Tuesday, October 11, 2011

for anti-racists who make racist comments about Herman Cain

On Google+, F.S.J. Ledgister shared Herman Cain: 'Racism In This Country Today' Doesn't Hold 'Anybody Back In A Big Way' with the comment: "Herman is full of something brown and malodorous." Other identitarians are jumping up and down about how Cain is deluded or lying because, in their minds, only racists would claim something like that.I left this comment for Ledgister:
Mind you, I despise Cain's politics, but I also despise the weird racist slurs that self-styled anti-racists cast on blacks who don't buy into their race-over-all ideology. Here's something from 2007:

"A 53% majority of African Americans say that blacks who don’t get ahead are mainly responsible for their situation, while just three-in-ten say discrimination is mainly to blame. As recently as the mid-1990s, black opinion on this question tilted in the opposite direction, with a majority of African Americans saying then that discrimination is the main reason for a lack of black progress."

That's from a Pew survey that found the class divide among black folks is so extreme that 37% of American blacks say they're no longer a single race.
So, really, if you're dissing Cain for his comment about racism in the US, you're also dissing at least 70% of black folks in the USA who believe the same thing. But if you want to dis Cain for saying things like "if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!” I'm 100% with you.

ETA: Ledgister also shared Racism Without Racists? - Thomas Chatterton Williams - National - The Atlantic, which I highly recommend. I'd forgotten that Oprah thought she was a victim of racism because a store wouldn't open up for her when she arrived fifteen minutes after closing time.