Some have wondered how the Obama campaign can play its favorite card, the race card, against Herman Cain if he’s the GOP nominee. That’s easy: they’ll say Cain is not really “black.” He’s actually a willing stooge for racists.
Of course, the Obama campaign won’t get its hands dirty with that kind of ugly business. They’ll leave it up to their volunteer media and celebrity auxiliaries. If you thought Janeane Garofalo was the only celeb brain-dead enough to carry this stagnant water for Obama, meet Harry Belafonte.
In an interview with Joy Behar on CNN, transcribed at The Blaze, Belafonte said this about Cain:
Well, you know, it’s very hard to comment on somebody who is so denied intelligence and certainly someone who is as denied a view of history such as he reveals. He knows very little.
Because he happened to have had good fortune, because he happened to have had a moment when he broke through – the moment someone blinked – does not make him the authority on the plight of people of color.
Wow, people “blinked” a lot when Herman Cain showed up. He worked his way up to vice-president of Pillsbury in only one year, at the age of 33. They asked him to take over Burger King operations in Philadelphia, and he led the region to the top of the corporation’s sales charts in just three years. Then he worked his famous magic at Godfather’s Pizza. It’s amazing how often he caught the border guards of the American plantation asleep at the switch!
As for Cain’s “good fortune,” what the hell is Belafonte talking about? His father worked as a janitor, barber, and chauffeur at the same time, so the family could afford a house. His mom was a maid. Herman Cain paid his way through college by working for the Department of the Navy. His “good fortune” is that he didn’t listen to ignorant blowhards like Harry Belafonte tell him that success was impossible. Happily, Americans of every color can share in that good fortune.
By the way, Cain had a Bachelor of Arts by the time he was 21, and took his Master’s Degree from Perdue at the age of 25… while working full time on ballistic missiles. But let’s take Harry Belafonte’s word that he “knows very little.”
Why does Belafonte think Cain is doing so well in the Republican primaries? Take a wild guess.
The Republican party, the tea party, all those forces to the extreme right have consistently tried to come up with representations for what they call black, what they call the real Negroes [Belafonte then referred to Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell to provide examples].
They’re heroes for some people. But for a lot of us, they’re not. Herman Cain is just the latest incarnation of what is totally false for the needs of our community and the needs of our nation. I think he’s a bad apple. And people should look at his hole card. He’s not what he says he is.
Colin Powell is a cardboard cutout hiding Tea Party racism? Say, didn’t Powell endorse Barack Obama for President? In fact, he hasn’t ruled out endorsing Obama again. But don’t confuse Harry with the facts when he’s fumbling around in search of “deeper truth!”
So, there you have it, black America. You can follow Harry Belafonte into misery, and accept that hard work and opportunity are “totally false for the needs of your community.” You can waste your days looking for racist puppet strings on Herman Cain, as the people who have taken your votes for granted and left you mired in generational dependency require you to do, because they need your unthinking 90% support to secure re-election.
Or you can take a good long look at the resume of a man who refused to park himself in Harry Belafonte’s dead-end world. Republican primary voters can add a delightful bullet point to that resume: Herman Cain is a flame for the moths of stupidity. It will be hilarious watching liberals make fools of themselves trying to tear him down.
Update: Cain responded to Belafonte, and “academic” Cornel West, on Sean Hannity’s TV show. As usual, Cain is classy, reasoned, and utterly devastating.