Herman Cain’s bigotry

WASHINGTON — If we didn’t already know this, here’s what Herman Cain’s regrettable campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has taught us: Black Americans are as capable of ugly and inexplicable prejudices as any other group. Our collective history as victims of ugly and inexplicable prejudices has not made us immune to the virus of bigotry.

So you knew that already? So did I. Still, Cain’s reflexive animosity toward law-abiding Muslim Americans has served as an unnecessary reminder.

In a recent appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Cain told host Chris Wallace that the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to ban any mosque they don’t want built nearby. Having spoken out specifically against a planned mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Cain seemed oblivious to the fact that the people attempting to build the mosque are also entitled to First Amendment protections.

A retired Georgia businessman turned rightwing talk radio host, Cain had been building to that preposterous and discomfiting moment since he emerged on the campaign trail. In March, while attending a gathering of conservatives in Iowa, a reporter for a progressive blog, ThinkProgress.org, asked him, “Would you be comfortable appointing a Muslim, either in your cabinet or as a federal judge?” He said flatly, according to ThinkProgress, “No, I will not.”

That revealed not only deep-seated prejudices hardly befitting an American president but also an unsettling ignorance about the U.S. Constitution, which tea party supporters like Cain claim to venerate. There is no religious test for political office in this country. The Founding Fathers were attempting to steer their new republic away from the blood-soaked waters of state-endorsed religions.

While he flirted briefly with sounding more reasonable on the issue of Islamic Americans and their religious freedom, he couldn’t resist, in the end, reverting to nutty notions — common enough among paranoid ultra-conservatives — about Sharia law and an Islamic mandate to convert infidels. All the while, he insists that his bigotry bears no comparison to that he experienced as a boy growing up in the Deep South.

Cain was never going to win the Republican nomination. He’s politically inexperienced, ignorant about major policy issues and hardly highly-regarded among the big-time donors he’d need to fund a serious run. He enjoyed a brief boomlet among the GOP’s tea-party-adoring social conservatives, but he’s been eclipsed by their latest star, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Wisc.) It’s hard to see how Cain is more than an after-thought by the time the GOP primaries start next year.

But his candidacy will prove costly. He will leave the campaign trail having tarnished not only his personal reputation but also having contributed to the GOP’s difficulties with voters who are not white Christians. Ironically, Cain has managed to worsen the problems that the party has reaching outside its homogenous ranks.

Indeed, he perfectly illustrates the GOP’s current moment — an ever-shrinking tent of narrow-minded know-nothings who insist that those who come inside pledge absolute fealty to their most ludicrous pronouncements. As a black man, for example, Cain draws enthusiastic applause from rightwing audiences for his insistence that the tea party movement holds not a shred of racism. Perhaps Cain really believes that, but it sounds like the price of admission.

Moreover, he has enthusiastically castigated President Barack Obama, a tactic unlikely to lure many black voters, who take great pride in the nation’s first black president. Cain has not only cozied up to birthers, but he has also questioned Obama’s manhood, telling The New York Times that the president isn’t “a strong black man.”

Cain should have represented a breakthrough for the Republican Party, which hasn’t had much success luring substantive black men and women to its presidential trials. The GOP’s most memorable black presidential contender has been the clownish Alan Keyes.

As the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Cain has serious business credentials. He should have taken the time to develop a substantive platform so he would have had more to sell than clichés about taxes, disrespect for Obama and Islamophobia.

Instead, he became one more member of the GOP’s lunatic fringe. Oh, well. I guess the fringe needs diversity, too.

462 comments Add your comment

trishadishawareagle

July 22nd, 2011
4:38 pm

@GeoffDawg,

thank you..Yes we have many names/traditions/mascots on the plains, but to simplify it, this year, You can just call us Defending national Champions :)

J

July 22nd, 2011
4:39 pm

Eric Rudolph hated on women and blew them up.

Realtalk

July 22nd, 2011
4:39 pm

CT is the Real Bigot! All you see is Color.

David Vitter

July 22nd, 2011
4:40 pm

“Hmm, I thought I heard that Barney Frank is getting together with Anthony Weiner this weekend. Something about a hotdog roast.”

I’m getting together with some “friends” tonight. I’ll be the one in the diaper.

GeoffDawg

July 22nd, 2011
4:42 pm

Ha ha, touche – at least until Loe Rach decides she’s done with you.

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 22nd, 2011
4:44 pm

“If you can acknowledge that most Christians believe Westboro is a fringe Christian group, why can’t you acknowledge that most Muslims believe that Al Qaeda and the like are fringe Muslims who have distorted Islam”

First let’s recognize that there is NO comparison between Al Qaeda and the Westboro Christians.

GeoffDawg

July 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

Anyway, I’m taking my wife out to dinner so enjoy your weekend everyone.

ScubaSteve

July 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

Hahaha.

Your response to question #1 invalidates your responses to the remaining questions, and everything else you’ve posted regarding Islam.

I’m an attorney, I don’t go around posting about optometry as it would make me sound like a fool.

Glad I could help you out on that.

The Welshman Josey's Inlaw

July 22nd, 2011
4:49 pm

“First let’s recognize that there is NO comparison between Al Qaeda and the Westboro Christians.”

Of course there is, but I can certainly understand why you don’t think so.

Stevie Ray

July 22nd, 2011
4:50 pm

Thanks for your response Josey Wales. You answered my question.

ScubaSteve

July 22nd, 2011
4:50 pm

@Woodstock Mike

Tell that to the parents of slain soldiers who have this “Christian” group picketing at their child’s funeral. Protests can be held at any point, and these people (and I use the term loosely) choose funerals. Terrorists don’t really care about the physical body count so much as the mental body count. Al Qaeda and Westboro are equally dangerous terrorist organizations.

Ray

July 22nd, 2011
4:50 pm

the true racists and bigots are all you fraudulent liberals.

Speaking of Clowns

July 22nd, 2011
4:52 pm

And until President Obama came along, previous black Democratic presidential candidates included Rev. Jesse Jackson (professional extortionist and “opportunist” as the King Family so nicely put it) and Rev. Al Sharpton (professional liar and fabricator). Rev. Jackson got a pretty free ride for his Hymietown remark in 1984 (a Republican would have been called many things by the columnist).
Mr. Cain’s remarks about Muslims are narrow minded, certainly, and probably pander to his constituency, just as the above “Reverends” do……

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 22nd, 2011
4:54 pm

“Al Qaeda and Westboro are equally dangerous terrorist organizations.”

Ding, Ding, Ding we have a winner!!! The above is the ‘DUMBEST QUOTE OF THE DAY”!!

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 22nd, 2011
4:56 pm

“Of course there is, but I can certainly understand why you don’t think so.”

Do tell, please explain… Funeral picketers the same as an organization that’s murdered thousands world wide, rapes women, cuts the heads off their enemy… Can’t wait to hear this logic… And you are aware of who politically the Westboro Christians associate themselves with??

Mike

July 22nd, 2011
4:58 pm

We have watched Black America demonstrate its bgiotry towards whites for years now, Ms. Tucker, including yourself. Mr. Cain’s flaws are but nothing compared to most Black American “leaders” who work very hard to keep racial hatred alive, cry racism at every turn and demand favoritism for Black Americans as repayment for so called “institutional racsim”. Yet the over-whelming racism that I witness day to day is practiced by Black Americans.

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 22nd, 2011
4:59 pm

“Tell that to the parents of slain soldiers who have this “Christian” group picketing at their child’s funeral.”

And for the record I think the Westboro Christians are filth…

Steve

July 22nd, 2011
5:01 pm

Peaceful Muslims is a oxymoron!

DUMBEST QUOTE OF THE DAY

July 22nd, 2011
5:01 pm

“First let’s recognize that there is NO comparison between Al Qaeda and the Westboro Christians.”

ScubaSteve

July 22nd, 2011
5:04 pm

Who cares who they align themselves with politically? We know who both groups align themselves with morally and that alignment is with the polar opposite of whatever God you believe in.

I’ll ask you the same question Mike how many Muslims do you actually know? Your ignorance is plainly understandable if your only glimpse into Islam comes on TV. “Radical Islam” is a hot-button issue today. Naturally, every image of Islam shown is in this same vein.

Truth Is

July 22nd, 2011
5:06 pm

Well said!!!

The Welshman Josey's Inlaw

July 22nd, 2011
5:10 pm

“And for the record I think the Westboro Christians are filth…”

Al Qaeda = filth
Westboro Christians = filth

So you see, There IS a comparison after all.

Stevie Ray

July 22nd, 2011
5:11 pm

Spot on Scuba…Reminds me of a favorite quote: ” A stupid (wo)mans report of what a clever (wo)man says can never be accurate, because he unconciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.”

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 22nd, 2011
5:12 pm

“I’ll ask you the same question Mike how many Muslims do you actually know? Your ignorance is plainly understandable if your only glimpse into Islam comes on TV. “Radical Islam” is a hot-button issue today. Naturally, every image of Islam shown is in this same vein.”

Blah, blah, blah, how many times does it have to be said? We all are aware that only a small group of Muslims have the extremist views, I don’t hate Muslims, that isn’t what anyone is talking about here. I’m talking about the fact that there is nothing wrong with recognizing that the practice of Islam can turn violent more than any other religion on earth today. If you don’t believe that so be it. Every government in the world will tell you plain and simple what religion is causing issues throughout the world more than any other. Recoginizing that Muslims with extremeist views are killing thousands througout the world isn’t saying you hate all Muslims, please don’t put words in my mouth.

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 22nd, 2011
5:13 pm

“Your ignorance is plainly understandable if your only glimpse into Islam comes on TV.”

You know what, you’re exactly right, everyday I turn on the TV and see that another Muslim has blown himself up killing hundreds of people, I guess it’s not really happenning, just fake news…

GaDawg

July 22nd, 2011
5:17 pm

Cynthia Tucker, are you the person who was on the boat to the Gaza strip ?

Stonethrower

July 22nd, 2011
5:17 pm

From the newsdesk about the attack in Norway. The man, who is still being questioned, is tall with blonde hair, “Nordic appearance,” police said.

Yep, sounds just like a Muslim to me. How about you Woodstock Mike?

Steve

July 22nd, 2011
5:19 pm

GaDawg that would be her twin sista Cynthia Mckinny

Nice Dawg Deaux

July 22nd, 2011
5:23 pm

Cynthia: You are ignorant at best as again you madea mistake. I know all those states up north look alike, and they all talk alike but Bachman is from Minnesota, not Wisconsin. Herman Cain does not support someone JUST because of his skin color as you and your Racist fan base do. THe obama suporters like him because he is black not because he
does a good job or is capable of getting the job done. That is part of what is wrong with folks like you: you feel that just because someone is Black that they desreve a position or job more than a white person because of wrong doings years ago. It is as if we have to get even. Wrong swamp breath! Look where it got the Atnata Public Schools, look where it got MARTA race was the issue not the ability or the competence of the individual. It is very sad how you and your ilk look at the world, not Herman Cain. GO Herman GO!

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 22nd, 2011
5:25 pm

“From the newsdesk about the attack in Norway. The man, who is still being questioned, is tall with blonde hair, “Nordic appearance,” police said.

Yep, sounds just like a Muslim to me. How about you Woodstock Mike”

You are aware that Muslims don’t only come from the Middle East, yes? Go back to where you found your information and read the rest of it, then get back to me. Every major news outlet is reporting that both attacks have been claimed by an Islamic terrorist group.

ScubaSteve

July 22nd, 2011
5:28 pm

Actually, hating all Muslims is what plenty of people are talking about here. I’m not trying to put words in your mouth here (mainly because this isn’t about you) but go back and read some of these posts. Furthermore, Herman Cain didn’t say “I’d properly vet potential Muslim cabinet members to see where his/her heart lies.” He said “No, I will not [appoint a Muslim].” Plain and simple.

And you have absolutely zero evidence, statistical or otherwise, to prove that “the practice of Islam can turn violent MORE than any other religion on earth today.” I can understand your fervor, 9/11 continues to eat away at us today. But that statement is pure opinion and has no factual basis. Islam at its core is clearly peaceful, as is Christianity, Hinduism, etc. Unfortunately, ALL of these can and have been distorted.

Steve

July 22nd, 2011
5:29 pm

Hey stonethrower ever heard of Chechnya?

ScubaSteve

July 22nd, 2011
5:32 pm

And no, it isn’t fake news. These things are certainly happening. But there are roughly 1.5 billion Muslims in this world. Every group has a fringe.

trishadishawareagle

July 22nd, 2011
5:32 pm

@stonethrower

Islam is not a race, it is a cult started by the pedophile mohammed. A muslim is filth, whether the subhuman pashtun dirt hut dweller or the blond hair blue eyed convert, because islam is filth.

and for the record, Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami, or the Helpers of the Global Jihad (i bet they love to get on their knees and feel mohammeds love flow over their face) has claimed responsibility

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 22nd, 2011
5:32 pm

“But that statement is pure opinion and has no factual basis.”

What other facts are you looking for besides the actual attacks themselves?? Yes, it is a fact that over the last decade there have been more terrorist attacks in the name of Islam than any other religion. Are you denying that?

social studies teacher

July 22nd, 2011
5:32 pm

Why are people that you disagree with always rascist? My ap psychology students would answer with one word……… projection.

Mutzter

July 22nd, 2011
5:34 pm

Mr Cain isn’t against law abiding Muslims building mosques as long as it is only religion that they practice and not impose Sharia law on the community. As far as Mr Cain being a bigot, how about Jessie “Hymie Town” Jackson, Al “Tawana Brawley” Sharpton, and the Minister Farrakhan? I guess you have no problem with these three stooges!!

WOODSTOCK MIKE

July 22nd, 2011
5:34 pm

“Every group has a fringe.”

Every group has a fringe that blows themselves up and murders in the name of their religion? Ummm, sorry that statement is false.

Kamchak

July 22nd, 2011
5:36 pm

…and they all talk alike but Bachman is from Minnesota, not Wisconsin.

Actually she’s from Waterloo Iowa, you know, where John Wayne Gacy committed a crime of sexual assault — well here, let’s allow Ms Bachmann to tell the story as she announced her candidacy. “But what I want them to know, just like John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa, that’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.”

CuTe the Pulitzer Prize Winner

July 22nd, 2011
5:42 pm

What a clown…I mean Clown! Too bussy Cooning and Buffooning! Poor Fool! If the right wing radio hosts told ole Herman to slap his momma, he would probably ask “How Hard Boss???!!!”…hahahahhaha

ScubaSteve

July 22nd, 2011
5:45 pm

What I said was “every group has a fringe.” That is certainly true. The manner in which the fringe chooses to carry out its atrocities matters not.

No, I won’t deny that there have been more of what you call “terrorist attacks” in the name of Islam in the last decade, but only because “terrorist attack” in the last decade has come to mean any act of violence perpetrated by a member of the Islamic faith. But, if we’re going to compare numbers on acts of violence by their perpetrator’s religious preference (which, i don’t know why the hell that’s useful in the first place, but i’ll oblige) the difference is negligible.

The only point here is that PEOPLE are violent. Why we have decided to extrapolate that out and believe that Muslims are violent more than any other religious followers is purely based on ignorance.

bristol va Bulldog

July 22nd, 2011
5:48 pm

CT and others,
You apparently did not hear the entire interview. He said the community has the right to oppose the mosque. He went on the say most Muslims are peace loving. Communities also have the right to stop christian churches from being built as well. You people should learn to examine facts and not emotional arguments.

HDB

July 22nd, 2011
5:50 pm

The Outlaw Josey Wales

July 22nd, 2011
4:06 pm

“Liberals hate;

1) Clarence Thomas
2) Herman Cain
3) Condoleeza Rice

Anybody see a pattern of racism here?”

If you REALLY want to show the pattern of racism…….note the GOP:

1) Clarence Thomas: Granted entry into Holy Cross via Affirmative Action….but wishes to deny access to the same program that allowed him to succeed! It’s called HYPOCRISY! Only considered “QUALIFIED” by the American Bar Association when all previous SC nominees were noted as “HIGHLY QUALIFIED”! Call that “unqualified”! Note his LACK of judicial decisions while on the bench: call that unacknowledged!!

2) Herman Cain: Calling him an Uncle Tom is a disservice to Uncle Toms! Affirmative Action hire by Pillsbury…but decries the same program that got him noticed!! Persistent kowtowing to the GOP line while ignoring the racist history of the GOP!!

3) Condi Rice: refuses to speak out against policies that allowed her to progress!!

4) Colin Powell: decried by conservatives for stating that the GOP NEEDS to embrace Affirmative Action!!

Who spouts more hatred?? (Conservatives)

Gym Naseum

July 22nd, 2011
4:15 pm

Actually, Conservatives hate;

1)) Themselves
2) The nation
3) Independent thinkers
4) Those who KNOW and REMEMBER history
5) Those who practice inclusion
6) Progress

Any questions??

kayaker 71

July 22nd, 2011
5:51 pm

We are not spending gazillions of dollars protecting ourselves from Catholics, Lutherans or Buddhists. Those F-16s that patrol our East and West coasts on a daily basis, the airport security TSA checks, all of the FBI probes, the CIA clandestine operations we don’t know about….. these are not all being done to protect us from Presbyterians. We are not in Afghanistan fighting the Baptists. We didn’t just finish a war in Iraq because some Fundamentalist Christian might have some WMDs.
Guess who the bad guys are, CT. Then give us some sanctimonious rhetoric about how we should welcome them into our hearts and trust that they will do us no harm. I didn’t fall off the turnip truck anytime lately but CT, I am not so sure about you.

red herring

July 22nd, 2011
5:53 pm

if c.t. wants to see a bigot and a racist all she needs to do in the morning is look in the mirror. hermain cain is a business man and uses common sense. he sees hard work for what it is and he sees sorriness for what it is as well. most of america is sick of the race card and folks like C.T. who play it. still this is what obama and crew want to see— racial division and class warfare. we need to gut the freebie programs and EITC. that would be a good start towards balancing our budget.

HDB

July 22nd, 2011
5:58 pm

red herring

July 22nd, 2011
5:53 pm

Lest you forget: The EITC was a REAGAN program to assist low income tax payers! Lest you forget that the GOP has played the race card in EVERY election since Nixon! Lest you forget that Theodore Roosevelt wanted the national policy to incvlude UNIVERSAL health care!! Only the modern day GOP desires a Darwinian existence!!

HDB

July 22nd, 2011
5:58 pm

red herring

July 22nd, 2011
5:53 pm

Lest you forget: The EITC was a REAGAN program to assist low income tax payers! Lest you forget that the GOP has played the race card in EVERY election since Nixon! Lest you forget that Theodore Roosevelt wanted the national policy to include UNIVERSAL health care!! Only the modern day GOP desires a Darwinian existence!!

killerj

July 22nd, 2011
6:03 pm

Like calling the kettle black,oh yea it is.Go Tea Party.

liberalefty

July 22nd, 2011
6:05 pm

CAINhas no chance of winning the republican nomination. those racist christians who applauded his bigotry in MURFREESBORO isnt going to vote for him. hes black. hes just a STEPPIN FECHIT sideshow to make racists christians feel good

Gm

July 22nd, 2011
6:09 pm

first of all Cain is a idiot to associate with the tea party idiots that destroying America, this people are the worst hypocrites in our modern time, the spew hate at the government but run and cash medicare, medicaid, va, ssi checks.
All of sudden the bigots care about the future and their grand kids, but the retards where very silent when Bush raise the debt ceiling 7 times and added 4 trillion to the national debt.

What race has killed more Americans then any?

A. White America males
B. American Muslims
C. Native Americans
C. African Americans

If you answer A you are correct, so uncle Cain before you start stero typing muslims, look at that party of bigots you are running around defending, by the way Jefferson, Washingotn did not have you in mind or your family when they were writing the Constitution those people were not your your forefathers.

Wake up”””””’