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Herman Cain Will Never Get Serious Consideration From Blacks on Democratic Plantation

I am a proud graduate of Morehouse College. I am among a distinguished group of alumni who include Martin Luther King Jr., Edwin Moses, Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Maynard Jackson and current Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. It is unfortunate that most African Americans will not give Cain any objective consideration simply because he is a member of the Republican Party. This confuses me and is also an issue of consternation when we look at the history of African Americans.

Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, once served as a Federal Reserve Bank chairman in Kansas City, takes heat from the Republicans just as much as the general black community, including former Bush adviser Karl Rove and conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, who said his campaign was all about “entertainment.”

Although a long shot and the fact that many consider Barack Obama, America’s first African American president, Cain, if elected, would really be the first black president. This is not about his skin color, but rather his experience. His experiences and history of a robbed heritage, are more akin to most African Americans than that of President Obama. Obama can speak of his lineage in Kenya through his father and Ireland through his mother. Most African Americans cannot trace their family history to any specific person, time or place in Africa.

Cain, the son of a chauffeur and a domestic worker in Georgia, graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in mathematics, and he earned a master’s degree at Purdue before joining the Navy. His rose in the corporate world, first at Coca-Cola and then at the Pillsbury Company, where he was an executive overseeing Burger King before becoming chief executive at Godfather’s Pizza.

Cain, 65, will push for new energy policies to make the United States less dependent on foreign oil. In a recent interview he said, “My great, great grandparents were slaves, and now I’m running for president of the United States of America. Is this a great country or what?”

Cain also upset many tea party supporters when he stated that African Americans are too poor to tea party. “They can’t afford to,” he said. “So I think the first reason is economics. If you just look at the sheer economics of it. If you look at the typical income of a black family of four, it’s going to be lower than a non-black or white family of four.”

I am a libertarian and see no big difference between Democrats or Republicans inside the Beltway. My reality is that Cain’s experiences are closer to mine than Obama’s. It was Democrats that fought against integration, both in the North and South. It was the Democrat-controlled state legislatures in the South that placed the Confederate battle emblem on their state flags. The Democrats founded the KKK and the Council of Conservative Citizens. Then Senator John F. Kennedy — with an eye on the Democratic presidential nomination for 1960 — voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

Cain has no chance because African American myopia will vote for anyone who is a Democrat without question. The sad fact is Democrats are happy to see blacks ask the government to do for them and take the black vote for granted. The way I see it, Democrats are like Church’s Fried Chicken and the Republicans are Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Democrats will sell us foods that kill us, and set up shop throughout our communities. We accept it without question for that is the reality on any plantation, whether Democratic or Republican. –torrance t. stephens, ph.d.


  1. SugaBeezyBaby!!! on August 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Did you watch the debate ? They did not really mention him, the media treats him like the help!!! Blackthoughtzzz!!!!

  2. Calvin Lionel Nicholson on August 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Uhm, why would any serious Black person consider this clown for President?  Any Black who demonizes immigrants and Muslims (many of whom are Black) has no place leading this nation – since he or she is too stupid or cynical to recognize their own history?

  3. Chester Harris on August 14, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Rob Redding says all of you no matter Democrat or Republican are on the plantation, great talk show

  4. Anonymous on August 14, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Too, Mr. Stephens, what is the difference between being on the so called Democratic Plantation, and the Republican Plantation? Why is it that you have some blacks, like Mr. Stephens, thinks that black people, who are either a part of or vote Democrat, are in many ways, slaves. It is like, we cannot think for ourselves, or something of that nature. First, and foremost, speaking for myself, I am not a slave. I do understand the past history of the Democratic Party, however, we are in the 21st century, and the Democratic Party, is not the same party that it was in 50 or 60 years ago, and same thing about the Republican party. 

    Let’s be honest, I am not trying to defend the Democratic Party. There are some issues and policies that I do not agree with, however, if the Republican Party are not coming into the black community and speak to black folks, then, why should black people vote for the Republican party. 

    As for Mr. Cain, when you demonize people, who may be of a different religion, based on what happen on Sept. 11, then why should I vote for him. Sure, he has very much success in the corporate world, but I would like to know what he would do with Social Security, or Medicare, or about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Other, than that, I just really cannot take the man seriously. 

  5. vixenth on August 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Best article ever written on this site! You are so right about black and the demmie party and Obama. I’m a blk repub that voted for Obama because John picked Palin so I had no choice but to trade on my party.   Obama has proven time and time again that the lil blk people that voted for him are just that votes just like every other white President.  The debt ceiling settlement sealed that topic.  Blacks will NEVER get someone in office that can completely focus on their issues because our issues need tobe taken care of on a community basis, not federal/national.  National level issues are a collective based issue format for ALL Americans. 

  6. Ajani on August 19, 2011 at 8:25 am

    you obviously didnt see him during the straw poll in Iowa. It was embarrassing and he is ill equipped to run the country…but then again, the republicans did hire Bush and America is still paying the debt.  

  7. Uncle chuck2 on May 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    This article is dated 8/12/2011, why is it being run NOW?