Herman Cain: “Being Poor Keeps Blacks Out of Tea Party, Not Racism”
Herman Cain is making headlines again for his unusual perspectives on race and politics. Not content to call the breeding ground of left-leaning candidates a “Democratic plantation,” Cain’s latest quip blames the poverty of black voters for the lack of diversity seen on the right. What’s the main reason black voters are rarely seen at Tea Party rallies according to Cain? Why it’s simple economics of course. African-Americans are on average just too poor to attend, the GOP presidential hopeful believes.
Herman Cain explained this shift of blame onto African-Americans to Talking Points Memo:
Asked why more African Americans haven’t joined him at tea party rallies and conservative conventions like the Faith And Family Conference in DC this weekend, the millionaire ex-CEO has a different explanation. African Americans, Cain told TPM, are too poor to tea party.
“They can’t afford to,” Cain said. “So I think the first reason is economics. If you just look at the sheer economics of it.”
“If you look at the typical income of a black family of four it’s going to be lower than a non-black or white family of four,” he explained. “Generally speaking on average, white families are much more economically prosperous than black families. So, many black families don’t have the economic flexibility to go to a CPAC conference.”
Most tea partiers, Cain said, “own their own business, or they have the type of job where they have the flexibility where they can go to the rally.”
“Or they’re retired,” he added.
As one of the front-running candidates for the GOP presidential nomination, Cain is in a rare position to guide his fellow Republicans towards making their party more inclusive. Instead of offering solutions for the obvious lack of diversity in the far right, Cain chooses to use his position as an African-American to justify why so few blacks have joined them. Herman Cain’s identity grants him an air of authority as he makes excuses for the right and its failure to attract black voters — and he gets more creative in providing their cop-outs every day.
If Herman Cain continues to make excuses for the lack of people of color represented in the GOP, it will remain what he depicts it to be — a party for old, rich white people. It’s a shame that a man who wants to be president cannot see that America is so much more. Herman Cain should want to be part of a political force that seeks to mobilize the entire nation, not only those who can afford to support the Tea Party’s cause.