The allegations of sexual harassment against Herman Cain, the Republican presidential frontrunner, have taken a 'racist' turn all of a sudden. It doesn't seem to matter that conservatives have always denied any forms of institutional racism to have any influence today.
Cain has gone ballistic with the allegation of high-tech lynching supported by a dramatic Web ad which compares his current situation to that of Clarence Thomas, who was accused of sexual harassment in his 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
Cain is evidently looking at his status as a racial outcast, like many other high-profile black conservatives, who have proved that one need not be a Democrat just because one is black. Cain's stance is that he is being treated as a 'race traitor' for not supporting liberal ideology.
I have been called 'Uncle Tom,' 'sellout,' 'Oreo,' 'shameless,' Cain has often told his mostly white audiences while seeking Republican presidential nomination.
Following his Thursday interview with Thomas's conservative activist wife Virginia, Cain told Fox News host Sean Hannity: Liberals are trying to attack me to intimidate other black conservatives to not go public or to not think about looking at other ideas on the other side of the spectrum.
Speaking of the sexual harassment charges, can there possibly be a worse allegation against Cain than the current one which makes him the stereotypical 'sexual-predator-black-man?'
The 'oversexed black man' is one of the most powerful negative charges, Niger Innis, a friend of Cain's who runs the Congress for Racial Equality, a conservative group, was quoted by the Los Angeles Times. It has had a traumatic effect on the American psyche for 200 years.
In an interview on Neil Boortz's show Oct. 11, Cain was asked how he'd do in a debate against President Obama. Cain responded: It would almost be no contest.
When Boortz said that Cain would be able to talk about the black experience in America, he said: [Obama's] never been a part of the black experience in America.
While being in a political party which has always said that race had nothing to do with 'anything,' Cain said Obama was not 'really' black. If one's race doesn't matter in the first place, why would anyone debate that Obama's 'blackness' was diluted by having a white mother?
Cain may have said that keeping in mind a future scenario of two blacks for president. In a racist world, Cain thinks, he could win some black votes by virtue to being 'more black' than Obama.
There is no questioning that Obama's approval rating isn't looking any great and his second term as the U.S president is highly debatable. But his name has already been written in history as the first black president of America. Cain would do better if he doesn't fool around with the race card and focus on what he should actually be focusing on: The economy and the jobs.