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Posted by on Oct 9, 2011 in At TMV, Guest Contributor, Politics | 11 comments

Rev. Al Sharpton, Professor Question Herman Cain’s “Black Authenticity” & Slams His Comments About Unemployment & Poverty by Saying “Start with Your Mama”

Rev. Al Sharpton and a professor recently debated the “blackness” of GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain. Sharpton tore into Cain, saying “how could anyone in their right mind that grew up in the South and saw what they saw, sat up there and act like everybody that is unemployed and not rich did it to themselves.” “Start with your Mama,” Sharpton said. Tough words coming from an ultra-liberal, but he is absolutely right about Cain’s position on wealth and poverty. I won’t question anyone’s “blackness,” because that’s irrelevant in the grand scheme of things and keeps us bogged down by stereotypical beliefs. Sharpton and his guest were clearly wrong to question Cain’s “blackness.”

You see, Herman Cain, grew up in the South at the height of the civil rights movement, so it’s quite obvious he knew exactly how blacks were denigrated and overtly discriminated against. He knew how economically repressed the black community was at that time. Kathryn Stockett’s book and movie, “The Help,” speaks to that dark period in our history in this country.

Cain also attended Morehouse College, where he excelled as a student, but more importantly, he attended a predominantly black school and he later married a black woman. So, this begs the question of what happened? How could he be so cold towards the poor and the unemployed? He said he could get the majority of the black vote if he went up against President Obama in the general election. Really? Um, when donkeys fly, particularly since he seems to loathe the poor and unemployed in this country. Sharpton is right, Herman Cain will not appeal to the African American community holding such views and positions on the issues concerning poverty and race.

(This article was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette)

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  • Allen

    Good for Al Sharpton!

    Old Man, Herman Cain!

    The woman just wants a strong black, any strong black. Cain could be lining blacks up for chain gang shackles with a strong black persona and there will be those blacks that will follow him just because of his persona.

    However most are not that confused.

  • dduck

    So if Cain should know about the black experience, maybe if he became president, he might help the poor, the black and whites and others out in some small way. What is big-mouth Sharpton worried about.

    Cain, chooses to portray himself as a person who wants to get beyond the bad times and not dwell on the injustices that befell the blacks in this country. That’s his choice, and he has every right to do so regardless of what Al thinks.

  • ShannonLeee

    Sorry, but who are these two to decide what is black and what is not? No, Cain will not get the black vote like he believes…or at least says he believes, but that doesn’t make him less authentic. He looks pretty black to me.

  • Apparently they believe that faith in the effectiveness of government is genetic.

  • I’m sorry, but you lost me at “Rev. Al Sharpton and a professor recently debated the “blackness”…”

    ShannonLeee smacked it good with “who are these two to decide what is black and what is not?”

    I’ll go further and say “did this question EVER raise its ugly head when Candidate Obama was scavenging votes?

    The answer is obvious.

    I grow so weary of these scurrilous race pimps with their self-serving cottage industry of divisive racial politics and vile bigotry.

    I’m convinced there’s a special place in h*ll for these cretins.

  • Cannonshop

    How important is skin colour, really?? I guess I just will NEVER understand the importance of ‘race’-I thought we were supposed to be examining men on the content of their character by now, measuring them by the worth of their achievements, by their merit, not by race.

    Then again, that was what I thought in 2008, and look at what we got and why we got him. Sharpton needs to shut the frell up, his way has led to an ineffectual pseudo-intellectual in the White House whose only defining characteristic is skin colour and failure.

  • dduck

    This is not racist, it is simply that Sharpton is a liberal Dem and Cain ain’t.

  • Cannonshop

    But, Dduck, Here’s the problem; what makes Sharpton’s position on Cain’s ‘race’ even the teensiest bit relevant? What underlying assumptions have to be true for someone to attack someone else’s racial background-esp. if they’re both of the same ethnicity?

    Aren’t the assumptions that make Sharpton’s discussion relevant,fundamentally racist, in that they impose a demand on someone’s politics based not on experience, accomplishment, or personal viewpoint, but rather the colour of their skin?

  • dduck

    Sorry, I can’t but attribute 99.9% to political affiliation.

  • Cannonshop

    So, what does it say ABOUT the political affiliation, then?

  • dduck

    Here’s my 999 Affiliation Plan. Politics is 99.9% BS.

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