Any unbiased observer watching the current Republican presidential contest is aware that Herman Cain is causing a great deal of heartburn for the far left. Recently, Cain was verbally assaulted by a college professor and a celebrity. It was an unprovoked assault owing to the fact that Cain had the "audacity" to imply that "brainwashed" blacks should be allowed to "think for themselves." Apparently, this was highly offensive to the left, so it has resorted to a tactic used by those of us who were part of the more militant wing of the civil rights movement in the '60s known as the Black Liberation Front.
As a revolutionary nicknamed Malcolm Z, I employed a tactic currently in use by the left today: Racial Rhetoric 101. Remember, white leftists cannot criticize blacks, as this negates one of their primary weapons in the battle against conservatives, the charge of insensitivity. Consequently, in the liberal arena, only blacks can belittle blacks publicly.
For us, the essence of Racial Rhetoric 101 was – fight facts with fertilizer, history with histrionics, and when all else fails, slam down the race card. Honky, cracker, and the old standby, racist, work best on whitey. (Avoid redneck. It's been favorably co-opted.) "Racist" can also be used effectively as a modifier for pig, conservative, Republican, banker, homophobes, etc., etc., ad nauseam. For maximum effect, add dreads (dreadlocks) or a shaved head and a Fu Manchu mustache with chin hair. (Afros – though making a slight comeback – are still slightly passé.)
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Herman Cain made a remark about "wandering off the Democrat plantation," which is tantamount to using the "N-word" in polite liberal conversations. For those blacks who do wander off the Democrat plantation and become conservatives and/or vote Republican, the following are a few applied adjectives: Oreo, Uncle Tom, handkerchief head, "Clarence" (as in Thomas) or Rev. Pork Chop. Inviolate rule: These labels can only be applied to blacks by blacks. (Whites who do so run the terrible risk of being labeled conservative or worse – Republicans!)
Media pundits are quick to point out that African-American support for Barack Obama has remained constant, and for them it is almost a foregone conclusion that blacks vote, and will continue to vote, Democrat. Truth is, black Democrats are a relatively new phenomenon. In the 1800s, a black Democrat was so rare that the discovery of one generated an entry in the congressional record.
During an investigation into the activities of the Ku Klux Klan, investigator Robert Flournoy said:
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I am a considerable sort of a Negro and talk with Negroes where ever I go. I have never met in all my intercourse with the Negroes of Mississippi but one single Negro who professed to be a Democrat and that was in the town of Oxford. He was a waiter in a hotel, and he informed me that he was a Democrat. I tried to convert him and failed, and left him a Democrat.
Many blacks are unaware that from Abraham Lincoln to Franklin Roosevelt, blacks voted 99 percent Republican – and for some very important reasons. To begin with, blacks knew that Republicans were the party of Lincoln, the "Great Emancipator." They were also acutely aware that the so-called "scalawags" and "carpetbaggers" came from "up North" bringing to blacks citizenship, civil rights and finally the power of the vote. Blacks who did vote voted 99 percent Republican. It requires no degree in nuclear physics to determine who to vote for when only one group allows you to vote. Of course blacks voted Republican; Democrats would not allow them to vote. In actuality, Democrats successfully defeated every civil rights initiative introduced in Congress until the Republicans had sufficient votes to override them.
At the risk of sounding like a commercial, let me recommend my e-book, "Black YellowDogs," at BenKinchlow.com to those who may be interested in an historical perspective. (Warning: Contains offensive material to those not interested in historical facts.)
Herman Cain has inadvertently afforded the left the opportunity to check Racial Rhetoric 101 out of the library and reopen the book. So, Candidate Cain, button up your bulletproof vest. This is just the beginning.