Written by Cheryl Contee, Jack & Jill Politics
All of a sudden, leading conservatives seem exquisitely aware of and sensitive to the pervasive racism in American society. Forget color-blindness. There is a vicious double-standard in the way the media is salaciously following up on Herman Cain’s sexually-related problems at his former workplace.
Because the media has never been interested in any white candidate’s embarrassing lack of boundaries in the workplace. I mean, Bill Clinton was almost impeached over his affair with Monica Lewinsky (his intern) and John Edwards’ political career seems not only over but he continues to face legal charges associated with his affair with the videographer following his campaign. But apparently, they don’t count.
Herman Cain, Donald Trump (King of the Birthers) and Ann Coulter (“Our blacks are better than their blacks?” Really Ann? I don’t think so – there’s more competition in the left in fact) among others would have you believe that shadowy forces are targeting Cain because he’s a black conservative. And that the liberal media is in cahoots. They just want to take a brother down — it’s unjust! It’s not right!!!
Look, on behalf of the 99% of black people who think that’s ridiculous, I think Herman Cain should feel honored. He’s being treated just like any white GOP presidential frontrunner would be treated. Which means folks are combing through his background looking for what’s interesting. If Cain thought he could paper over any unfortunate parts of his career or personal life, well — he was wrong. And if he thought people wouldn’t pay close attention to his explanations of the sexual harassment settlement and the twists and turns therein, he was wrong about that too. He should be thrilled! For the first time in history, people really, truly care whether a black Republican presidential candidate can explain himself coherently.
I’d like to give you some examples of what actual racism injected into Cain’s current troubles would look like.
- If journalists were asking questions like “Mr. Cain, did you at any time show your penis to these women? And if so, was it very large or did they remark on its large size?” — see, that would be racist.
- If pundits were saying things like “85% of black male executives are accused of sexual harassment in the workplace — and Herman Cain is exemplary of the scourge across America. Can black men be trusted as bosses?” That would very racist.
- If hot blond female Fox News anchors were saying things like “Oh how I wish that Mandingo man would serve me a steaming slice of his hot pizza. Those ladies should consider themselves lucky a big buck like Herman Cain even noticed them!” — that would be extremely racist.
So I’m going to need for people like Donald Trump and Ann Coulter — two people well-known for their racially insensitive comments to pipe down about the non-existent racist attacks on Herman Cain. Trump can accuse Jon Stewart for being racist and Coulter can hit blindly at the left as they please. Let them blather on – their desperation to defend Herman Cain with the most ridiculous of arguments is almost sort of touching.
Black people might not be interested in voting for Herman over Barack Obama, but I definitely would not stand by and let the powers that be go after him racially. We, the black people of America, will let you know when we think it’s getting uncomfortably racial — y’all in the media don’t need to worry yourselves over that. This so-called “high tech lynching” talk just a bid to deflect and minimize the serious nature of the sexual harassment and it’s not very effective. Coulter says it’s the 2nd whole time ever that a “conservative black” has been targeted by the left. The other? Clarence Thomas, 20 years ago. Give me a break. It’s been that long apparently since the GOP had anyone worth a leftie lynching. (massive eyeroll)
BTW, how many of you think that one or both of the women involved in the sexual harassment settlements were white? Anyone? Just me??? THAT (if the women are revealed as such) is when it’s likely to get all racial and weird. You just wait.
This post was originally published by Jack & Jill Politics.
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