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Herman Cain Rips Belafonte And Cornel West: ‘They Don’t Want Black People To Think For Themselves’
Mediaite ^ | 10/10/11 | Frances Martel

Posted on 10/10/2011 9:21:14 PM PDT by freespirited

Herman Cain has taken with relish to the position of top tier candidate, launching a thousand rhetorical spears in his direction and answering them in record time. Today, it took only a few hours for him to respond to Cornel West and Harry Belafonte who, respectively, called for him to get off the “symbolic crack pipe” and stop being a “bad apple.” On Hannity tonight, Cain accused West of being “out of touch with the real world” and told Belafonte, “I left the Democratic plantation a long time ago.”

Cain began addressing his harsh comments against the Occupy Wall Street protesters, telling Sean Hannity that “I don’t have a lot of sympathy for people who believe this country owes them something.” As for the race discussions surrounding his rise in the Republican Party, he found it hard to understand people who call “racism on the fact that some people don’t make it in America… if you put your mind to it and you don’t play the victim card, you can do whatever you want. I am walking proof of that.”

RELATED: Cornel West On CNN: Herman Cain Needs To ‘Get Off The Symbolic Crack Pipe’

As for Belafonte and West’s comments, he admitted he found the comments “offensive,” but took them one by one, as they came from difference sources. To West, Cain responded that “this is the difference between someone who has spent their life in academia and someone who has spent their lives in the real world… he is out of touch with the real world.” To Belafonte, he assured him that he was no longer on the “Democratic plantation” and that his only tactic “to intimidate me and shut me up is to call me names and that sort of thing,” and that it wouldn’t work. Ultimately, he argued that both of them– as well as many Democrats– “don’t want a lot of people to wake up, especially black people… they don’t want black people to think for themselves.”

RELATED: Harry Belafonte To Joy Behar: Herman Cain Is A ‘Totally False’ ‘Bad Apple’ In The Black Community

Cain also returned to the Wall Street protests, decrying them for trying to compare themselves to the Tea Party movement. “They’re just trying to legitimize themselves by trying to compare themselves to the Tea Party,” he noted, where in reality “they don’t have real clear objectives like that. Do they want the people in Wall Street to come out of their offices and write them a check?”

The segment via Fox News below:



TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: belafonte; cornelwest; hermancain
Video at link.

Go Herman!!

1 posted on 10/10/2011 9:21:23 PM PDT by freespirited
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To: freespirited
Cornel West is a wonder of the world, a walking talking dingle berry.
2 posted on 10/10/2011 9:24:15 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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To: freespirited

I think the more of these types of statements he makes, the more black people will begin to think about what he says. Mayhap a black revolution of thought will occur.


3 posted on 10/10/2011 9:26:26 PM PDT by doc1019 (You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.)
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To: freespirited

Cain is a man of honor. Love his straight talk


4 posted on 10/10/2011 9:26:57 PM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: freespirited

Way to go, HERMAN THE MAN !

Years ago Rush Limbaugh said: “That a Candidate has to find a way to get above the noise.” Herman Cain has perfected that skill. I am very impressed!


5 posted on 10/10/2011 9:28:33 PM PDT by Graewoulf ( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.)
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To: org.whodat

What has Cornel West done for society?


6 posted on 10/10/2011 9:30:04 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: wjcsux

Made asses out of Hahvud and Princeton for hiring someone so blatantly dumb.!


7 posted on 10/10/2011 9:33:58 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: freespirited

How can you not love this guy?


8 posted on 10/10/2011 9:36:54 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: freespirited

Got to give Cain credit with those comments. I wish our other candidates would show stones like that.


9 posted on 10/10/2011 9:38:50 PM PDT by Patrick1 ("The problem with Internet quotations is that many are not genuine." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: freespirited
Herman Cain grew up in Atlanta, Georgia with loving parents and little else. His father worked three jobs—as a janitor, a barber and a chauffeur—and his mother was a domestic worker. Even though these jobs required hard work and little glamour, his parents knew this life was better than the dirt farms upon which they grew up. They also knew that this hard work was the key to achieving their American Dreams.

Herman’s parents had two dreams. First, they wanted to own their own house. Secondly, they wanted both of their children to graduate from college. During the segregation era in the Deep South, these aspirations might have seemed lofty, but they knew that if they kept their faith in God, faith in themselves and faith in the greatest country on the Earth, they could achieve.

The first dream was realized in a modest brick house on Albert Street in Atlanta, Georgia. After years of saving from his many jobs, Herman’s father surprised the whole family, even his wife, by purchasing a home for their family. The second dream was realized when Herman graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in mathematics in 1967. His brother, Thurman, would go on to graduate from Morris Brown College.

Inspired by the work ethic and character of his parents, Herman continued his education by earning his Master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University while working full-time developing fire control systems for ships and fighter planes for the Department of the Navy. Though Herman enjoyed using his talents as a civilian employee for the Navy, he gravitated towards the culture of business.

Herman returned to his home of Atlanta to begin working as a computer systems analyst for the Coca-Cola Company. After considerable success at Coca-Cola, he moved to the Pillsbury Company. Within a short period of time, Herman rose to position of Vice President. Although the comforts of a corner office on the 31st floor of a majestic corporate building seemed satisfying, Herman knew that he needed a challenge.

He became the regional vice president of Pillsbury’s Burger King division. This meant starting from the “ground up,” dodging grease fires and broiling hamburgers. Herman was assigned to lead a low performing region of 450 of their restaurants. Within three years, it became the best performing region in the company.

Energized by overcoming the many obstacles of his job at Burger King, Herman took on the biggest challenge of his career. He accepted the call to become the President and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, a company that was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. In just 14 months, Herman returned Godfather’s to profitability and he led his management team to a buyout of the company.

His professional successes garnered the respect and admiration of industry peers who named him the President of the National Restaurant Association. Under Herman’s administration, the group grew significantly and began to lobby for the interests of America’s restaurateurs and small business owners.

In 1994, as head of the National Restaurant Association, he had the opportunity to speak with President Clinton during a nationally televised town hall meeting. Here, Herman challenged the President regarding the impact on businesses if his health care overhaul proposal were passed. President Clinton attempted to assure him and the millions of viewers watching at home that his legislation would not harm American business owners and their employees.

Herman was skeptical. “Quite honestly Mr. President, your calculations are incorrect,” he said. “In the competitive marketplace, it simply doesn’t work that way.” His words echoed across America, and Newsweek named Herman Cain the primary saboteur of Hillarycare.

Through these and other appearances on behalf of the National Restaurant Association, Herman began working with business leaders across all sectors of the American economy. This led to his acceptance of a position on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and he was subsequently elected their chairman. In this role, he analyzed economic conditions in the region and notified the Federal Reserve of how their policies should respond.

Most recently, he hosted a radio talk show, “The Herman Cain Show,” on Atlanta’s WSB 750 AM/ 95.5 FM. He serves as a regular contributor on several broadcast networks and as a keynote speaker at conferences and events around the nation.

Despite the many professional commitments of his life, Herman continues to enjoy most the time spent with family and friends. As his children got married and had their own children, he knew that he had an extraordinary obligation to do what he could to make this a safe and prosperous nation for them. The paramount joys in his life are his wife, Gloria, his children and his grandchildren.

Now I highlighted and underline Herman's working at the Fed to meet a promise that I made to many of the Paulist on FR. Herman was not a member of the Board of Governors which sets monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is more or less a bank for banks and what they do is provide financial services to depository institutions including banks, credit unions, and savings and loans, much like those that banks provide for their customers. These services include collecting checks, electronically transferring funds, and distributing and receiving cash and coin.

I know that sounds so very ominous.

10 posted on 10/10/2011 9:40:15 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: katiedidit1

Herman Cain who truly was a virtual unknown had faith enough in himself to decide to run for President of the United States on his own. There was no Media hype/pressure/build-up about a possible run, there was no urging by members of the Party, no words spoken into his ear by party players, elites, beltway boys or pundits, not even a word of encouragement from the Republican Party of his home state only faith in himself. Now after months of being treated as being a inconsequential candidate the curious sideshow of a conservative black Republican, he is now in the top tier along with people of great party pull, of men with experienced political machines and the dollars to power them. He did that on his own with no help from anyone. Now think what a man with faith in himself like that could accomplish if given the chance.


11 posted on 10/10/2011 9:41:03 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: freespirited

Turns out Herman will advance the right things....Go Herman!


12 posted on 10/10/2011 9:45:59 PM PDT by toddausauras
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To: freespirited
Ok...Do you hear how this man is standing up to the liberal establishment...the BLACK liberal establishment at that! Did you ever think you would here a “republican” talk that way. I dreamed about it but never believed it would happen.

God Bless you Herman Cain. You have the stuff great leaders are made of. You are a man for your times.

13 posted on 10/10/2011 9:46:25 PM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: Kartographer

I don’t believe in reincarnationism, but this almost moves me to ask the question: are you me in another life?


14 posted on 10/10/2011 9:48:44 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Kartographer

The Fed is not exactly celebrated among a lot of Freepers. Some dummies have gotten appointed to it. But it could plausibly have given Cain some economic insights that others might miss.


15 posted on 10/10/2011 9:51:10 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: freespirited

How to say?....racial reparations have gone too far when Holder refuses to charge the Philly panthers. That was my breaking point. Rules for me but not for thee?
Think again A-hole

Herm can tap into the motherlode of frustration with this


16 posted on 10/10/2011 9:52:36 PM PDT by chiller ( Obama is nothing more than a professional money launderer)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Almost identical, but this version has better sense than to ever live in Illinois the City of Chicago’s whipping boy. ;-)


17 posted on 10/10/2011 9:53:17 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: freespirited

The white plantation massas need some key token blacks to help keep the rest of the blacks in line.


18 posted on 10/10/2011 10:03:23 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Awgie

“Ok...Do you hear how this man is standing up to the liberal establishment...the BLACK liberal establishment at that! Did you ever think you would here a “republican” talk that way. I dreamed about it but never believed it would happen.

God Bless you Herman Cain. You have the stuff great leaders are made of. You are a man for your times.”
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But, But, But...Cain’s never held elected office! /sarc


19 posted on 10/10/2011 10:04:39 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: freespirited
“I left the Democratic plantation a long time ago.”
~ Herman Cain

“I didn't leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.”
~ Ronald Reagan
20 posted on 10/10/2011 10:08:59 PM PDT by mkjessup (Herman Cain is a God fearin', Jesus-lovin', Constitution-revering PATRIOT. What's not to like?)
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To: freespirited

You folks have probably already seen this, but just in case check it out...too funny! :-D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFVDmjzaLmI


21 posted on 10/10/2011 10:22:22 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: freespirited

Many that were not around when Belefonte was starting out in movies....He made it a point to say he was not african he was born in Jamaica.....But it takes an oldster like me to remember the mid 50’s...LOL at him now....a bandwagon boobie...


22 posted on 10/11/2011 1:09:33 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: freespirited

As an outsider, I am european, what are the chances of Herman cain to be the next president ?
It would be so fantastic to have a black conservative at the White House. The lefties would find themselves in a bit of a quandry,how could you call people on the right racist ?

amazing how little support he has amongst his peers.

I love the quote...”I Have left the democratic plantation..”
Should be his slogan for his election campaign.

>Kind regards to all at Free Republic.
It gives me hope that you will get obama out in 2012.


23 posted on 10/11/2011 1:26:24 AM PDT by Christian1
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To: Christian1

The lefties would find themselves in a bit of a quandry,how could you call people on the right racist ?

The left would say that he is “not really black” (excuse me?). The left will call him an Uncle Tom, Oreo Cookie, race traitor, in denial, and what ever personal attack that they can crap out. Look up the left’s attacks on Justice Clarence Thomas - going back to his confirmation hearings (the “high tech lynching”). Look up Ted Rall’s cartoons of Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. The hard left (I will not call them liberals) are vile, evil racists.
If the plantation masters and their overseers go sufficiently barking mad in their ravings, maybe black people will see through it and leave the plantation.
The Leftist establishment hates black people who can think for themselves. They view them as runaway slaves. And they encourage what is called the crab bucket mentality. If you have a bucket of crabs, one will try to crawl out, and the rest will try to pull that crab back down (somehow called “keepin it real”).


24 posted on 10/11/2011 3:02:09 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: doc1019

If as little as 15 or 20% of the black electorate had a political epiphany due to Herman Cain, it would be an 8.0 earthquake in the political landscape, with major changes in the electoral situation going forward. Yet another reason why Cain is the man.


25 posted on 10/11/2011 3:13:01 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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