From The Grio —  If former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and current GOP presidential contender Herman Cain is sticking with his claim that President Barack Obama isn’t a “real black man,” then he needs a better definition of what he thinks a real black man is.

Because Obama doesn’t have to prove he’s black to anyone.

Put aside the stereotypes that might offer circumstantial evidence of Obama’s blackness: he played high school hoops, smokes Newports, and pulls only for the White Sox — never the Cubs.

And dispense with technicalities: Cain can proudly trace his roots to African-American slaves — but to pinpoint his own African heritage, all that President Obama really needs is Google maps.

What’s at issue isn’t any one man’s definition of blackness. It’s Cain’s willingness to play the “blacker than thou” card to hang onto the spotlight that’s already begun fading from his grasp.

Doubling down on his claim that liberals are scared that “a real black man might run against Barack Obama,” Cain — who’s never held elected office — tells the New York Times Magazinein this coming Sunday’s issue that Obama isn’t “a strong black man that I’m identifying with,”and then chides that “a real black man is not timid about making the right decisions” before smoothing out his attack with the meaningless caveat that “If he wants to call himself African-American, fine. I’m not going down this color road.”

Right — because there’s nothing racial about telling a black man that he’s not a “real” black man.


Cain must figure that he’s “keeping it real” every time he jumps at the chance to point out that he grew up in the Jim Crow South while not-so-real Obama’s “mother was white and father was from Africa.” But before the self-described “American Black Conservative” gets to pat himself on the back for how real he thinks he’s keeping it, there’s a few items he might want to ponder:

From Another Mother — But Still A Brother

If Cain thinks it’s breaking news that a biracial guy who grew up in Honolulu hasn’t had the “typical” black experience, he’s a little late with that information. He might want to check out a library book called We Already Covered This In ’08.

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  • Qualifying and Quantifying

    and I guess I didn’t have a number 2

  • Jess

    Being that Cain is a GOP candidate, I don’t think he needs to criticize anybody about being “a real Black man”.

    • JustSaying…

      If you believe the Democrats are your friends you are a fool.

  • Anne

    Herman Cain wants to have it both ways. He brings up the issue of race when it’s convenient by calling himself a “real black man” in comparison to the president. He even had the nerve to say the president has “no part of the black experience,”: as if there aren’t a myriad of such experiences. This is from a man who was born in 1945 and was college age during the height of the Civil Rights movement coming down on another man who was born in 1961. Cain didn’t participate in the movement, because his father didn’t want him to “get in trouble.” I don’t judge Cain for that because participation WAS fraught with dangers. However, he is a beneficiary of it who acts as if it didn’t contribute to his subsequent successes in life. In insulting blacks who don’t vote like he does, he is validating the warped views of many whites on the far right who fear the label “racist” too much to say what he says publicly. Aside from this issue, Cain has other problems, such as his blaming the unemployed for their plights, mocking the Occupy Wall Street protesters against the huge economic injustices in this country;
    caling Jesus a “perfect conservative” that “liberals” executed, and his proud ignorance of international as well as national issues. Other than his race, he has the same morally bankrupt and empathy-challenged views as most of the other contenders for the GOP nomination. His being black changes none of that.