- Faith & Family
Many argue that there has been a white backlash against the fact that the majority of Americans voted in a Black president. The Republican Party has made it a majority to get rid of President Obama, and seem willing to destroy the country rather than to support his policy or reach a meaningful compromise. The game playing applies to both sides of the aisle, and many Americans are simply tired of it. Arguably, the U.S. credit rating was lowered because we have a non-functioning government.
To many, the Tea Party is just a code word for a group of disgruntled, white people who want to get rid of President Obama. Along comes Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather Pizza and oh, by the way is Black. He is now running second in many polls amongst likely Republican voters, beating Texas Governor Rick Perry, who was two weeks ago the upcoming challenger to Mitt Romney. Perry seems to be the type of candidate the Tea Party would like – he is a healthy, white American male, who pounds the Bible and hunts deer.
To my surprise, the Tea Party has gone from five to 30 percent support for Herman Cain. Likely, Republican voters have lowered their support for Perry by 13 percent and raised their support for Cain by 12 percent. Is this America, the land of the former slaves, Jim Crow laws, segregation, busing and strange fruit hanging from the trees? Is it possible that the next presidential race will be between an erudite, intellectual president and a hard charging businessman – both of whom are Black? If the Republican ticket includes Cain and the Democratic ticket includes Obama – how do you vote and not vote for a Black man.
I foresee a lot of deep, consternation in certain southern portions of the country that still proudly fly the Confederate flag. As one of my friends stated, “what is a good redneck going to do if we have to chose between Cain or Obama?” If Cain keeps surging in the polls, and wins the primary, then the impossible will be possible.
Perception is a dangerous thing. The Tea Party is clearly more open minded than many political pundits on TV gave it credit for. In fact, the Tea Party seems more open minded than the Republican leadership in Congress, which has vowed to stop everything proposed by the Obama White House even aid to disaster victims. Ultimately, the rise of Cain is a good thing for this country. For too long, Black Americans have supported only one party. We need to be courted by both parties, so that no matter who is in power, the interest of Black America is considered.
By Reginald J. Clyne, Esq.
Miami Times columnist