This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain
The attacks on Herman Cain from the left are gruesome, as Cain is reduced by his attackers to an affirmative action candidate who helps white Republicans hide their racism by allowing them to support a compliant black person for President. The attacks are not “racist,” but they are race-based, as Cain’s race is the reason for and focus of the attacks.
We already have seen on the Saturday Night Card Game how Janeane Garofalo asserted that Cain was gaining popularity in the Republican primaries only because he allows racist “teabaggers” to hide their racism. Numerous left-wing bloggers and pundits argued that Cain was an insult to blacks, a minstrelsy self-loathing figure.
Now they’re claiming that Cain is popular because he knows his place (emphasis mine):
“One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy,” Finney said. “I think he giving that base a free pass. And I think they like him because they think he’s a black man who knows his place. I know that’s harsh, but that’s how it sure seems to me.”
Some NAACP officials have joined in the attacks (emphasis mine):
“He’s engaging in a very dangerous, irresponsible type of rhetoric,” said Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia state conference of the NAACP. “It’s almost like he feels the need to be accepted in a different class or community, and somehow, by portraying his own race or portraying the poor as a problem, it’s going to advance his cause. I think he’s going to find that that’s not true.”
Much as liberal feminists joined in or at least condoned misogynistic attacks on Sarah Palin, liberal civil rights advocates are silent or even join in the race-based attacks on Cain. And in so doing, once again subjugate the principles they espouse to the needs of the Democratic Party.