When Barack Obama dedicates MLK memorial, Herman Cain will be in audience

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain greets supporters during a campaign appearance Saturday in Harriman, Tenn. AP/Michael Patrick, Knoxville News Sentinel

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain greets supporters during a campaign appearance Saturday in Harriman, Tenn. AP/Michael Patrick, Knoxville News Sentinel

A couple points worth noting in a piece just moved by Shannon McCaffrey of the Associated Press out of Tennessee:

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain said Saturday he’ll go toe-to-toe with Rick Perry for the GOP primary’s critical evangelical vote.

In an interview, Cain said the Texas governor “thought he had carved out that niche, when he didn’t own that niche by himself.”

“People are realizing that he is not the only Christian conservative in this race,” Cain [said] at a campaign stop in Harriman, Tenn., where he spoke before close to 1,000 tea party activists.

The Georgia businessman and former radio talk show host is giving himself a little wiggle room with the phrase, but “not the only Christian conservative” isn’t just a slap at Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It’s certainly a way to highlight GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s religion.

More importantly, Cain will be in the Washington D.C. audience tomorrow when President Barack Obama dedicates the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial:

Cain also said he will attend the dedication of a memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall in Washington. Cain said he’ll be a guest of Alveda King, the civil rights pioneer’s niece and an anti-abortion activist. Cain called King, “one of my personal heroes.”

Democratic President Barack Obama, the man Cain wants to replace in the White House, is set to address Sunday’s event.

Cain has drawn criticism from, some in the black community for his views on race.

At a campaign stop Saturday Cain accused liberals of playing the race card “until it’s the joker in the deck.”

“America isn’t worried about color. It’s worried about content, character and ideas,” he said. “It ain’t about race.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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119 comments Add your comment

SAWB

October 15th, 2011
9:05 pm

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could really finally move past race? The funny thing is it seems like whites are a lot more ready to do so than blacks. Obama could not have won without White Voters and the leading Republican candidate right now is an African American. However, many Black Leaders still act like we are living in the Jim Crow era or something. Maybe if African Americans could move past racial divisions we would all be a lot closer to seeing Dr. King’s dream become reality.

Tom E. Gunn

October 15th, 2011
9:15 pm

The LEADERS of people of color don’t want to move past it, it would put them out of business.

Cobb GOPer

October 15th, 2011
9:21 pm

A good friend asked if I’d meet with Herman Cain in 2004 in preperation for his U.S. Senate race. I agreed. My intention was to tell Herman to forget about it! Isakson had paid his dues, and much like Coverdell, would have the nomination wrapped up before qualifying. But, after listening to Herman Cain talk passionately about his vision for America, I wanted to join his team. He rekindled a fire in me that I hadn’t felt since the 92 U.S. Senate race.

On race: I obviously recognized that Herman was a black man, but after 10 minutes of discussion I simply saw him as a conservative leader who could carry the message with passion and fire up folks from all walks of life. Growing up in Coffe County, I always laughed at my Atlanta friends in college. They reacted to people of color differently than “white” folks. But, I’d grown up in a 50/50 school. Whites and blacks learned, played and ate together every day. We didn’t go to “Walton” or “South Cobb”. We just went to school. Maybe my ability to see past Herman’s color had something to do with the way I grew up. However, I would like to believe it was because we both had a passion for America and that drew us together. Either way, I’m just dang glad I had the opportunity to work with Herman. I know that I’m a better person because of it.

After working with Herman for the entire 2004 primary, I can promise you this. He means every word he says and when he goes to sleep at night, he doesn’t have a single regret. Herman Cain is a man of vision and character. He’d be a great President and no matter what the outcome of this race will be a man I respect.

R.Bino

October 15th, 2011
9:22 pm

The “move” is occurring…..just hope it’s not too late!??

gman

October 15th, 2011
9:29 pm

You southern gentlemen will never let Herman “Silas” Cain run the Barkley Ranch!

Bill Orvis White

October 15th, 2011
9:34 pm

There’s no doubt that MLK would be a conservative today-like the one rightful daughter that he had. Dr. King would be denouncing his Communist past while talking about free markets, opportunity for the black man in business with a dedication go God + family. Mr. Cain comes close to what MLK would look like today. Amen, Bill

The Snark

October 15th, 2011
9:43 pm

SAWB: This white boy agrees completely with your plea that we finally move past race. All my black friends agree too. They would love NOTHING better than to move past race. Now, if only we could get the rest of the white folks to agree, we might put this whole race thing to bed once and for all. ‘Cause I don’t think the black folks bear the primary responsibility for keeping it going.

Corey

October 15th, 2011
9:51 pm

Isn’t it funny that only Mr. Cain has eleuded to race during this campaign season. Black walnut. Blacks brainwashed etc. No one else has gone that far. Mr. Cain wants to have his cake and eat it too.

will

October 15th, 2011
9:58 pm

Corey, you wouldn’t know race baiting if it bit you in the A$$. Do you not read the paper or watch TV??? Belafonte, Cornel West!!!! Come on man, either get up to speed on the issues or shut up!

Off de Plantation

October 15th, 2011
9:58 pm

If only AFRICAN Americans would just become Americans at least, or rather Black Americans at most. Why must the first allegiance be to Africa? By the way, work in Africa sometime and you’ll see that the REAL Africans aren’t African, they are tribal people and identify them selves with the various tribes, then nations. Africa is a continent of whites, mullatos, tan-skin, black and other racials thrown in. As for me, I happen to be an American…of Irish descent…not Irish-American!!!

the teacher

October 15th, 2011
9:59 pm

So King would support raising taxes on low income people and lowering the taxes for the wealthy. Thats 999. Its raising your taxes on everything from milk to bread to gas. I guess King would end social security and medicare too. Cain is the rich man’s best friend because he is black. If a white republican said 999 he would be through. The other right wingers at the bottom of the pack seem afraid to confront black moses for now. Why? His simple plan is just that, simple. His has used the reverse race card just like B. Hall did. Good try Morehouse man. Sell your books, do your talk show and make more money. Truth crushed will rise. White folks like you cause you hate us

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

October 15th, 2011
10:04 pm

Mr. Cain, we can get past race when you shut up about it. “Blacks are brainwashed”. “I’ll deliver 1/3 of the Black vote” “authentic Black experience” “strong Black man” and so on and so forth.

Hypocrite. You will make a perfect Fox news anchor when you do not win the presidency.

fish

October 15th, 2011
10:09 pm

@the Teacher, you might just want learn want all 99 gets rid of before you moan about what it does.
A simple tax code would almost get rid of all tax fraud, all tax loopholes, and many other inefficient
revenue streams that the federal government has screwed up in the name of votes buying.
Go back to school.

t-bone

October 15th, 2011
10:14 pm

Dr. King wanted people to be judged by the content of their character and he wanted equal opportunity for all. Herman Cain has achieved the dream by educating himself and working hard, not by “slipping through the cracks” when someone was’t looking despite what Harry Belafonte thinks. He would never accuse Oprah or Obama of “slipping through the cracks” but since Cain is Conservative then he must be demonized. It’s sad. Herman Cain deserves respect for what he has accomplished even from those who don’t hold the same political views. When liberals cannot win the debate they resort to name calling and verbal put-downs.

LOL

October 15th, 2011
10:16 pm

You voted for Obama to prove you werent a racist. Vote for Cain to prove you arent an idiot.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

October 15th, 2011
10:30 pm

It’s funny that Mr. Cain thinks America doesn’t care about color. While the rest of Black America was out fighting for civil rights, shedding blood and learning firsthand that in fact many in America do CARE passionately about race and wanted to make sure that some of us stayed in our place, Mr. Cain was hiding behind a book on the advice of his sellout Daddy.

This crazy bigoted man will say anything to be president. He hates EVERYBODY: blacks. Muslims, Hispanic immigrants and he has the gall to act as though America only cares about character when he leads the way to marginalize and demonize various groups.

Worst of all, he is allowing himself to be used and badly. There is no way he will win the presidency but now the Tea Partiers will paste bumper stickers with his name on them on the backs of their pickups and claim that they are not racist. Sheesh.

DannyX

October 15th, 2011
10:46 pm

“Vote for Cain to prove you arent an idiot.”

Yes vote for Cain and his Jesus scar, prove you aren’t an idiot.

LMAO!

James gray

October 15th, 2011
11:13 pm

I will vote for Cain in the republican primary. Then I will work for the reelection of the best president that we have had in my life time. If king had not been murdered he would probably do the same

Frederick Douglass

October 15th, 2011
11:16 pm

No black person other than Herman Cain is sitting at the feet of white people seeking counsel on race relations. Y’all want blacks to forget about race, when many of you demanded a black sitting president show his papers, when blacks have been hounded and terrorized almost unabatedly since the end of the civil war. Someone, I can’t recall who, once said, physician heal thy self.

VIETNAMVET

October 15th, 2011
11:18 pm

This Bull B%*T about moving past race is just that. When we first see a person two thing are glaring us in the face GENDER and RACE..

How the hell can one get past that. The very people who are always bring it up are the same ones who have difficulty abour moving past it. (See HC)

One other statement that has nothing to do with the previous statements: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not a Republican. If he were a Rep, why did he not support GOLDWATER. PLEASE PEOPLE STOP TELLING THAT LIE!!

Alabama Communist

October 15th, 2011
11:46 pm

Much More Breaking News On Brother Cain becoming the Next MLK Of The Republican Tea Party.. A campaign Spokensperson for the Cain Campaign said today” That Brother Cain was to be ignored if he says anything political or gives campaign speechs that might make people think he is not what they thought he was. It has been reveal to us that a Group of Midget Wall Street Protestors Communist Gay Muslins Atheists Ron Paul types have occupy his Skull last night claiming that it was empty with enough space to support the entired Atlanta Falcons Offensive Line. Whatever Mr Cain says in Public in the next few days, disregard his comments.”

Dave

October 15th, 2011
11:51 pm

Vietvet he was until JFK cut the deal to get him out of gsp. It’s history dude all you have to do is read the books

Dave

October 15th, 2011
11:55 pm

You libs love to talk about HATERS but once you start talking about a black conserative you expose who the real HATERS are.

The mind

October 15th, 2011
11:56 pm

Corey you are crazy. You never heard the comments by Cornel West, Harry Belefonte, Morgan Freeman, Ed Sultze and other liberals. Uncle Tom, Oreo, and other N word that I can’t comment on.

Know A Tom When See A Tom

October 15th, 2011
11:59 pm

All and I mean all blacks know uncle Tom Herm is a (nickel a dozen) uncle Tom for the tea party. All blacks know that he’s being used to talk badly about blacks now so he can help the teapartyers TALK about RACE, BLACKS & OBAMA, all while saying we’re not RACIST look Herman Cain said it. Blacks have seen this before, whites hold one uncle Tom up and say all blacks need to act like this Tom. Blacks know self made wealthy blacks from Bonifided white installed puppets. You whites on this forum can forget about changing any true black people about Cain, we see through him. Hahahaha Hahaha we’ve seen this for 400 years!!

Devil's Advocate

October 16th, 2011
12:02 am

SAWB,

If what you said is true then why do so many whites on the far right cry about black voters being racist to vote for Obama when blacks have been voting heavy Democrat since JFK became a “hero” in the black community? Claiming that whites are more prepared to move past race is simply more finger pointing by saying “my side is right and your side is wrong” which is what every race, political party, sports fanbase, etc does.

SAWB

October 16th, 2011
12:07 am

“All and I mean all blacks know uncle Tom Herm is a (nickel a dozen) uncle Tom for the tea party. All blacks know that he’s being used to talk badly about blacks now so he can help the teapartyers TALK about RACE, BLACKS & OBAMA, all while saying we’re not RACIST look Herman Cain said it. Blacks have seen this before, whites hold one uncle Tom up and say all blacks need to act like this Tom. Blacks know self made wealthy blacks from Bonifided white installed puppets. You whites on this forum can forget about changing any true black people about Cain, we see through him. Hahahaha Hahaha we’ve seen this for 400 years!!”

I am not sure if this is a joke, but if someone really belives this it is sad and I wonder if there is hope for any of us.

SAWB

October 16th, 2011
12:14 am

“why do so many whites on the far right cry about black voters being racist to vote for Obama”

I am by no means a linguist, but I fail to see how the term “racist” would apply in your example. This is a prime example of how some people have so misused the word that most people do not even know what it means anymore. Now if someone simply disagrees with an African American on a philosophical issue they are a racist. The danger is that when true racism emerges, as I know it still does sometimes, no one listens because everyone is crying wolf.

Devil's Advocate

October 16th, 2011
12:18 am

And what’s the deal with telling blacks to get over the AFRICAN American thing when Italian, Irish, German, Polish, etc Americans have been at each other’s throats for centuries in this country? Yes, America is so racist at the core that racism has involved white vs white all along. People are just too ignorant to understand that despite skin tone being similar, Irish vs Italian (and others) is still racism. It even extends past race to religion when you bring in the negative treatment of Jews in America, yet we two-face and say we must stand with Israel. I’ve even heard some WASPs say the only reason they are pro-Israel is because the Bible says those who stand with Israel will be blessed. Those people are blatantly trying to use Israel for their own salvation and not because they think it’s the right thing to do.

Get off the high horse and face the problem! Americans love to hate anyone and everyone they can.

melvinowens

October 16th, 2011
12:20 am

herman cain is out of the same mold as clarence thomas. another white ass kissing uncle tom

Devil's Advocate

October 16th, 2011
12:22 am

SAWB,

At least you’re being fair about saying “everyone is crying wolf.”

Know A Tom When See A Tom

October 16th, 2011
12:27 am

SAWB, it’s easy where was Cain when we had Dubya? Whites (teapartyers) wanted the the other Tom (former RNC chair) Steele to fell the bill but he couldn’t cut it, so they picked up uncle toms Tim Scott, Allen West and few other uncle toms often featured on FOX NEWS. Blacks know there wouldn’t be these TOMS if we didn’t have OBAMA. Like I said where was these toms before Obama in the media and on FOX NEWS. The whites on this forum must be smoking Meth,if they think they’re fooling blacks. HaHaHa, Hahaha.

SAWB

October 16th, 2011
12:27 am

“Americans love to hate anyone and everyone they can.”

I am afraid you are right, but I think you may need to be a little more objective when you look to see who those people truly are. While I can understand why groups who have been oppressed in the past would be angry I fail to see how those attitudes move us forward. Much of the acts that anger people were committed in the past by people who are no longer here. I have never owned a slave, burned a cross or blown up a Temple and I fail to see how holding me or my generation responsible for these acts does any good.

Know A Tom When See A Tom

October 16th, 2011
12:39 am

Easy SAWB look at the teapartys actions last year

SAWB

October 16th, 2011
12:45 am

“Easy SAWB look at the teapartys actions last year”

Well, I am not a member of the Tea Party and guess what neither are most white people. However, just for fun can you provide some examples of the behavior that you feel was racist? Remember just disagreeing with Obama, supporting the Constitution or calling for fiscal reform does not make someone racist.

Acer706

October 16th, 2011
12:57 am

Tom When I See:

You do not make an argument at all. Which actions? Facts or examples will make your argument credible.

KBB

October 16th, 2011
1:19 am

Usually the very people that are always saying “can BLACK PEOPLE just get over race!”, are the ones that harbor the racist views. Race is still a huge issue in this country. Its hard to “get over it” when its smacking you in the face on a daily basis

BOB

October 16th, 2011
5:02 am

gman @9:29 – that is right, cain needs to get his own ranch to run.

Black female, conservative Democrat

October 16th, 2011
5:17 am

These first two paragraphs I sent to Cain’s office this week:

As a “conservative Democrat,” and a Black professional woman who is a strong proponent of personal responsibility, I want to suggest you change the approach to your “race” discussion.

You will gain more Black support if you simply push the ‘victors, not victims’ mentality. There are many who feel that much of what is happening in the Black community is NOT always the White man’s fault. BUT to denigrate all Blacks who are Democrats, or use inflammatory language–”plantation, etc.”–isn’t helpful. It’s divisive. I have MANY friends who think like me, and other Black friends who think I’m too hard on Blacks because I don’t keep claiming that slavery is the reason why the Black community is the way it is today. I say no more excuses. But I suggest you just push the positive message of self-determination, and tell people they can push past their circumstances and that in this great country you CAN achieve.

NOW…That said, no one should think for one second that racism is dead. Whites need to own that they started the problem in this country centuries ago. (If you hit me, and I hit you back, am I initially racist, or responsive?) Whites need to call out the guilty parties in their race when they see it happening. Blacks need to stop claiming that it occurs for all issues affecting their lives.

Why is rich dark color so good in all other aspects of life–plants, art, food, etc.–but despised when it comes to skin color?

At the end of a book called “Living Well Despite Catchin’ Hell’ (a health, sex & happiness book geared to Black women, but good for all to read), there’s a “Tough Love” section for Blacks. Whites and Blacks should check it out. [Ex: “Stop rebelling against the country in which you were born”; return to “American–Black American, not “African-American” (for native-born American Blacks, etc.)

In short, Whites need to own racism more (and admonish their own who exhibit it), and Blacks need to stop claiming it for all things.

The Centrist

October 16th, 2011
6:31 am

It appears that some responded to Cain’s opinion of the State of Race Relations in the same way that some responded to Trent Lotts opinion that the State of Race Relations would have been better had Strom Thurmond had become POTUS rathet than Harry Truman.

Minister Zel

October 16th, 2011
6:33 am

Interesting that Herman Cain thinks race doesn’t matter to voters. Where has he been since Pres. Obama’s election? Has he not seen the hate filled comments on blogs about the Pres.’s place of birth despite the evidence to the contrary? Did he not see the racist rants of Tea Party members in Washington to black members of Congress? Herman Cain is a louder version of Clarence Thomas. Cain’s agenda is his own. He cares little about the plight of the poor in the US – be they white or black. His agenda is promoting the ultra rich at the expense of the middle class and poor. The color I see when I view Cain is green. The same folks who love Clarence Thomas love Herman Cain. People of good will with compassion and empathy for all do not support either. When Herman Cain doesn’t win the GOP nomination, he might have a different view on race in that party. It will be interesting to watch.

The Doctor

October 16th, 2011
6:35 am

Black Female, conservative Democrat. Just a short reply. Blacks need to understand that the Democrat Party is the party of the KKK. All the southern racists up until the 70’s were demorats including Georgie Wallas. It was the republicans in congress pressuring the Dems to pass the Civil rights Act that were responsible for the passage of that Act. Senator Robert Bird (D) was high up in the KKK and personally recruited 150 into the KKK. It is part of the reason that Dr. Martin Luther King was a registered Republican. In other words, Abraham Lincoln was a Republican when the North defeated the South. Therefore, all southern politicians were Democrats and MLK was a republican.
Hermain Cain is correct. The racist Democrats “fooled or brainwashed” the blacks into believing that they are the party for them. All they did was find a way to keep blacks enslaved to them and the government while destroying the black family through suposedly “helpful programs” for the black community.

Smoke

October 16th, 2011
6:38 am

The real news is that Herman Cain is the only GOP candidate who plans to attend the memorial. Has anyone heard if Rush, Boortz, etal, or inside the Beltway folks like Boehner or McConnell, or Cantor plan to attend?

Smoke

October 16th, 2011
6:44 am

Do not let anyone fool you, food stamps not a government program for Blacks. It is a program that, for the most part, subsidizes the agricultural industry on one side, and allows business and industry to increase their profits by paying lower wages on the other.

Smoke

October 16th, 2011
6:47 am

Section 8 is not a government program for Blacks. It is a program that subsidized a lot of businesses that built substandard houses, charge high rents, and in a lot of cases blame the tenants when things begin to fall apart.

Marco Polo

October 16th, 2011
6:49 am

Instead of attending the MLK Memorial dedication it would be more appropriate for Herman Cain to chauffeur white people around and to not cause any trouble like his daddy taught him.

What a hypocrite Herman Cain is.

Smoke

October 16th, 2011
7:11 am

It is unfortunate that we live in a State where a number of people think social justice is socialism, and that a sociologist is a socialist.

Jack

October 16th, 2011
7:20 am

I’m racist if I claim not to be racist.

Jackie

October 16th, 2011
7:30 am

The lefties need race hatred to move their black vote. No race hatred, no 98% block vote for the democrats. Just like in Atlanta, the closer we get to the elction the more the so called leaders will fan race hatred to keep the black voters in line. They know it’s shameful. They try not to get caught doing it in public but race hatred has worked for the democrats for decades.

dcb

October 16th, 2011
7:38 am

Isn’t it strange that the black race card pops up primarily when a diversion or an excuse is needed, or some type advantage or special consideration is sought.