Herman Cain on drinking the ‘white’ water in a segregated Atlanta

A nicely done Herman Cain video, explaining – in a phone interview with a reporter from the Daily Caller – what it was like to grow up in segregated Atlanta:

Said Cain, while on the road in Iowa:

“We were at the bargain basement at the department store one day, and my Mom was looking on a rack to get some stuff for us. We asked her if we could go get some water. She said yes. And Mom specifically said, ‘Now, y’all make sure y’all drink out of the “colored” fountain.’

“Being typical young boys, we got over there and looked at those two water fountains, and we kind of looked around. And we kind of went, hmm, nobody’s looking.

“So my brother went first, while I stayed on the look-out, to sip the ‘white’ water. Then he was on the look-out while I sipped the ‘white’ water. Then we both sipped the colored water. We looked at each other [and said], ‘The water tastes the same. What’s the big deal?’”

Cain, by the way, recently said he intends to formally announce his Republican presidential candidacy sometime in the next month.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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112 comments Add your comment

Hollis

March 24th, 2011
6:02 pm

Baker

March 24th, 2011
6:09 pm

Great story. The Hermanator’s candidacy will be interesting to watch.

GJJR

March 24th, 2011
6:15 pm

He can run to hell and back. I will not vote for him. He does not relate well to either party or color.

I sang Dixie...

March 24th, 2011
6:16 pm

He shouldn’t run…clearly he’s been drinking the Koolaid.

AngryGalt92

March 24th, 2011
6:26 pm

He had my vote until he started acting like Newt Gingrich.

Brent

March 24th, 2011
6:27 pm

Herman Cain has more common sense and business sense than anyone who has sat in the White House in a hundred years. But I guess we should just keep putting career politicians in office. You guys are brilliant

Last Man Standing

March 24th, 2011
6:29 pm

I sang Dixie… :

“He shouldn’t run…clearly he’s been drinking the Koolaid.”

I beg to differ with you, Sir. He has NOT been drinking the diabolical, deadly brew of the liberals. He stated himself that he drank the cooled water of the rational, realistic conservatives.

I fear, just as Carter has made it all but impossible for anyone from Georgia to be elected as President, Hussein has made it nearly impossible for a black man to be elected again in the near future – and that includes Hussein himself.

Mike

March 24th, 2011
6:29 pm

I will vote for him….

Brent

March 24th, 2011
6:31 pm

Well said, Last Man

Serious Robuck

March 24th, 2011
6:32 pm

I say he stands not a snowball’s chance in deepest Southern Baptist hell…when a huge percentage of the Republican base would never ever support any non-white candidate, no matter what.

I agree with you, I sang Dixie, he’s drinking the Koolaid now, not the white water.

What say you, Last Man? Please share your eminent wisdom.

Serious Robuck

March 24th, 2011
6:37 pm

Thanks, Last Man. Wow, you’re quick, Old Buddy.

You’re wrong about one thing. You’re going to have President Obama to deal with for six more years. Get over it.

Will YOU vote for him over Huckabee or Newt? I can’t imagine it.

Michele

March 24th, 2011
6:43 pm

I would totally vote for Herman !! He would make a great president.

HL

March 24th, 2011
6:45 pm

Cain believes in regressive taxation and he won’t get my vote. Hopefully when I achieve my millions and billions, my values don’t change.
Sales Taxes are fair for millionaires and billionaires.

TruthBe

March 24th, 2011
6:47 pm

Serious Robuck, Obama has lost the independent vote so he will not be re-elected. And that is a good thing. America or the World can’t afford a second term from this communist adminstration and it’s leader George Soros. Obama is Soro’s boy.

Private Sector

March 24th, 2011
6:49 pm

@ Last Man
Should we go with your shallow, shortsighted comments or look at the recent history of the big tent, aka Republican Party, to see how they treated Michael Steele

Lets go with the latter

Alabama Communist

March 24th, 2011
6:51 pm

No doubt Herman has a sucidal desire to be a Slave again under the present day Republican Tea Party agenda..

Definitely White Water, (yeah).

March 24th, 2011
6:58 pm

The water is not the point. It tastes the same for some folks, but for others there’s a bitter taste to the white water. I think there should have been a third spigot used as a control to see if the water from the third, unracially specific faucet tastes the same.

jconservative

March 24th, 2011
7:00 pm

My take on this story is a little different than the other comments.
So hear me out please.

Two black guys, Herman Cain and Barack Obama.

One a southern black raised in the segregated South (Cain), the other raised in a multi-cultural Hawaii (Obama).

One raised by blacks (Cain), and the other raised by whites (Obama).

One educated in public schools (Cain), the other educated in an exclusive private Christian school (Obama).

Both college educated, one in his hometown (Cain-Morehouse College) and the other out of town (Obama-Columbia University).

Both with advanced degrees, (Cain-Mathematics-Purdue University), (Obama-Law-Harvard University).

Both successful in their careers (Cain-business), Obama (politics).

Both stories are storybook stuff. Stuff you cannot make up. Only in America stories.

Whether you like or detest their politics, you must give both men credit for rising above what one would consider the norm for their time.

Both stories would, and probably will, make damn fine movies.

To repeat myself, “only in America”!

These two stories are why I love this country.

Big Nick

March 24th, 2011
7:01 pm

Blacks hate him becuase he became successful the old fashion way….He worked hard, stayed out of trouble, didn’t have 30 kids out of wedlock, didn’t demand “hand outs”, sacraficed and didn’t become successful rapping or playing football or baskerball….

HL

March 24th, 2011
7:02 pm

Truth Be.. No matter what you think about President Obama, you need to do more research on George Soros. He used his money to kill communism.

iRun

March 24th, 2011
7:03 pm

What don’t you people understand??? Illegal is illegal!! What don’t you people understand about the LAW!

He and his brother should have been arrested and deported BACK to Africa for breaking the law.

It’s all about principle!

:p

* If you don’t get the above I got nothing for you.

Kickstart

March 24th, 2011
7:11 pm

Alabama Communist…Thanks for showing us what the intelligence level is for an average Alabama Communist, pretty much the intelligence level of your average Alabama Klansman. If you’re going to post why don’t you try and say something intelligent instead of letting your flawed ideology get in the way.

Last Man Standing

March 24th, 2011
7:11 pm

Serious Robuck:

“Will YOU vote for him over Huckabee or Newt? I can’t imagine it”

Yes, I will vote for Herman Cain over either of them. Newt is a lightning rod and won’t get the nomination. Huckabee is a little too smooth for my taste. I think there is no one more qualified to deal with the budgetary matters of this country than Herman Cain.

That being said, he still remains my second choice. My first choice is NJ Governor Chris Christie, if he even runs. If he doesn’t run, Herman’s my man.

One more thing about Herman Cain: he is a man with principles which has been sorely missing from the presidency.

gm

March 24th, 2011
7:14 pm

Big Nick : Stop your stero type, I guess whites never had babbies out of wedlock idiot?

Hermain Cain has no credibiltiy in the black community, its call reach one teach one, jews and other minorities do it all the time: Black Rep conservatives are not going to elect him, ask Michael Steele about being used.

TRUTH

March 24th, 2011
7:16 pm

LMAO!! THe Bigots on this blog are astounding. Aside from the feeble attempt of Herman Cain, the very guy you people gassed up by listening to him on WSB-Radio, he drank the “white water,” his words…

Now he thinks because he drank the holy conservative wah-tuh, he can do what you do. He’s now officially one of you. We don’t want him back. He’s your next candidate. After he gets clobbered in the Iowa Caucaus, he’ll come back to Atlanta, but his water will have changed to dirt. Wondering if his faux conservative views and his opinion of his “constituents” will have changed.

gm

March 24th, 2011
7:17 pm

Last Man Standing: Thank God President Obama has principles, class and family values, oh I forgot whites never mention his family values because he does not suppose to have any because he is of color.

oldtimer

March 24th, 2011
7:18 pm

Well told story..I wish Mr. Cain success.

Centrist

March 24th, 2011
7:18 pm

@ HL – you either don’t understand the FairTax, or enjoy benefits from the present politically motivated tax system. The FairTax proposal Cain advocates calls for a monthly payment to all family households of lawful U.S. residents as an advance rebate, or “prebate”, of tax on purchases up to the poverty level. With the rebate taken into consideration, the FairTax would be PROGRESSIVE on consumption, and broaden the tax base where cheaters and political loopholes mostly for the wealthy would be closed.

It will never be allowed to pass since Congress uses the current tax system to reward contributors, friends, and themselves.

Marco Polo

March 24th, 2011
7:24 pm

Big Nick please put down the meth pipe.

RGB

March 24th, 2011
7:26 pm

Mr. Cain should be applauded for the lesson he learned as a young boy. He could have kept that story in his heart and used it to perpetually bash those who imposed segregated water fountains (and many other terrible things) on him. Some people make a handsome living doing just that.

Instead, Mr. Cain realized that society changed over time and for the most part righted the wrongs. He doesn’t use past discrimination as a crutch, rather he seeks solutions that will benefit ALL Americans.

I admire Mr. Cain greatly. If you’ll give him a chance you will too. I don’t know of any prospective candidate of either party who has the character, temperament, judgment, and knowledge that Mr. Cain possesses.

Go get ‘em Herman!!

cam

March 24th, 2011
7:30 pm

Cain has the potential to be an excellent candidate, but he needs to quit pandering to the far right fringe element of the Republican Party.

TRUTH

March 24th, 2011
7:34 pm

@Big Nick… you, sir, are a complete and utter idiot. To make such an ignorant remark truely shoes your level of classLESSness. I’m sure that you further detest those African Americans that graduated high school, college, served this country in combat (three times), fathered and RAISED four young African American children into adulthood, all with college degrees (without a cent from HOPE) through college funds and scholarships earned by them, I’m sure you can’t stand our existence because we robbed your ignorant, short sighted, meth induced, excuse of a life self from bolstering your hateful and woefully stupid comment.

Here’s a clue to you and the rest that believe that line of thinking, ALL RACES HAVE THOSE WE ARE PROUD OF AND THOSE WE’D RATHER NOT CONSIDER BEING REPRESENTATIVE OF WHO WE ARE OR WHAT WE REPRESENT. We have idiots in the Black community, Crime in the Black community, Welfare in the Black Community, but it completely incenses me that you in the majority try to paint things as if you have geniuses among you. For everything I’ve listed as being in the Black community, you have it in your community. Its just not splattered all over the TV at night. Just watch and see how many people of color faces are put up and your news stories are just that, a byline without a face to assign it too (so I guess its not a white person who did that). I’m truly sick and tired at the pot shots taken at BLACK people by you bigots.

Then you run ad hide behind…”I’m not racist!!” No, you’re a bigot…

guy

March 24th, 2011
7:34 pm

You get someone like Cain who is a realist and does not want something for nothing and blacks won’t support him. If he promises something for nothing like obama he gets their vote.What in the hell in reality has obama done for blacks anyway? Nothing except con them for their vote.It’s sad that some folks of all race will fall for bullcrap.Wake up America!!!!!!!

Truth Squad

March 24th, 2011
7:35 pm

“…..Obama has lost the independent vote so he will not be re-elected…..”

Are these the Independents that said they would vote for Charlie Sheen over Sarah Palin?

You really kind of feel sorry for the hyper-partisans on the Right. They really want to believe that the country is as angry and bitter and obsessed about President Obama as they seem to be on every issue.

Only those that can’t read past exit polls, or the electoral college map believe that the Republicans are going to beat Obama in 2012. No California, no New York, no Virginia, no Wisconsin, no Michigan, no Colorado, no Nevada, no state in the entire Northeast or West Coast.

Even worse case,Obama need only win every state Al Gore won plus one. Think about that for a moment. He could lose North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Indiana and still win. Remember that Republicans have to make up a deficit of 365-173 electoral votes. Unless you dig up Reagan, it just isn’t happening.

That’s all added to the fact that Republicans have lost the popular vote 5 out of the last 6 times and will lose the women vote, every community of color by more than 2-1, and the under 65 vote and there just not enough votes.

That’s why we see fringe candidates like Newt and Herman Cain in the race while the rest are waiting around trying to figure out a path through Obama/Biden to 270 electoral votes. Time grows short.

Marco Polo

March 24th, 2011
7:40 pm

Guy are you and Big Nick smoking from the same meth pipe? I am sure there are plenty of Blacks here in Atlanta who will support Herman Cain. After all he is a product of Atlanta and Morehouse College.

Atlanta1

March 24th, 2011
7:41 pm

Wow… Lot’s of garbage here.

Here’s the net-net of it all. Herman Cain is at the very least – honest. He tells you where he stands. You don’t have to like it, but at least you know.

Unlike the other’s who are lining up to run against our sitting President and the President himself – he is honest and doesn’t sit and position.

I do not agree with everything Herman Cain believes; but I do believe that Herman Cain would make an outstanding President, and ‘at worst’ will shake up the field and force some not so candid politicians to take some solid stands on issues.

For those who believe that our sitting President will be re-elected or for those who believe he has no chance; the jury is still out. Much can happen over the next year to 18 months that will influence his popularity. Never count a sitting President out.

Personally… I’ve already sent Herman Cain money and will continue to do so. Will volunteer time with his campaign. As for the ‘haters’ on this blog (both black and white) – Herman Cain is not a ’sell out’, nor does he give whites a ‘free pass’ on the past. If you have listened enough to his show – then you would know that.

You do not have to be white to be a bigot. AJC blogs reinforce this all the time. It also reinforces that there are plenty of white bigots out there as well. So ‘easy’ to hide behind a computer. Pathetic.

Last Man Standing

March 24th, 2011
7:42 pm

gm:

“Hermain Cain has no credibiltiy in the black community, its call reach one teach one, jews and other minorities do it all the time:”

I understand you, gm. Herman Cain “has no credibility in the vlack community” because he ain’t “black enough”. Yeah, I hear you. . .

Centrist

March 24th, 2011
7:43 pm

@ Truth Squad – I agree that the R’s are going to have trouble. Not only does the incumbency greatly help, but there is no consensus R nominee (again), the liberal media is firmly with Obama, and there are probably no east coast or left coast states which will switch from blue to red.

sam

March 24th, 2011
7:47 pm

he’s boortz beotch

Serious Robuck

March 24th, 2011
7:50 pm

Last Man, I’m impressed. I would never ever have figured you as a man who would vote for a black man. Never, ever. And I’ve been reading what you write here for a lot longer than I’ve been posting.

Wouldn’t your property values in East Cobb plummet if he moved in next door? Wouldn’t your schools there go to hell in short order? Hell, you might have to move to Dawson County, Last Man.

All that said, maybe someone will show up in the GOP who can beat Obama. I’m certainly not saying he’s invulnerable. Many of us on the left see him as all too ready to cozy up to Republican nut cases.

But sorry, nobody’s yet on the scene, Old Buddy. By the way, I agree with you about Newt. He is a lightning rod, and for good reason. I think if this little slutty tart he’s now married to had been Jewish, he’d be out there blowing his hot air while wearing a yamulke.

HL

March 24th, 2011
7:51 pm

Centrist. The Fair Tax is Progressive on Consumption… So if I earn 50,000 a year and spend all of it..wahoo..my tax is 30 percent….If I am Bill Gates my tax is ten percent… wahoo.
The Wall Street Journal did an analysis and said the percent would have to be 30 percent.
Since the tax is built in, it is not based on the number one. Yeah..I actually studied the fair tax…

Otis

March 24th, 2011
7:56 pm

Black people feel the same way about a black man who thinks like a white man, as white people feel about a white man who thinks like a black man. Why should black people support Herman Cain and Clarence Thomas?

Sitting Bull

March 24th, 2011
8:00 pm

I thought that water fountain was broke

well'swell

March 24th, 2011
8:00 pm

The “big deal” Herman C–n is that you were mandated BY LAW to assume the role of 2nd class citizen. You were thought to be foul and unclean, so much so that it was not allowed for your lips or those of your people to share the spigot of a water fountain with what was accepted and promoted as a superior race. I hope that clears it up for you, and anyone else who may be so confused.

embarrassed

March 24th, 2011
8:00 pm

Herman Cain is an embarrassment to the Black race. I have no problem with him being conservative or anyone else for that matter. We are all screwed. What angers me about the guy is his arrogance and ignorance in thinking that the Bush Administration had nothing to do with the recession and Obama is the worse thing to ever come along since cancer. NO one could do any better. The guy was dealt a no win hand and anybody with a lick of sense knows this. Herman Cain, you are a joke and when you get humiliated in New Hampshire and Iowa maybe WSB will have a show for you in the 2 am timeslot.

FairTax

March 24th, 2011
8:12 pm

Cain’s got a little more on experience than “6 months of employment in the private sector” and “community organizer” on his resume.

DannyX

March 24th, 2011
8:12 pm

I was thirsty and needed a drink of water.

There was a man drinking from the fountain he looked like a Muslim, that made me a little nervous initially but only to find out that he’s a Christian.

Buck

March 24th, 2011
8:18 pm

Herman Cain is as real as they get. He “gets” what it takes to run a business successfully and will lead this nation back our of the gutter! He has the guts to tell it like it is not matter how brutal. This isn’t going to be easy turning off the entitlement society that both sides of the aisles have created but if anyone can do it, Cain can. He doesn’t use a script or a teleprompter. Even Pawlenty who is a politician has a self serving agenda and uses notes. He told a group of college Repubs in Iowa a few weeks ago that he wanted their opinion on how he could ” seek the social conservatives votes” in Iowa. Now that is brilliant isn’t it? That’s called self serving agenda, People. WAKE UP!
GO CAIN!

DannyX

March 24th, 2011
8:18 pm

Cain wasn’t qualified to be Governor of Georgia but is somehow qualified to be president?

GJJR

March 24th, 2011
8:21 pm

Wow, BigNick:
Blacks hate him because he became successful the old fashion way….He worked hard, stayed out of trouble, didn’t have 30 kids out of wedlock, didn’t demand “hand outs”, sacrificed and didn’t become successful rapping or playing football or basketball…. I corrected several of your words but I think maybe you should go to the doctor and get something for your tunnel vision. You have a bad case.