Over at the Guardian, an English newspaper, I found a brief look at Herman Cain’s autobiography. The author of the piece is struck by Cain’s disconnect from the time period he was raised in. Cain apparently had no compunction to right wrongs against blacks, he just learned to be extra well behaved and do the best he could as a person. As a matter of fact, he was appointed leader of the trombone section when he was just a junior! When he was told to move to the back of the bus in a relatively empty bus- he did.
But the writer makes note of a story that Cain must have told in his book about his father who was a chauffer for the Coca Cola magnate! When someone suggested the magnate not give Cain’s father company stock Cain’s father showed the man a gun and told him if he ever told the owner not to do anything for him again he’d find out how good he was with a gun!
Isn’t that a nice story?
In this country people have compared him to McCain, who was sort of insultingly called ‘Walnuts’ for reasons I won’t explore. Anyhow, our Herman Cain has accepted the comparisons to McCain but he says he’s ‘black walnuts’. So we can see that he can take a joke, sort of, which makes you think it’s possible that he’s a clearheaded fella, but then when the media starts talking to other blacks who oppose him Cain gets offended by their remarks.
What amazes me though is that apparently name calling or opposition to him in the past based on his race didn’t upset him, now as we can see in other news it upsets him a lot. As a matter of fact when Harry Belafonte objected to Cain’s attitude that he understands the Blacks in the US, Belafonte said “because someone blinked” and Cain did well that doesn’t mean that Cain gets what it is for Blacks in this country. Belafonte calls him a ‘bad apple’ obviously suggesting that he’s ruining things for everyone else The new bristly Cain is offended that Belafonte is calling him a bad apple!
So it’s okay to call him a ‘black walnut’ but it is not okay to call him a ‘bad apple’.
I don’t know if the portrayal of Cain is fair and balanced, but so far the media has been making him seem like part of a sideshow. I can’t quite figure out if he is? Or is it that media experts can’t imagine having a pizza king as President!