Chicago, November 11, 2011 – Singer Harry Belafonte had some choice words for GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain when he visited Chicago this week to promote his new book, “My Song.”
“Thank you for all you are doing for the Democratic party,” mocked the Calypso singer. “We need you to stay on course, do what you are doing, and you will ensure that the right presidential candidate will be elected, Barack Obama.”
The singer has disparaged the GOP frontrunner in previous interviews. Appearing on the Joy Behar show recently, Belafonte said Cain was “denied intelligence” and was a “bad apple.” In 2002, he also compared former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and General Colin Powell to “house slaves” trying to please their masters.
“There’s an old saying,” Belafonte told then CNN host Larry King. “In the days of slavery, there were those slaves who lived on the plantation and [there] were those slaves that lived in the house. You got the privilege of living in the house if you served the master … exactly the way the master intended to have you serve him.”
Belafonte has a long history of left-wing political activism – including speaking before communist front-groups on behalf of Henry Wallace, a 1948 presidential candidate for the then communist-backed Progressive Party. Wallace used his campaign to oppose Harry Truman’s tough policies against the Soviet Union. In 2006, Belafonte called George Bush the world’s greatest “terrorist” and praised the socialist regime of President Hugo Chavez in a television and radio broadcast in Venezuela. Consequently, Belafonte’s remarks about Herman Cain are not surprising.
But Herman Cain’s position as the GOP presidential frontrunner, who happens to be an African American, is. Since his campaign began, liberal activists – including African Americans – have attacked Cain using race and racial imagery. Belafonte’s mocking remarks of Cain underscore the conflict taking place within the Democrat party, which has relied on dividing people on the basis of race, creed, gender, and sexual orientation, to win elections.
In 2011, Herman Cain’s candidacy threatens to uproot a reliable Democratic voting block – African Americans – and shatter the image of the Republican Party as the party of racism once and for all. Cain’s candidacy challenges Black America to think differently and to question the status quo: does the Democrat Party offer minorities a real future or is there something more?
In order to perpetuate that stereotypical image, activists like Belafonte have to attack the messenger. But, for Cain to not be viewed as a credible role model, it is not be enough to attack him.
He must be destroyed.