What Rick Perry Calling Herman Cain “Brother” Really Means

21 Oct

Cain vs Perry

by Yvette Carnell

Generally, I steer clear of rhetorical right wing set-ups such as the one Perry staged against Cain during the Republican debate in Nevada on Tuesday night.  But in this case, someone needs to say what Cain, obviously, can’t.

If you weren’t watching, you missed Perry call Cain “brother” twice in an exchange over Cain’s 999 plan. I usually avoid commenting on such perceived slights because intention is nearly impossible to pin down, whereas alternate rationales are easy to cook up.

Case and point, Perry’s spokesman defended his boss by saying of Perry, “he is a friendly fellow. He uses that kind of language. And he views all those folks on stage as colleagues, as fellow Republicans, and he speaks accordingly.” Since intentions are fairly nebulous, and internal, it’s easy for a person whose intentions are being called into to question to just insinuate that the assailer just misunderstood.

But for those of us who are sensitive to race coded language, it seemed that Perry was making  a play to Cain’s hood sense. Perry was needling Cain with casual African American dialect, as if to say, “you may be ahead in the polls, but we all know who- and what- you are.” At that moment, Perry was playing to the base of the Republican Party that would never, under any circumstance, vote for Cain.

By the same token, if Cain had been an evangelical, the use of the term “brother” probably would’ve been perceived as endearing. This is because how language is perceived rests largely on how it is used by the community of the person to whom it is directed.

It is sad though because, and correct me if I’m wrong, Cain hasn’t used the term “brother”, or any other Negro euphemism this entire campaign. Yet here he is, former CEO turned presidential candidate, being called “brother” by his haystack Republican opponent.

Maybe, though, more important than what Cain hasn’t said is what he has said. Cain was quick to jump on Perry for the open display of the word Niggerhead at his family’s hunting camp. Maybe this was the perfect opportunity for Perry to inject race into the debate in a way that helped rather than hurt him.  In essence, Perry was saying to Cain; if you’re intent on going there, so can I. Bring it.

Your turn, Herman.

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13 Responses to “What Rick Perry Calling Herman Cain “Brother” Really Means”

  1. Theressa Wesley October 21, 2011 at 3:47 am #

    As a Republican Presidential candidate, Cain can’t afford to publically espouse endearing African American rhetoric. After all, this kind of language would portray Cain as being too liberal. Republicans pride themselves on being colorblind–totally beyond any kind of racial distinctions.

    You will notice that there are few racial references from the Republican camp. It’s as if black people and the problems they face don’t even exist. For example, Cain himself stated that anyone who is poor or unemployed should blame himself or herself. Affirmative action probrams, Republicans emphasize, are unnecessary because there is already equality in America. And we certainly don’t need to be concerned about healthcare for the poor and uninsured. Republicans have labeled recent proposed healthcare changes–Obamacare.

    Therefore, any allusions to race or to calling blacks brother or “bre” are totally out of the realm of their rhetorical sphere. It would be interesting to get Cain’s take on Perry’s
    Niggerhead Hunting Camp.

  2. Theressa Wesley (@TheressaWesley) October 21, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    As a Republican Presidential candidate, Cain can’t afford to publically espouse endearing African American rhetoric. After all, this kind of language would portray Cain as being too liberal. Republicans pride themselves on being colorblind–totally beyond any kind of racial distinctions.

    You will notice that there are few racial references from the Republican camp. It’s as if black people and the problems they face don’t even exist. For example, Cain himself stated that anyone who is poor or unemployed should blame himself or herself. Affirmative action probrams, Republicans emphasize, are unnecessary because there is already equality in America. And we certainly don’t need to be concerned about healthcare for the poor and uninsured. Republicans have labeled recent proposed healthcare changes–Obamacare.

    Therefore, any allusions to race or to calling blacks brother or “bre” are totally out of the realm of their rhetorical sphere. It would be interesting to get Cain’s take on Perry’s
    Niggerhead Hunting Camp.

    • Sayeed Sanders October 22, 2011 at 9:33 am #

      Hermain Cain called Perry “Insensitive” for not painting over the rock with the offending word immediately.

      What I found curious was the uproar this simple observation had among conservative bloggers who accused Cain of “playing the race card”.

  3. Marcie October 21, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    All Uncle Herman need do at this point is say “yessuh massah”. He actually believes he’s a Teapublican. Getting pretty good at the “I misspoke” line as all good negroes do when caught revealing truth about their beliefs. Proof positive that a hypocrite is the worse type of human there is.

  4. VB October 21, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Before we killed Moammar yesterday the WSJ and New York Times had paid more attention to Herman Cain and his ” 999 Rhetoric ” in the last week than those publications had ever focused on our President in such a concentrated manner . What I found most fascinating was the positive blogs of support by many who identified themselves as Conservatives ( White ) and who on the other hand have blamed President Obama for just about everything , but the growth of Diabetes ( as far as I know ) .

    Comment after comment praised his radical Plan like it was the answer to all of our problems and many identified him as one of the few winners in the recent Las Vegas ” Dog and Pony Show ” . For me it was further proof that White People are so different that Geneticists should examine if their strain truly started in the ” Motherland “, or they were brought here from the Planet Mars . For I assumed most Black People could see that Cain is simply this years Sarah Palin in Pants a blatant and obvious attempt by the Republicans to say ” see we got one too ” and he agrees you have been shiftless and Lazy like we said
    . A Caricature , the biggest ” Uncle Tom ” since Sammy kissed Nixon .

    How could anyone support a man who would sell out his own family ? He also needs a fashion consultant those yellow ties and Andy Griffith Like accouterments do not do him justice .

    • Olin Ross October 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

      Well said……..lolol, Andy Griffith like accouterments..lololol…..Well if you want to be in the click with the other race you must speak & act like them……
      Cain you are a disgrace to all humans………Where is your pride man……Sarah Palin look out here come Cain…Obama you have brought a lot of White folks out of the closet…….Now I really believe in this old saying “You can take the boy out of the country but you can not take the country out of the boy”………..

  5. Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    he should have addressed hermain as “con” instead of brotha…as in con man!

  6. HamiB October 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    Dear Yvette, We are normally on the same page, but you are way ahead of me on this one. My take is that Mr. Perry saw an opening to try and erase the negative vibes of the sign at the ranch by addressing Mr. Cain as “brother” while disagreeing with the 9-9-9 tax plan.

    • kevin October 21, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

      Ahhhhhh……No……

    • Yvette Carnell October 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      Hmmm. I hear ya… not sure I agree.. but I hear ya…

  7. Olin Ross October 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    That good when he call him a brother…..Maybe Cain will wake up now…..
    But I bet you Perry wanted to call him a nigger………Cain this is wake up call……

  8. Jake October 22, 2011 at 5:15 am #

    No no no, Rick perry is a career ass kisser, he knows who’s a head in the polls. He’s kissing up to Cain in hopes that I’d he gets the nod to run, then he could pick him or vice versa as a running mate. Rick hates Romney enough that he would run with Cain. Rick only became governor of Texas again so he could have a leg to stand on to run for president! Why anyone vote for a man who threatened( even though he says It was jokingly) to succeed from the nation. That’s spoiled brat talk to me. No governor ever threatened it’s state to leave the nation under the white presidents now have they? Rick is slowly finding out that being a “Bush boy” is not panning out like he planned.

  9. Fay Paxton October 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    Herman Cain is following in the footsteps of Sarah Palin…political pimps. I thought the days of slap-happy Negroes was long passed. I try not to write about racial politics, but in his case, I just couldn’t help myself. He’s Herman Cain, the “happy-go-lucky” Darkie.
    http://www.thepragmaticpundit.com/2011/10/herman-cain-happy-go-lucky-darky.html

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