Herman Cain Is No Booker T.

21 Nov

Booker T Washinton

by Yvette Carnell

Sad thing is, Cain was never able. He has always been a strawman, and just as we always knew it, so did black conservatives. Yet and still, they mothered the distortive myth that Cain was a competent fellow who only drew ire from black Democrats because all black Democrats are “brainwashed”.

Conservative Ron Miller jumped on the “black Democrats are brainwashed” bandwagon when he tossed out the idea of giving a history quiz to every black child in America, the point of which, I guess, would be to reveal how black youngsters are brainwashed into adopting a liberal perspective. I’m all for youngsters of all colors sinking their teeth into history books as opposed to, say, Call of Duty or Skyrim, but you know what I fetishize even more? Political candidates who read.  I’ll allow Miller to administer his quiz if I can craft a current affairs quiz of my own and administer it to Herman Cain.

What Miller doesn’t quite get is that there is a strong contingency of the African American community that does lean conservative. These folks are what I like to call Booker T. Washington and Bill Cosby blacks. They believe that we can gain a degree of upward mobility by grinding it out; working and studying twice as hard as white people

Unfortunately for Miller, and for the Republican Party, these folks don’t share Herman “I don’t be readin’ Massah” Cain’s slackjawed approach toward intellectual pursuits. In fact, they’re embarrassed by the lack of seriousness currently on display over at Cain headquarters.  And I imagine that they were similarly turned off by the scandals that plagued Michael Steele during his embattled tenure at the Republican National Committee (RNC).

You see, mediocrity is not an element of the black conservative tradition and that has nothing at all to do with liberal meddling or brainwashing.  If Miller and others are desirous of seeing an uptick in the number of black Republicans, they should clean house and replace their shuckers and jivers with thinkers and builders. What was it Cain said while being interviewed about inequalities, “blame yourself”? Yeah. Do that.


36 Responses to “Herman Cain Is No Booker T.”

  1. spencer52 November 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    The primary problem with Herman Cain is that he is only interested in Herman Cain. Booker T. Washington in his time spoke with a general concern for his race and so has Bill Cosby today. It would be difficult to find any quotes from them in which they speak in the third person. Herman Cain in my humble opinion has a (NPD) Narcissistic Personality Disorder. His remarks have already done great harm to the black race, I have read many white Conservative bloggers that have taken the liberty to use Herman Cain’s remarks to prove that racism is only in the mind of weak thinking blacks and that those of us still leaning to the left are simply slaves living our miserable lives on the Democratic plantation.
    It seems that they are extremely grateful to people like Herman Cain and Condoleeza Rice for somehow absolving them from all racism both past, present, and future. Rice recently had the audacity to put down her own race by inferring that she could not find any role models within the black race especially among black females and as a result her role models have always been “old white men” I would love to remind her that O” Bull Conner, Sheriff Jim Clark, George Wallace, and Strom Thurman will have to be included in her list of role models because they were indeed “old white men” , Ms. Carnell you are so right, Herman Cain is no Booker T and may be the only man to date in line to take away Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ current title of being the biggest “Uncle Tom” in modern history. And black Republicans should shy away from embracing him as their new “Martin L. King, Jr.” because instead of inspiring more blacks to join the GOP he is actually providing them with even more reasons to avoid the GOP for many more years to come.

    • Ronald B. Saunders November 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

      Herman Cain is the worst kind of Negro similar to Barack Obama who both have permitted themselves to be pimped by a group of powerful ruling elites who are all about maintenance of the status quo.
      Does it make any difference as to who is doing the pimping whether it’s the Koch Brothers or George Soros.
      Like it or not your real government consists of unelected bankers and corporate special interests. Obama serves at the behest of those well-heeled corporate interests and he is beholden to those special interests.

      To even suggest that Herman Cain is in the same class of Booker T. Washington is absurd.
      Though Booker T’s politics were hotly debated during his life and after, there is no denying that Booker T. Washington was one of the most active
      supporters of African American education. His ideas were based principally on self-respect and the infinite potential of independent men and women.

      Obama serves at the behest of those well-heeled corporate interests and he is beholden to those special interests.

      • spencer52 November 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

        I truly beg to differ with you,President Obama and Corporate America are not on good terms. Actually, the president is generally viewed by people on Wall Street as anti-business and regulations-loving. I will admit that Obama has done a lot for big businesses in his three years in office. He did go through with the TARP program, which was created by the Bush administration to bail out financial firms and auto companies. Obama also authorized an $800 billion stimulus program in 2009 and is set to propose another $300 billion in stimulus, both of which had and will benefit U.S. companies. But there is still a hedge between Obama and Corporate America because most businesses have little confidence in Barack Obama’s leadership in regards to the economy. I don’t think that he as you infer has, permitted himself to be pimped by a group of powerful ruling elites, I believe that he is truly trying to do what he believes is good for the country overall. I surely disagree with you trying to place Herman Cain and President Obama under the same umbrella.

      • Meanchick November 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

        Did you just put Obama in the same category as Herman Cain? If Obama is nothing more than a puppet, then why is he so hated by Corporate America? Why is he consistently voted down when he wants to create an even playing field and right all of the wrongs? Respectfully, you are wrong Mr. Saunders. Herman Cain is no Obama. He could take Obama lessons and still not be Obama.

      • Charles Mcgee November 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

        Thanks. Stay tuned. In the planning stage is a gathering for February 11, 2012, weekend in either Los Angeles or Atlanta to focus on Black Culture-our solutions to life’s situations. We have not had a discussion since Gary, IN, 1972-the Black Political Convention. Two of the three conveners remain with us. Both Mayor Dick Hatcher and Amiri Baraka are available to provide vision. Mark your calendar.

    • Bahati Sobukwe November 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm #


      It is the truth that I love so dearly. Thank you!

  2. Pamela November 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    Herman Cain is enjoying his “moment in history.” Mr. Cain has discovered what white men have known and experienced for eons and that is…running in a Presidential “circus” campaign garners you lots of money, money, money, money, attention, scandal, interviews with all the media, and mo’ money. And the Republicans are not interested, apparently, in putting a black conservative in any position of sovereign power who shows “self-respect and the infinite potential of independent men and women.” In fact, the Republicans don’t seem to really be interested in showcasing a white candidate that imbues those qualities. I have to keep reminding myself that this is not “the Reconstruction” period of time in our history. Once I realized all of the aforementioned, my blood pressure dropped back down to a reasonable level. I at least know that I am dealing with “the real deal and the real truth”…unfortunate as that may be. PEACE!

  3. brotherkyle November 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    ronald b saunders for president!!!….spot on sir…i am truly mystified as why folk still believe the power in america resides on pennsylvania ave….wrong street in DC…K street is where the country is run from…and no man has ever risen to the level of president without selling his soul to k street and its equivalent, b4 K streets establishment…sorry black folk but i guess you haven’t noticed…nothing has changed!!!….the rich get richer

    • spencer52 November 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

      You are wrong sir, sorry.

      • Charles Mcgee November 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

        We will know on January 22, 2013. I have no plan to work for or contribute to the Obama 2012 campaign. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

      • spencer52 November 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

        Although I am extremely sorry that you have become disenchanted with President Obama this is America and you can vote for the candidate of your choice. I will continue to support our president primarily because the alternative is far too great of a risk for us to be taking at this time in our history. There is not one candidate in the GOP that has offered a viable solution for this countries ills. They are all great at criticizing President Obama for something created by the previous president, and yet they act as if George W. Bush never existed. Contrary to your stance, I will vigorously work for and contribute to the Re-elect Obama 2012 campaign and pray that there very few that share your opinion.

    • Ronald B. Saunders November 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

      Meanchick: The facts show that Obama’s largest campaign contributions came from Wall Street and the folks on Madison Avenue. So who Meanchick do you think he Obama will beholden to?
      The power brokers on Wall Street love Barack Obama.
      Obama’s is engaging in a type of political wag the dog diversion in reference to Wall Street financiers which is totally designed to appeal to his base of African American voters and certain demographics.
      Obama’s claim that he is a warrior for the middle class is the biggest joke of 2011.

      • spencer52 November 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

        @Ronald N. Sanders, what you are saying is just not true in fact Wall Street hates Barack Obama. Wall Street has gone from being cautiously ungrateful to angrily opposed to him and so I just don’t understand where you are getting your information from.

    • Ronald B. Saunders (@BlackBuzzNews) November 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

      If I could get a billion dollars from the people not corporations, I would run for the Office of President. At least you be getting an authentic brother who has been involved in the struggle for Black Liberation for the last 50 years and who understands how the corrupt U.S. system operates and functions.
      At least Spencer 53, and Meanchick I know how many states make up the U.S. and where the first automobile was made/manufactured. Obama knew neither, and Herman Cain needs to be locked-up for being a political prostitute.

      It was Nikolai Lenin who said, ” People always have been and they always will be stupid victims of deceit and self-deception in politics, until they learn behind every kind of moral, religious, political, social phrase, declaration and promise to seek out the interests of this or that class or classes.”
      Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats give a damn about Black people. The race between Republicans and Obama is a race between the wolf and the fox for unbridled power!

      • spencer52 November 27, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

        What do you suggest sir?

  4. spencer52 November 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Correction: There is not one candidate in the GOP that has offered a viable solution for this country’s ills.

    • Bahati Sobukwe November 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

      Why is it that everytime it is time for us to pull together and spend a few moments in critical thinking, we start listening to the enemy and considering his interest instead of our interest?

      Thank you Spencer52. I love your thinking!

      • spencer52 November 22, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

        You very welcome, it seems that everybody now days are very judgmental and love to place all the blame on President Obama. As if it’s solely this one man’s fault that we are in such a miserable state as a country right now and they are in a permanent denial that George W. Bush ever existed. I’ll admit that there are some bad things happening on his watch but people would have us believe he is somehow incompetent; Obama is not incompetent, nor is he stupid. He has a history of setting very high goals for himself and of achieving the goals he sets out to achieve. He made it to President, after all. Incompetent and/or stupid people do not become President. If he keeps on getting the kinds of results he keeps on getting, it’s because those are the results he was aiming for.

        All of his actions since he was inaugurated suggest that he is doing exactly what he wants and intends to do. Like it or not, that’s the real Obama. He is NOT caving. When someone continually and repeatedly goes along on everything with someone else whom they ‘claim’ to be opposing, it’s not ‘caving’. It’s the plan. The INTENTIONAL plan. Just look at his re-election strategy and you will be amazed, the GOP candidates only strategy thus far is to blame Obama and set up each other with some sort of scandal all the while avoiding the discussion on how to rebuild America. President Obama has responded to them and the Republican Congress with a “We can’t afford to wait” strategy and slowly but surely it is working.

        All these people that are angry with him (unfortunately there are a few misguided black people among them) have misplaced their anger and will sing a different tune come November 2012 when he is re-elected. I call Obama a three-point shooter, because just like in a basketball game when you think your team is about to lose there he is on the court surprising all his naysayers with a last minute winning basket leaving them with nothing to say until their behind the scenes leader Rush Limbaugh supplies them with some more foolish and nonsensical ammunition.

      • Charles McGee November 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

        The reason I worked on behalf of Barack Obama in 2007-08 was because of his take on Iraq. That made a difference. When he agreed to keep Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense I knew I had been taken for a ride. My fault.

        I shall not make that mistake again. I have contributed to the campaign of Mitt Romney and Herman Cain because there is not alternative to Barack Obama on the other side. I expect to max out in terms of campaign contributions. You can max out for Obama. That is your privilege. If I had wanted Hillary, whom I have known since 1989, in an administration I would have supported her. I know the drill having been an elected statewide officer of the Alaska Democratic Party in the 1980s. I am very sure that come January 22, 2013, there will be a new resident in our White House.

      • Charles McGee November 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

        Exactly who is the enemy. When we Black Power advocates looked at the landscape we saw Martin Luther King, Jr., as the barrier. Who is it now?

    • Berdell Fleming November 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

      That is so true ,I don’t understand why so many plan to vote against thier own best intrest. None of the Rebubs have a viable plan for any of the country’s ills but many are not looking at the truth and it’s acutal.

  5. spencer52 November 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    President Obama has the power of the incumbency, he has a better-than-67-percent chance of winning reelection. In 2004, voters were not happy with the economy, the Iraq War or President Bush generally, and still he was reelected. According to the Washington Post his re-election campaign will be the first time in history to raise $1 billion. He is personally likable, has an attractive family, and his favorables are climbing rather than dropping in same manner as the GOP candidates with their “flavor of the week” non-sense. The economy is improving consumer spending is up, and 40 percent of Americans say the economy will improve over the next year. The campaign theme may be: He brought us back from the brink. It is obvious that tea party support for their candidates have torn somewhat. And while Republicans debate which candidate is more Reaganesque, Obama will stay above the fray, looking more and more presidential while they argue with each other and kill the momentum of the current front-runner with a scandal or two. This is why I believe he will be re-elected.

    • Charles McGee November 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

      Last time around I had myself and one grandchild who was a Hillary supporter. This time I have myself and seven grandchildren who will not be voting for Barack Obama. Count that 8 ‘other’, Obama 0.

      • spencer52 November 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

        Charles, last time around I had myself, my wife, four children and four grandchildren none of them Hillary supporters vote for Barack Obama. This time around I still have myself, my wife, four children and four grandchildren who will definitely vote for President Obama once again. If your family and my family were the only ones in all America to vote, President Obama would be re-elected by at least two votes and so I really don’t understand your point. Other than you don’t want President Obama to re-elected, in which case I clearly understood that earlier on in our conversation. Charles, earlier you said that, “We will know on January 22, 2013” and I accept that because it is true we will know on that date just who it will be to reside in the White House, but it is my humble opinion that it will indeed be President Obama.

      • Charles McGee November 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

        I actually have five children but they do not count in my calculation. At $2,500 per capita you could have $25,000 invested in the outcome. I could have $20,000 invested. I can produce another $5,000 from my PAC. Presidential elections are a multi-billion dollar enterprise and my involve has to do with RIO, direct benefit. I do not participate because of philosophy, either I gain a direct benefit or I will make a new decision next time around.

      • ICADATRUTH November 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

        Brother Mcgee, How can you with a clear conscience even consider a man who is the most consciencely ignorant candidate for the postion of the presidency? Herman Cain was totally unaware that China had nuclear weapons (they had them for at least 50 years). This man proudly states that he knows nothing about foreign affairs and is clueless about domestic affairs by denying that racism even exists. This is more amazing since he grew up in the Jim crow era in georgia no less! How can you ignore the tradegy that you seen everyday? Alongside the fact that he refuses to address the black media but yet feels that he will still get our votes? This man is a walking modern day minstrel show!

      • Charles McGee November 24, 2011 at 12:55 am #

        On October 28, 2011, I went to Montgomery, AL, to see what the Cain Train was about. I do my own research and draw my own conclusions. Black to me is Dick Gregory. Sideshows do exist and have been around for all of my life. I began my education in a one room Rosenwald segregated school in Northwest Oklahoma> I know what journey I have been own. I even suffer through the Martin Luther King , Jr., era and I am alive. I expect to see a person who think like me be president of the United States before I die. My 1980s choice was Mario Cuomo. He did not make it. I am still looking for my ideal.

      • Berdell Fleming November 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

        So you want to put a canddiate who might want to disband Social Security and end medicare as we know it?

  6. spencer52 November 24, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    Herman Cain is no Booker T. and let me add if you will, Dr. Rice is no Harriet Tubman. Herman Cain and Condoleeza Rice represent the type of Negroes that right-wing Republicans really love. They are not loved because of who they are, they are loved because simply they don’t mind pandering to white people by indicating to them that they truly know their place unlike most other blacks in America today that idolize President Obama. Herman Cain has taken it upon himself to absolve racist America of any racism or racist actions not just today but anytime in the past; recently Condi Rice publicly admitted that her heroes has always been “old white men” because according to her there aren’t any within the black race, with Negroes like this Conservatives whites will always say to their black friends (if they have any) why can’t you be more like them?

    • Berdell Fleming November 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

      A people who don’t know from whence they come can
      not know where they go.

  7. Jorge A Gonzalez, MD November 29, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    We have reached a point in this society where the candidates that run for president should be screened for NPD and other axis II conditions. We need a license to operate a vehicle safely. Similarly shouldn’t it stand to reason that a presidential candidate be checked for a minimal level of sanity?
    Personality disorders transect all levels of society, races and creeds. This is a national security issue and merits the respect and serious consideration of those that believe and love this country as well as our children’s
    Future. Reagan once said “there’s no right or left only up or down”

    • ICADATRUTH November 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

      Why are people suprised? He did the same thing that Palin did, manipulate the republicacn party and it’s supporters for millions! Why do you thing Palyin left the governorship? To make more money pimping the American public. From my understanding Herman “Uncle Ruckus” (no relations) Cain has over 9 million dollars from this joke of a campaign. Do not be suprise after this is all over that his wife might leave him. We all need to pray for her, just imagine having all of his infidelities come up in public and you were not even aware of them in the first place.

      • spencer52 November 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

        I see Dr. Gonzales’ post as confirmation that Herman Cain is suffering from NPD. In Palin’s case however, I believe that it is extreme greed a lot people may not realize this but she is set for life due the manipulation she placed upon the Republican party. But what I don’t understand about Cain is why would he enter a race that would obviously expose his dirty past. He must have known that his misdeeds, his womanizing would be picked up by the media. For example, Gen. Colin Powell’s primary reason for not entering the 2000 race was because of the possible personal attacks that would have been made upon him and especially his wife. Gen. Powell like a man placed his family first before the so-called glory of being elected President of the United States. The people that will suffer most from Cain’s indiscretions are his wife and his children. He has virtually thrown his wife, his children, his victims, and the entire black race under the bus in order to fulfill his enormous ego. This is a case of an extreme Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and when it is all over not only should his wife file for divorce, he needs to seek some very serious medical help in order to cure his NPD or as the good doctor said some other axis II condition.

      • ICADATRUTH November 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

        Execellent response, I concur 100%

      • Charles McGee November 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

        All of politics is public pimping. In the case of a spouse, could it be that some couples have open relationship contracts, some of which include pre-nuptial elements. I am not sure I want to wade in the bedroom of any candidate for public office. They have my blessing to perform as they please. That is my position on sexual behavior.

    • Charles McGee November 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

      The notion of a test is interesting. It recalls for me a longitudinal study from Yale University. The decision was to track graduates and the 1942 class was followed for 20 years. At the end it was determined that those who were 6′ 3″ and above had been most successful. On that authority we could go to the NBA a select our leaders. That is as good a standard as any other.

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