Cain charges some in black community of racism
October 11th, 2011
05:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain charges some in black community of racism

(CNN) – GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain said Tuesday that many liberal Democrats in the black community are "racist" for questioning his political ambitions as a black conservative Republican.

"A lot of these liberal, leftist folk in this country, that are black, they're more racist than the white people that they're claiming to be racist," Cain said Tuesday in a radio interview on the conservative Neal Boortz talk show.

Boortz interrupted Cain, saying he prefers the word "bigoted" to "racist."

"Ok, bigoted," Cain said. "How dare Herman Cain, first, run as a Republican? How dare Herman Cain be conservative? And how dare he move up in the polls, so that he just might challenge our beloved Obama? That's the problem they have."

Cain's comments came just hours before a New Hampshire debate, where Cain, who's surged to top tier status in the presidential race, is expected to take the heat from other candidates now that he's assumed front-runner status.

In the interview Tuesday, he also said that in a hypothetical matchup between he and President Barack Obama, there would "almost be no contest" and argued that he could talk about issues more in depth than Obama.

"He's never been part of the black experience in America," Cain said. "I can talk about that. I can talk about what it really meant to be 'po' before I was poor."

The Republican candidate came under fire recently for saying African Americans are generally on a level playing field with other Americans and sometimes use racism as an excuse for being poor.

"They weren't held back because of racism," Cain told CNN's "State of the Union" anchor Candy Crowley. "People sometimes hold themselves back because they want to use racism as an excuse for them not being able to achieve what they want to achieve."

His comments kicked off a wave of responses from high-profile African American leaders, who argue Cain is out of touch with reality.

"There are disparities in this country in every [socioeconomic] factor that we follow. In every aspect of our human endeavors in this country there is a racial disparity element that's a part of it. It's almost silly to respond to [Cain] because the evidence is so overwhelming," PBS host Tavis Smiley said in the interview with CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux on Monday.

– CNN's Diana Ozemebhoya contributed to this report.


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soundoff (614 Responses)
  1. Michael

    No. Its not that they are racist. Its that they are smart enough to know that you would be a terrible president.

    October 11, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  2. Real Patriot

    This from the guy who prefaces most of his comments with "Now, I don't have the facts to back this up, but....."

    This guy's is not just an embarrassment to the Republican Party and the African-American Community, but an embarrassment to America-I don't care how much money he's worth.

    Occupy Wall Street!

    October 11, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. alinnc

    Race has nothing to do with it. Cain is a shill for the right wing. Let's cut taxes more for the wealthy & corporations and pay for it by adding a 9% federal sales tax on everything that a family of four making $50,000 per year purchases.

    October 11, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  4. Leslie

    "Almost silly to respond to..." Right, because there are no bigoted liberals and no bigoted black people.

    October 11, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. Yesorno

    The only trick this clown got is to talk trash about black people. If thinks this will give him the GOP nomination, let him think that. He will be surprise when he lose, we want.

    October 11, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. bobcat2u

    Well Herb, I guess you might as well pack up your tent and break camp. You just gave up any slim chance of getting the black vote. And you should already know you don't have the white vote.

    October 11, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. mboma

    Not surprised the least! His namesake in the Bible killed his brother Abel for offering his best sheep to God. Cain is ugly inside out.

    October 11, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. LoreeC

    I could care less that Cain is republican or conservative. Historically African Americans were republican. Colin Powell is republican and I respect him. So far all I've heard from Cain is broad generalizations and accusations of racisim leveled against people of his own race. Blame blacks for the economic disparity, huh? Posturing for the majority is a great tactic for getting them on your side. If racism isn't holding blacks back it's a non-issue. Why even mention it? Why not talk about the real issues? Maybe because he has nothing to say which is exactly what he has been doing. Cain hasn't said anything substantive yet.

    October 11, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Clay

    The pot calling the kettle black ... hmmm

    October 11, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. DRJ

    Anyone who starts playing the race card might as well get out now. That is the last thing we need now is crying about race. This country is on its last legs. Forget about race and get someone who can fix this mess.

    October 11, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. DRJ

    Get rid of Republicans, Democrats, Lawyers, and Career Politicians. Eliminate them from running for President, and then we may be able to get someone who can get things turned around.

    October 11, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. JGC

    Cain: "There's no more racism!!!" "The Left is racist!!!" "Look at me!!!! I'm a black man who's a conservative!!!!" He is already boring me. Just another unimpressive candidate in a very unimpressive GOP field.

    October 11, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. Sorensen

    Really Mr. Cain!! You figured that out all by yourself!!! You must be very clever!!!

    October 11, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. G D

    Makes about as much sense as a lot of Cain's other ignorant positions. How can Blacks be racist against another Black?? Hmm, quite logical Mr. POTUS wannabee!! They & others can certainly stand against his extremist positions that will not benefit the country. Read his fact check record, he is either mostly misinformed, ignorant, a lier, or possibly all of the above.

    October 11, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. Zeeba Neighba

    Mr. Cain does have a point about the bias that some people have concerning the political afflications of African-Americans. But he certainly shows himself to be a true conservative by his lack of empathy or understanding for anyone's situation other than his own. And while we're talking about rascism or bigotry. How come no one has questioned the name of the company he was C.E.O. of? Godfather is certainly considered by many Italian-Americans to be a negative stereotype term.

    October 11, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. The Lone Okie

    To say people who suffer racism use it as an excuse, is crazy. How we feelin todaymasa? Snowflake dun lost his mind.

    October 11, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. phelonius

    how much have the Koch brothers paid you to sell out Cain? this dummy gets lucky selling pizzas and thinks he is going to beat Obama in a debate, what a joke. this guy is not only out of touch with reality, he's an idiot. a dangerous one.

    October 11, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  18. John R.

    WOW! Good thing he's not any other race!!!

    October 11, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  19. Elflander

    I think he's just right about this.

    October 11, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. Dude in Colorado

    Sounds like Mr. Cain has a problem... He's a Republican but most of his people aren't, it shouldn't make a difference what is race but it does, most importantly to him! The CEO needs to stop attacking other blacks trying to prove he's a true GOPer and start running for what he is, an intelligent and successful businessman. (Note the absence of a race definition in those last six words.)

    October 11, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. jimatmadison

    Wasn't he the guy who just said that racism wasn't holding anybody back?!?

    Was he lying then, or is he lying now?

    October 11, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. John

    For not wanting to play the race card, he sure throws it out there a lot...

    October 11, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. Whoosh

    Cain is saying all the things the right wishes to hear all to no avail. I bet you he'll cry fowl before the end of the campaign, evenif he get all the votes and the states they will Never, Never, Ever, Never select him as a candidate so who zooming whom?. The people he is dealing with do not like his kind. A snowball in a thanksgiving kitchen has a better survival rate than this BoZo.
    I dislike him tremendously because he is just – unlikable.

    October 11, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. FOREVER DEM IN NC

    He sure does talk about race alot!!!! Go peddle your pizzas Hermie. you have NO shot at the nomination. Obama 2012!!!

    October 11, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. Name mije g

    Cain sounds like a white man in black face.no clue what's its like 2 be black.

    October 11, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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