Skip to comments.NPR Versus 'Minstrel' Cain
Posted on 11/16/2011 6:04:02 AM PST by Kaslin
National Public Radio proved a long time ago it disdains black conservatives. Remember when NPR's Nina Totenberg launched the unproven sexual harassment charges against Clarence Thomas? NPR doesn't even like black liberals who appear on Fox News: They canned Juan Williams. The sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain aren't ruining him as quickly as the media hoped, so on Nov. 11, NPR viciously attacked Cain for being an enemy of blacks and a "minstrel" to white conservatives.
Reporter Karen Grigsby Bates began with Harvard Professor Randall Kennedy. "Black people know that if Herman Cain had his way, their lives would be diminished," he announced. "And they intuit that Herman Cain's policies are against their interests."
Who is this man to judge like that? NPR made no attempt to identify Professor Kennedy as having served on the editorial board of the hard-left Nation magazine. They didn't even call him "liberal." He is partisan enough to have insisted in April that liberal Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer should retire now because they couldn't survive a two-term Republican president.
Kennedy somehow gets to speak on behalf of all black Americans everywhere, that if Herman Cain "had his way," he would want blacks to be diminished. This is really rich drivel coming from the Left. They are the ones who placed blacks in dangerous public housing, high-rises in high-crime neighborhoods in the "War on Poverty." They are responsible for subjecting black children to atrocious public schools with no chance of escaping to a private school that cared about them. They entrenched a welfare state that chased away black fathers and placed Planned Parenthood clinics in urban neighborhoods for their abortion "needs." But Randall Kennedy and NPR apparently think that's the Nirvana of black interests; Cain is evil for opposing their agenda.
NPR then turned to Jack E. White, a former screed-writer for Time magazine. He also wasn't labeled a liberal, despite working for Time and now for the black liberal website The Root, owned by The Washington Post. NPR's Bates said White was outraged that Cain, like Thomas, would call unproven sexual harassment charges a "high-tech lynching." Bates said, "He believes Cain and his white supporters have struck a bargain."
A racist bargain. "Basically, Herman Cain tells them what they want to hear about blacks, and in turn, they embrace him and say, 'See, that proves we aren't racist,'" said White. Then he stuck in the knife: "He's even willing to be a minstrel for them, referring to, himself sometimes as 'Cornbread,' or quoting his father as speaking ungrammatically, as saying, you know, things like I does not care."
Even Bob Beckel on Fox called the "minstrel" line "obscene." In Jack White's mind, we are forever stuck in 1963, and every white conservative is somehow a Southern Democrat racist Bull Connor. But today's 18-year-old Americans who may turn out to vote for Herman Cain early next year were born in 1993. You can't endlessly suggest that racism is taught in schools, on TV and over every Republican dinner table ... unless you're a crank or a guest on NPR.
The third black Cain critic was a professor named Vincent Hutchings, who said Cain was "crazy," but "crazy like a fox."
There were no black conservative professors allowed -- not Thomas Sowell, or Walter Williams. NPR doesn't want blacks to consider it conceivable that a black could choose to be a conservative and still be considered respectable.
The only conservative view allowed was a clip of Ann Coulter. (NPR somehow couldn't acquire an original interview.) Coulter said on Fox that black conservatives have to swim against a very strong tide of black opinion, so "our blacks are so much better than their blacks."
To which "objective" Bates replied: "Observations like that may be why their blacks are so few in number." Bates clearly believes (as her report demonstrates) that black conservatives are metaphorically owned by masters and simply cannot fathom why blacks would want to be released from the liberal plantation.
Herman Cain may win the Republican nomination, or he may not. But it's quite clear from all the media coverage that the liberal media don't want him even standing on the debate stage. It ruins their preferred caricature of the Republicans as an all-white country club that sees blacks as the people who hand them towels in the restroom.
If they can't push Cain off the stage, then they'll try to smear him into a cartoon minstrel. As so often happens in liberal media circles, the goal of accuracy takes a back seat to victory.
Ask yourself: Would this vitriol against Cain exist if he were white?
Yesterday rather then tomorrow
They are disgusting racists.
Why is $.05 of my money funding NPR ?
And we pay their salaries
both the dem left and the bush-rove-rinos
want herman cain out.
This was after he was just talking about Herman Cain.
Transcript via NewsBusters:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Yet, hes, hes still leading the field. Still is. I mean, hes starting to fall just a little, but still leading the field.
MAHER: But, thats just because they hate Mitt Romney.
STEPHANOPOULOS: They do.
MAHER: You have got to feel bad for Mitt Romney. I mean, hes been led, so far, by Trump, then Bachmann. Then Perry. Then Cain.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But, he kinda hangs in there. Hes everyones second choice.
MAHER: Im rooting for him. You know? Because, look, in a country with only two parties, the Republican can always win. I mean, at least he eats with a knife and fork. I mean, he is all that stands between us and the rise of the apes. Video at http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/11/bill-maher-wants-romney-to-win-to-stop-the-rise-of-the-apes-herman-cain/
Hey Boehner, make sure you and your ilk increase the budget for NPR the next time you have a chance. /sarc off
If anybody is a minstrel it Obama.
We support Cain who, in the minds of The Left, is an idiot whose skin happens to be black and we're STILL called racists.
Sheesh. What's a guy gotta do?
Before you ask yourself this question, consider this:
Without 90% of the black vote, there's not a single RAT who could get elected anywhere in this country from Dog Catcher on up. Or down depending on your worldview.
Imagine that. DemocRATS MUST get 90% of the black vote to even have a chance in any given election. If RATS lose as little as 2% of the black vote, they are toast.
Stew on that and then ask yourself the question posed at the end of the article.
I'm not a big fan of Juans, but I respect that he had stood up for Herman Cain and his character assassination by the MSM. Interestingly enough, most of the conservative commentators could are less.
I am sure Juan Williams can attest to the fact that NPR profiles.
I’m not a big fan of Juans, but I respect that he had stood up for Herman Cain and his character assination by the MSM. Interestingly enough, most of the conservative commentators could care less.
Actually, we really don't know WHAT it is. Could be 1/2 white 1/2 arab.
Meaning what? More free stuff? Less work? End of special privaleges? What else could he possibly mean?
It’s a shame that this professor wants to keep his own people on the democrat plantation
Going back even further, NPR was a major driving force in the attempt to use the Anita Hill allegations to sink the Clarence Thomas nomination.
They needed to stop receiving a penny of my tax money yesterday. But I hear the Pubbies have agreed to continue funding through 2014!
That’s what’s infuriating - leftists get to drop phrases like this and not be challenged.
The challenge would obviously be
“Please enumerate the specific, not general, ‘interests’ of black people that Herman Cain’s policies would be against.”
That’s right. I forgot. I think he is actually 1/4 minstrel.
I do hope we will find out one day.......
“WHAT the heck is it?”
I may be wrong on this but I think Allred was involved as well.
But, now that I think about it. His mom was born in Kansas which is former Indian territory. So, at the very least, he is 1/8 Asian, 1/8 Arab, 1/4 black, 1/4 white and 1/4 Native American.
“Minstrel”? That’s flat-out racist. But what do you expect from the left?
That made me dizzy, lol.
But who is his daddy?
pretty d@mning (true) statement....
the Rev's. Je$$e "I have a $cheme" Jack$on / Al "$lap the Jack@$$" $harpton (Judas's Goats) shall always be there leading them (around) in circles on the Liberal's Plantation.
...and they call us, the Racists.
Yhea... a 100% disaster...
but, that's what the Marxists' wanted anyway.
the Establishment GOP IS still, "the Stupid Party."
Harvard Prof: Herman, how come you don’t sing like you’re sposed to, down on the old liberal plantation?
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