Republican candidates there.”

“My point, respectfully, anyone who listens to what Herman Cain says and asks a question, ‘Does he have a point?’ A point about what?” Smiley asked. “The numbers — it’s so evident. It’s so abundantly clear. There’s such great clarity here that race is still a factor. You covered the president in the White House. Why does President Obama have a Secret Service detail that there’s no comparison in history for any president… and we’re talking about whether he has a point about racism in America?”

Thus far, Herman Cain has said that black people are brainwashed, that racism no longer matters, and that being gay is a choice.  As he makes these comments, he continues to rise in the polls, but doubts continue to rise about his legitimacy as a serious candidate.  Dr. Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University recently wrote a piece in which he refers to Herman Cain as “The Perfect Racist.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

yes it is very troubleling, -2-know that a black man ...regardless of his idealology....reject the notion..that race..no longr "matters"...any one whom has half a brain...know and understands that it still defines...and permeates....what a very large slice of what America is, was, and will continue to be.....unless we shine a very big spotlight on it..and lessen the gross profits....that a large portion of indivuals gleen from..advancing it,s insidious promotion!!