As I said recently on the Huffington Post, I admit to being sickened by seeing so many of the same people commenting on HP who now support Herman Cain also say some of the most racist and hateful things about Black people and Obama. The hypocrisy couldn't be more evident. That's why I proposed that HP maintain this treasure trove of proof and do an offical content/discourse analysis that compares the comments these Cain supporters made in favor of Cain versus the racist views and sentiments they expressed against Obama, Blacks, Latinos, Muslims, etc. elsewhere on the website. This would prove false the bogus claim that these users (and others like them on the right) are NOT racist BECAUSE they support Cain.
I don't deprive Cain the success he's achieved in business. He's very intelligent, talented and clearly charismatic. I also don't doubt that he was placed on a face-track towards that success, especially as a Black Southerner who distinguished hemself by embracing the "Conservative Cause" and disavowing Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement while simultaneously benefiting from the fruits of their activism (p.s., the Civil Rights Movement did not end in 1964!).
Yet despite the success he's enjoyed, Cain's had the nerve to say that it's "YOUR FAULT. BLAME YOURSELF" if you're not as sucessful as him OR if you're facing tough times and are unemployed. YET out of the other side of his mouth he blames Obama for those conditions! Cain's POLITICAL SUCCESS and support seems clearly related aggressive use of this kind of double-talk and blatant insenitivity, which is also reflected in his embrace of the racist, i.e., white supremacist narrative of the "birthers" and willingness to spread racist stereotypes of Black people, Muslims, Latinos, Obama etc. In other words, the race-based hate that is the common currency of the so-called, "base," of the GOP/TP. And given Cain's extensive ties with the Koch Brothers, it seems doubtful that he's just a "fifteen minutes of fame" wonder, but will continue to publicly champion white supremacy for a long time to come.
WHITE SUPREMACY IS DOMINANT FORM OF RACISM IN AMERICA
In case you are unfamiliar with the decades-long defintion and description of of racism agasint people of color, especially Blacks and Native Americans, as "white supremacy," please see the following current resources (this is a mainstream coneptualization within the social sciences and humanities, especially among scholars who address issues of race, ethnicity, and culture):
And Here's Cornell West talking about the phenomena of Black people who have internalized aspects of white supremacy themselves (what Frederick Douglass also called "mental slavery"). This is a phenomena that almost all Black people must come to terms with in their/our lives and it can be extremely painful (DuBois wrote about this in "Souls of Black Folks" in 1903. Recall his concepts of "double consciousness," "the veil," and "second sight" for instance. Also Frantz Fanon in the early/mid 1960's - "Black Skin, White Mask" and "The Wretched of the Earth" for example). I know I had to come to terms with it, as did my brother and my father (will be discussed in forthcoming family autobiography). However, some Black folks (as well as other people of color) become so infected by the virus of white supremacy that not only do they become completely blind to and/or in denial of the infection, but they transmit it proudly and happily (as in the subject of this tome and one particular Supreme Court Jurist to sadly name but a few with particularly virulent strains of it):
To summarize, white supremacy is a psychosocio-historic system of racial domination expressed through policies, laws, customs, norms, beliefs, attitudes, sentiments, language, behaviors, patterns of practice, etc. which maintain the superiority, privileging, normalizing, and universalizing of White people and their ways of knowing and being and the subordination and disprivileging of people of color, especially Blacks and Native Americans, in most spheres of life. This includes their cultural ways of knowing, being, communicating, speaking, etc. as well as their physical qualities.
"It operates on a continuum with mild forms of racism at one end leading to more severe types of racism at the other. For instance, when people of color deal with everyday slights such as not being served properly at a department store, or being followed in the store by security officers, this can be deemed as 'mild' forms of white supremacy in action. More 'severe' forms can be associated with the Ku Klux Klan attacks on people of color or heavy-handed policing in African-American communities." (see http://www.africanholocaust.net/html_ah/Notes%20on%20Understanding%20White%20Supremacy.html
In other words, the term and multi-faceted phenomena of "white supremacy" is not at all relegated to the terrorist and extremist versions embodied by the Klan etc. In fact, the extremist violence against Blacks was NEVER accurately conceptualized, defined, and termed for what it was and what it is - RIGHT-WING WHITE TERRORISM. As such, unless this more accurate understanding of white supremacy in terms of systemic racism becomes more widespread, the underpinning of the racial issues that continue to plague the U.S. will continue to not only oppress Black folks and other historically oppressed racial minorities, but it will undermine the efforts of the "99% movement" to create the more fair, just, and equitable democracy envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King. Sadly, those with the power to impose the view of white supremacy as limited to terrorist violence continue to hold sway in our society.
This includes White liberals and progressives as well. They too can produce and reproduce the phenomena of white supremacy in real time. In fact, I fear the turn criticism of Cain might take among White liberals and progressives, tempted to scapegoat Cain, but in their rush to appear "non racist" nevertheless resort to using stereotypic lines of attack against him.
It's important to realize that spreading the false and limited view of white supremacy as terroist Klan-type activity taints those of us who use the more accurate defintion of the term (i.e., to describe the dominant form of racism in Amercia). Some have even gone so far as to stigmatize us as engaging in "abusive language" and/or "hate speech!" I wonder if those doing so realize that by positioning their limiting definitions of racism and white supremacy to be "superior," "supreme," and "the norm" - and ours as "abusive language"/"hate speech" that they actually reproduce white supremacy themselves. Regardless, the result is to once again place themselves in the "supreme" and "superior" position, whether they self-idnetify as conservatives, liberals, progressives, or what have you. That means that we have once again been rendered as "inferiors" even though we are the ones who primarily suffer from the phenomena and are in the best position to accurately define it.
In fact, could you imagine ANYONE giving Black people veto power over the terms that White people have chosen to define biases against their particular ethnic/cultural/religious groups? Just another double standard we're expect to grin, bear, and suffer silently while others "set the agenda."
CONSERVATISM = RACISM/WHITE SUPREMACY IN AMERICA
Speaking of white supremacy, Republican leaders with a history of it, like Haley Barbour (Mississippi White Citizens' Council apologist) and Newt Gingrich (Obama was raised by his Kenyan, "Mau Mau" terrorist, white people hating father) are now saying that Republican/Tea Party members' support of Cain is "PROOF" that they're NOT racist. It seems that trying to "prove" that their backlash against and hatred for Obama and "big government" and "liberals" (which they see as synonymous with "the Blacks," "reparations," "illegals," etc.) isn't racist is a potent motivation for their vocal support of Cain. So is the possibility of receiving life-time dispensation and exoneration for a life time marred by racist/white-supremacist sentiments in return for that support. Of course, they don't see it as racism/white-suprmemacy, but as good old fashion, "Conservatism."
Not so, according to author and journalist Bakari Kitwana in his coverage of this so called "Conservative Backlash." Nor according to Political Science Professor Robert C. Smith, who has empirically demonstrated that in American politics, conservatism and racism are the same and always have been. And perhaps even more poignantly, Chauncey DeVega captures this point succinctly in the provocative title of his piece, The Rotten Heart of White Conservatism: The Nonsense Argument That is White People are Oppressed in the Age of Obama.
On a personal note, regarding the support of these "conservatives" for Cain, my father (who's an 83 year old Black man born and raised in the South during Segregation and has seen it all) is admittedly sickened by this phenemenon and how the media has played along with it. I wonder if the media is afraid to raise the issue of Cain's racism and that of his supporters for fear of receiving an avalanche of organized hate mail and death threats from the Tea Party. But they shouldn't fear. Black folks and fair-minded people from all walks of life feel the same way towards this support for Cain and agree with how Sean Penn recently described the Tea Party, i.e., as the "Get the N-word out of the White House Party."
And if Cain can help then get the job done, then even better.
"CLAYTON BIGSBY, BLACK WHITE SUPREMACIST"
That's why many people are beginning to metaphorically refer to Cain as the "Clayton Bigsby" of the GOP/TP. They feel that Cain is a shill for masking the Koch Brother funded white supremacy/racism of those who hate Obama, "big government" and "liberals" (aka, "N-word lovers"). Who's Clayton Bigsby? In case you've never seen it, here's Dave Chappelle's brilliant satire of the type of "Black White Supremacy" preached and practiced by his fictional character, "Clayton Bigsby" (Please sign-in to YouTube and give a "thumbs up" to AdamElseify's comment on Herman Cain. Somehow his previous "cough-Herman Cain-cough" comment disappeared, a day ago, and it wasn't the uploader who deleted it. In fact, he liked the comment. It earned over 60 "thumbs up" in 1 week! Come on folks give it some love.)