A double standard is alive and well in the leftwing media! Understanding liberals on the subject of Herman Cain is another issue.
I have to admit, from the standpoint of the potential for watching and writing about a very exciting campaign, if optimistic and cheerful Herman Cain should win the Republican primary and run against the dour, angry and pessimistic Obama it will be quite a show.
Here at Reason Magazine, writer Cathy Young discusses the pseudo-intellectual contortions of the Left when faced with a black Republican. (emphasis mine)
I especially laughed over this section and our ol’ buddy, the first black President, Bill.
One notorious display of this attitude occurred earlier this month on the MSNBC program “The Last Word,” when host Lawrence O’Donnell berated Cain for his failure to participate in the civil rights protests of the 1960s as a teenager and young adult in the South.
In his just-published autobiography, Cain writes that he and his brother would reluctantly move to the back on the bus when told to do so by the driver, minding their father’s admonition to “stay out of trouble.” Where, O’Donnell sarcastically inquired, would blacks be now if Rosa Parks had followed such advice? When Cain reasonably replied that his father’s advice was not to Rosa Parks but to his high school-age sons, O’Donnell went on to push him on his lack of activism in college.
Even many left-of-center observers, such as Mediate.com columnist Tommy Christopher, were aghast at the spectacle of a white liberal smugly chiding a black man for the personal choices he made in a very difficult time. (Those choices included breaking down professional barriers by going to graduate school and pursuing a career in computer science.) What’s more, as MSNBC commentator Melissa Harris Perry noted, there is a blatant double standard at work: white politicians of Cain’s generation are not grilled on what they did in the civil rights movement. Bill Clinton, often praised for his unique ability to connect with African-Americans, attended college at the same time as Cain and worked as an intern in a segregationist senator’s office. [that would be J. William Fulbright–ed]
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