Friday, October 21, 2011

Are his 15 minutes up yet?

Writing in Time today, Touré (author of Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?) lowers the boom on GOP "frontrunner" Herman Cain:
"Cain is a clown. You see it in the way he constantly mollifies white audiences with self-effacing, racialized comedy that borders on minstrelsy (referring to himself as 'black-walnut ice cream' or suggesting that the Secret Service call him 'Cornbread'). You see it in his stunning gaps in knowledge and understanding of foreign policy and domestic affairs. He says if you don’t have a job, don’t blame Wall Street, because it’s your fault, which in a crippling recession with historically high unemployment numbers means he’s either frighteningly blind or offensively ignorant. This is not a man of serious intellect or realistic solutions or admirable character. This is a buffoon. Cain is what I long imagined the first Black President would be like: a Republican who many Blacks find unctuous. But is he really the most unctuous Black man in America? I’d say it’s a race between Clarence Thomas, Flavor-Flav and the Hermanator, and if Cain isn’t No. 1, he’s no worse than tied."
Um, ouch.

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