There is a great post from Alveda King (Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) that explains why Liberals are terrified of Herman Cain. The money quote from this post is pasted below:
“For many years, the Democrats have had a 90% stranglehold on the black vote. This is because many blacks feel that Republicans are racist and only care about the rich, while Democrats love them, give Blacks welfare, etc. When a strong, charismatic, BLACK conservative goes head to head with Obama, many blacks who have not yet done so will actually listen to both sides of the political argument.”
This got me thinking about a narrative from Frederick Douglass during the Civil War (September 1861) where he implored The Union to use African American soldiers to help fight against the South and he called this piece “Fighting Rebels With Only One Hand”. Mr. Douglass stated that the South used African Americans to support their army (what he calls the ‘bad cause’) so he wondered why a ‘good cause’ shouldn’t do the same. His sound logic stated that not utilizing African Americans in the Union Army was equivalent to fighting with one hand tied behind your back. The pertinent quotes from Mr. Douglass are pasted below:
“Why does the Government reject the Negro? Is he not a man? Can he not wield a sword, fire a gun, march and countermarch, and obey orders like any other? Is there the least reason to believe that a regiment of well-drilled Negroes would deport themselves less soldier-like on the battlefield than the raw troops gathered up generally from the towns and cities of the State of New York? We do believe that such soldiers, if allowed to take up arms in defense of the Government, and made to feel that they are hereafter to be recognized as persons having rights, would set the highest example of order and general good behavior to their fellow soldiers, and in every way add to the national power.”
“If a bad cause can do this, why should a good cause be less wisely conducted? We insist upon it, that one black regiment in such a war as this is, without being any more brave and orderly, would be worth to the Government more than two of any other; and that, while the Government continues to refuse the aid of colored men, thus alienating them from the national cause, and giving the rebels the advantage of them, it will not deserve better fortunes than it has thus far experienced.–Men in earnest don’t fight with one hand, when they might fight with two, and a man drowning would not refuse to be saved even by a colored hand. “
This is great wisdom and something that Conservatives should consider. For far too long the Liberals have dominated the conversations with African Americans and indeed 96% voted for Barrack Obama in 2008. As Mrs. King’s post explains, they have been brainwashed to believe that Conservatives are racists and Liberals will take care of them but the truth is that Liberal policies only increase poverty and this has been shown in an earlier post of mine.
Even if Mr. Cain is not the eventual Republican nominee in 2012, the exposure he has received and the positive Conservative message he has presented should help sway some in the African American community to open their minds to the Conservative principles and realize they are empowering and the best path to economic freedom.
UPDATE: I found a great post from Black and Right that shows the great Liberal lies from the past with regard to Democrats fighting for Civil Rights.