Brainwashed Black People
Wolf Blitzer: Why is the Republican Party basically poison for so many African Americans?
Herman Cain: Because many African Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view. I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative. So it’s just brainwashing and people not being open minded, pure and simple.
Wolf Blitzer: That’s a strong word to talk about your fellow African Americans. Brainwashed?
Herman Cain: For two thirds of them Wolf, that is the case. Now the good news is I happen to believe that a third to fifty percent of the black Americans in this country, they are open minded. I meet them every day. They stop me in the airport. And so this whole notion that all black Americans are necessarily going to stay and vote Democratic, vote for Obama, that’s simply not true. More and more black Americans are thinking for themselves and that’s a good thing.
Wolf Blitzer: And you’ve suggested, correct me if I’m wrong, that if you were the Republican nominee, you think a third of African American would vote for you?
Herman Cain: I do believe a third would vote for me based upon my own anecdotal feedback. Now, they won’t be voting for me because I’m black. They’ll be voting for me because of my policies…
Herman Cain really doesn’t think much of black people. Then again, considering how some high profile black politicians take black people for granted, he’s far from being an exclusive. Mr. Cain says that a high percentage of black people are brainwashed to vote for Democratic politicians. But wouldn’t the same be true for many white people who vote for the Democrats? Aren’t many white people brainwashed to vote only for Democrats? And, wouldn’t it also be true that many conservative white people are brainwashed to vote for the Republican Party? It seems that black voters are far from being the only ones who are brainwashed.
A lot of black people found Mr. Cain’s comments offensive. Civil rights activist and black liberal Jesse Jackson said that Mr. Cain’s comment about black people was demeaning and insulting towards the black community. Former Republican National Committee chair and fellow black conservative Michael Steele said that while Mr. Cain may have had a valid point, his use of the word brainwashed was bound to alienate many black voters. Would Mr. Cain be willing to make the same comment about white people on both sides of the political aisle?
But we’re not talking about everyone. We want to put black people under the microscope, pull the curtain back on what black people present on the political stage, because for whatever reason, we want to analyze the black community and black voters under a microscope as if they are different from white people or the racially generic whole. Why are so many black voters brainwashed into not voting for Republicans? Could there be anything about the Republican Party that is repulsive to the vast majority of black people?
The vast majority of black people do not enjoy the type of lifestyle that many high profile conservatives want to push on their constituents. Black people are more likely to be union members than corporate leaders. But the policies of conservatives are focused on alleviating anything that keeps corporations and big businesses afloat at the expense of the bigger community. Conservatives would rather cut taxes on the wealthy, under the pretense that all of those people are the job creators and any tax increase on profits, the money left after all business expenses, would keep profitable companies from expanding their payrolls, instead of investing more money in social programs like public education, government agencies intended to assure the public’s safety like police departments and fire departments, or healthcare for all. Conservatives would rather cut the federal minimum wage, something a lot of black people are too familiar with, under the idea that if companies paid less there would be more jobs for everyone. Conservatives would advocate for deregulation of industries so that businesses would be even more profitable while playing Russian roulette with the public’s safety. And when a company does cross the line, the conservative solution is tort reform so that companies could better afford financial penalties associated with any transgression against the public.
We’ve tried the tax cuts thing. When President George Bush, Jr. got into office he dropped tax rates like rocks and the economy followed suit. In the middle of his war on terror, Mr. Bush made an additional round of tax cuts that made companies more profitable while they continued to lay off domestic workers and move operations out of the country. And now conservatives want to reduce taxes again because that will make the business climate in America more competitive even though many American companies are more profitable than they’ve ever been. Corporations are sitting on trillions of dollars in cash. If they wanted to be socially responsible, if they wouldn’t to expand their business operations and hire people, they have the resources to do so now. In this weak economy, more tax cuts aren’t going to do anything to stimulate growth. Maybe the majority of black people are able to see these facts a little more clearly than the racially generic whole.
But in reality, the black people’s flight from the Republican Party was initiated years ago. When President Abraham Lincoln led the country into civil war in order to save the union and keep the understanding that states operate under the supervision of the federal government, a lot of black people mistakenly thought that Mr. Lincoln took the country to the brink of destruction to free black people. And to show gratitude and appreciation, a lot of black people made their allegiance to the Republicans.
For many years, the Democratic Party operated off of a platform of racial discrimination. It was Democratic politicians that operated under policies of racial segregation, standing in front of colleges and advocating segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever and many white people were attracted to that, brainwashed into thinking, believing that black people did not deserve the same social privileges as white people. It was Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower that used the National Guard to protect black students as they attended schools in Little Rock. The Grand Old Party enjoyed the support of the black community for generations.
But when Democratic President John F. Kennedy used the same maneuver, when he enlisted the National Guard to protect black students trying to attend the University of Alabama, when Mr. Kennedy contacted Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights struggle, when President Lyndon B. Johnson became a champion of the civil rights movement, the Republican Party leadership decided that black people fighting for racial equality could make their party more attractive to the larger white population that was dead set against black equality and so supportive of white privilege. This policy became known as the Southern Strategy. In a lot of people’s opinion, it was this policy more than anything else that drove black voters away in droves. As the Republican Party took advantage of brainwashing white people into the fold, it actually brainwashed a lot of black people to stay away.
Brainwashing in politics is nothing new. I have to agree with Mr. Cain that black people are brainwashed. But what I have to disagree with is his choice to focus only on the fact that black people being brainwashed. Mr. Wolf should have asked who brainwashed the black people or asked are white people who don’t vote for conservatives or white people who don’t vote conservatives are brainwashed.
And lastly, is it not also very true that while many black people will vote for the white political candidate, is it true that many white voters have been brainwashed to not ever vote for a black man despite whatever his policies might be? Mr. Cain never shared his anecdotes about the racism that he’s been subjected to. Black people might stop him in the airport. It is implied that these black people are supportive. But I’m sure a lot of white people do the same thing for totally different reasons. Are they not brainwashed?
And I’m sure a lot of black people are thinking for themselves. However, what Mr. Cain and other conservatives are counting on is more black people thinking of themselves instead of thinking about their larger community. The conservative party’s focus on protecting the wealthy and corporate America has done very well by Mr. Cain. It is understandable why he would support policies that would no doubt make him far wealthier. But for the majority of black Americans, we really do need to follow a different strategy. For a lot of black Americans, and other Americans from the racially generic whole, not only do we think for ourselves, we think of more than just ourselves.
Mr. Cain probably did not mean for his comment to be an insult. He probably meant it as just an observation and was somewhat insensitive with his remark. But when you are running to become leader of the free world, you really should be careful about what you say as well as how you say it. Mr. Cain may have had a point. But for him to call other black people as brainwashed and closed minded is a bit hypocritical. As a black conservative, he sounds very closed minded and brainwashed as well to think of only himself and to have a single minded focus on money.