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article imageOp-Ed: Is Herman Cain a racist bigot?

By Gar Swaffar     Oct 1, 2011 in Politics
Some statements simply beg for a better explanation than what is given. Cornell Belcher's comments calling Herman Cain a racist and a bigot on Anderson Cooper's TV show is one of those.
Cornell Belcher is a Democrat strategist who was on Anderson Cooper's program on CNN and it was Belcher who made the statement that Herman Cain is a racist and a bigot.
As a Democrat strategist it's even a remarkably predictable statement to make I suppose, except that it would seem that a statement made on a television program with a national audience might be more inclined to hold their guests to a slightly higher standard of logic and reason.
The statement Belcher is referring to is of course the one Herman Cain made to Wolf Blitzer:
"African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open-minded, not even considering a conservative point of view,"
Belcher in the Anderson Cooper show appears to be livid that Herman Cain had the audacity to speak his mind and relate the situation as it appears to be.
What I noticed in the entire discussion between Belcher, Cooper and Ari Fleischer was that as angry as Belcher seemed to be, he never once approached the discussion of the truth or untruth of the statement Herman Cain made.
Cornell Belcher appears to be mad because Cain called into question the ability of African Americans to be sufficiently open minded when looking for who they might want to support in the next Presidential election. But Belcher never addresses that aspect of the what was said by Cain, and instead wants to stay on task berating a person who has simply spoken the truth as they see it.
While I'm not really an Anderson Cooper fan, I must admit he did place some effort into questioning Belcher as to why the single statement by Cain would be considered bigoted and racist while people of both parties and even those of no political party make blanket statements about groups of people constantly without being named racist or bigots.
At approximately 1:25 seconds into the video segment at the CNN link, Belcher though, says the most outrageous thing I've heard in quite a while though.
Let me quote Cornell Belcher here: "..Liberals didn't have a history of Jim Crow or slavery, so it's different"
At that point Anderson Cooper lost me, since his only answer to that was "I'm not arguing with you I'm interested in your perspective..."
Belcher's statement would be fine if it had any connection to reality and truth, but it simply doesn't pass the smell test, in part due to the origin of the Jim Crow laws being in the Southern and heavily Democrat controlled states of the era. Those same Jim Crow laws are the ones which were the target of the Civil Rights Act of 1875 which was sponsored by Sen. Charles Sumner, one of the "Radical Republicans" of the time and Rep. Benjamin Butler, another Republican.
Belcher dances around the core of the Cain statement but seems to be unwilling to argue the validity of what was said. In other words Belcher is so close minded he can't even see the real issue of whether or not African Americans are in fact brain washed into supporting the Liberal Democrats, whether or not any quantifiable or demonstrable benefit has been forthcoming from that support.
As a disclaimer to all of the above: This writer is a Conservative and as a convenience, is for now, registered as a Republican. I will say though, that the field is wide open for any person of any party with a better set of ideas than the current Administration in regards to getting job production back on track.
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