The folks over at CNN have just sent over a snippet of an interview with actor, singer and political activist Harry Belafonte on “The Joy Behar Show.” The entire interview will be on hold until 10 p.m. Friday on HLN:
A partial transcript:
Behar: ….Now you have someone like Herman Cain –
Behar: Herman Cain.
Belafonte: Herman Cain….
Behar: You know who he is. (Laughs) And he doesn’t believe that racism holds anyone back, in any way now. What do you think about that statement?
Belafonte: It’s very hard to comment on somebody who is so denied intelligence – and certainly who is denied a view of history, such as he reveals. He knows very little. Because he happened to have good fortune, because he happened to have had a moment when he broke through — the moment someone blinked – does not make him the authority on the plight of people of color.
If black people are not having the worst time of it, all you need to do is take a look at the prison system. We have the largest prison population in the world. The largest members of that population are black and people of color….
The Republican party, the tea party, all those forces to the extreme right, have consistently tried to come up with representation for what they call black, for what they call the real Negroes, and try to push these images as the kinds of voices that Americans should be listening to.
So we have Condoleezza Rice, we’ve got Colin Powell – they’re heroes for some people. But for a lot us, they’re not.
And Herman Cain is the latest incarnation of what is totally false to the needs of our community, and the needs of our nation. I think he’s a bad apple, and people should look at his hole card. He’s not what he says he is.
Behar: No, I don’t think he has a prayer in the election, anyway.
Belafonte: I don’t think prayers were created for him.
Here was Cain’s response, via The Hill newspaper in D.C.:
“As far as Harry Belafonte’s comment, look, I left the Democratic plantation a long time ago. And all that they try to do when someone like me — and I’m not the only black person out there that shares these conservative views — the only tactic that they have to try and intimidate me and shut me up is to call me names, and this sort of thing. It just simply won’t work,” Cain said.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider