The political nation has gone crazy with the emergence of one Herman Cain as a legitimate candidate for the Republican nod for President. He is even leading in various straw polls across the country. He has now become more of an interesting character in the media since most people don’t know much about him besides he is the former CEO of Godfather’s pizza. There have been so many “legit” black republican candidates such as Cain but I kind of dismissed Cain as another buffoon as Alan Keyes. It’s something about Herman Cain that doesn’t sit well with me and it’s his disposition on a few things and it’s just not his 9-9-9 plan which sounds like a leftover campaign from his days as CEO of Godfather’s Pizza….9 Pizzas, 9 Dollars, in 9 Minutes…OH YEAH!!…Oh he is serious with that idea huh? *kanye shrug*
The more and more research I did into Herman Cain the more I am starting to believe he is starting to eerily remind me of a covert version of one Uncle Ruckus. Uncle Ruckus is a character from Aaron McGruder‘s award-winning comic strip and cartoon The Boondocks. Uncle Ruckus is a satirical and over the top character that hates everything about him being black. He is the epitome of what people call an Uncle Tom. He even goes as far to say he is really white and has re-vitiligo. Uncle Ruckus downgrades himself any chance he gets to get himself more favor among people. He even has a song he sings about warning white people about black people called “Don’t Trust Them New Niggas”.
Am I ascertaining that Herman Cain is as radical in his thinking as this cartoon character? No, but what I am saying he does have a tendency to separate from his blackness while still carrying his black card. This is the issue many African-American’s have with Cain. Herman Cain is portraying himself as someone who is black but doesn’t want to come off too black so that he can appease much of the Republican base (cough * Tea Party*). First, off I have no problem with Herman Cain being a conservative. I am conservative on certain issues and I am liberal on others (hence the reason I am independent) but I do have a problem with Cain supporting the actions of the Tea Party and his grand sweeping statements about African-Americans. The Tea Party have vehemently shown their acumen for hate repeatedly since their creation (which ironically if we want to believe it or not comes right after the election of a black president).
Cain has admitted himself in his own autobiography that he didn’t do anything during the Civil Rights movement but just sat in the back of the bus. Herman Cain tries to flip this and say he was too young to do anything during the Civil Rights movement when he was in college from 1963-1967 in Atlanta at Morehouse College (Martin Luther King Jr.’s alma mater). I am not saying that every black person during that time had to be on the front lines of the movement because a there were many people who assisted with solidarity and background support. But, how was Herman Cain at Morehouse during the height of the movement and didn’t do anything? He would go on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and try to say he had a sick family member and that’s why he didn’t help out in the movement. Once again there is no mention of this in his book. This same man who said he didn’t do much to help out Civil Rights or any movement in the community is the same person that wants to go forth and tell African-American’s how they should be voting and that they are “brainwashed”?
Who is Herman Cain to make statements about African-Americans when he has admitted himself that he hasn’t done much of anything besides be a hard-working man working his way up through corporate America? That’s great and Cain should be applauded for what he accomplished in his career but running a country when you didn’t make a contribution or work to make a difference “where you came from”. Sounds a little Uncle Ruckus like doesn’t it?
The Uncle Ruckus character is an over the top self-hating person and even though I wouldn’t say Herman Cain is necessarily Uncle Ruckus. I will say his appeasement to the Republican base by non-acknowledge of his race as much as possible is the thing that puts him into those radars. Cain gives the presence of a black man but at the same time never he is never too black to offend his conservative base. It seems like it’s a case of Herman Cain using his conservative idea combined with his “blackness” to make the Republican Party feel that he can be the “Great Conservative Kryptonite” for Obama.
Are Uncle Ruckus and Herman Cain the same? Of course not but they do have some similar qualities. Here are some quotes from Herman Cain that makes you take notice and question his ability to not only relate to Black America but America itself:
If the world market believed that we were serious about energy independence and we were going to utilize all of our own existing resources, the speculators would stop speculating up they start speculating down as we get our own oil out of the ground.
African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view. I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative. So it’s just brainwashing and people not being open minded, pure and simple.
The only tactic liberals have is to try to intimidate people into thinking that the Tea Party is racist. The Tea Party is not a racist movement, period! If it were, why would the straw polls keep showing that the black guy is winning? That’s a rhetorical question. Let me state it: The black guy keeps winning.
I am an American. Black. Conservative. I don’t use African-American, because I’m American, I’m black and I’m conservative. I don’t like people trying to label me. African- American is socially acceptable for some people, but I am not some people.
What are your thoughts on the Herman Cain and his legitimacy?? Does he bear any similarity to the satirical character of Uncle Ruckus?
- Herman Cain: ‘There Really Is’ A Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan (huffingtonpost.com)
- I Really Love Pat Buchanan (ashy2classy.net)
- 3 Reasons You Should Be Disappointed Herman Cain Dropped Out (ashy2classy.net)
- Herman Cain and the Myth of Acceptable Black Behavior (Column) (popmatters.com)
- Did You Miss Herman Cain? Don’t Worry, He’s Back. (averagebro.com)
- The Day The Cooning Died: Herman Cain “Suspends” Presidential Campaign (rippdemup.com)
- Hey, Herman Cain: Why Shouldn’t We Believe Ginger White’s 13-Year-Affair Story? (rippdemup.com)