Democratic Strategist: Republicans Like Cain as a “Black Man Who Knows His Place”

I have previously raised concern over the treatment of Herman Cain by the media and Democratic activists because of his race. While I have strong disagreements with Cain, I find it discomforting to see how his race is such a preoccupation with Democrats. This weekend, I was taken aback by the statement of Democratic strategist and MSNBC analyst Karen Finney that Cain is “a black man who knows his place.”

Here is the full statement in context:

“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.”

What is equally remarkable is Martin Bashir’s response: “Thank you for spelling that out.”

There is of course another possibility: Republicans supporting Cain might not be racist . . . anymore than Democrats who supported Obama. Republicans have previously had African Americans run for President. Alan Keys comes to mind. Like Russ Perot, Cain is billing himself as an outsider from the business world. I have criticized him in columns, but I do not see why he should be faced with constant questions over whether he is genuine or merely some put-up black guy for racist Republicans. Yet, there have been a steady chorus of such attacks directed at Cain.

Finney is described as “having more than 20 years in national politics includes four presidential campaigns, the Clinton White House, a New York Senate race, and first African American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee.” No one would tolerate Republican attacks that she is a woman or African American valued by MSNBC for “knowing her place.” Yet, these attacks have gone on without little objection from Democrats. Indeed, MSNBC host Al Sharpton has questioned whether Cain is an “authentic black man”.

Cain for his part has called some of these attacks “racist.” Of course, not to be undone in the racist rhetoric, Russ Limbaugh has insisted that Herman Cain more “authentically black” than Obama.

What do you think?

163 thoughts on “Democratic Strategist: Republicans Like Cain as a “Black Man Who Knows His Place””

  1. Elaine:

    Your boy Clinton set the bar, be glad Cain doesnt have some one like Carville talking about using a 20 to troll for trash in a trailer park and denigrating the character of the women Clinton groped or had sex with who didnt really want his advances.

    Yes, apparently it is acceptable to some men.

    When you were supporting Clinton against those evil republicans, maybe you should have thought about the message you were sending to young men and to young women.

  2. Bron,

    “Clinton really raised the bar on sexual escapades involving public figures. Cain asking a woman to his apartment for a game of hide the salami doesnt even come close. And even if he told one of the other ones she had a nice behind, so what? Maybe she does, and we all know how women dress to hide certain prominent anatomical structures so that men will not notice.

    “She should have told him he had a small package and wasnt interested.

    “But if he did do what is alleged, so what? He didnt get an oral favor from an intern in the White House.”


    Oh my. That’s a great “good ole boy” attitude you have. Maybe you can get a job with the National Restaurant Association. Sounds like you’d fit right in with the likes of Herman Cain.

    Speaking as a older woman who knows something about sexual harassment in the work place, I’d say it’s not a laughing matter. I guess misogyny is still alive and well and acceptable to some men. I hoped we had gotten past that by now.

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