As the legendary Harry Belafonte sat down with HLN’s Joy Behar to discuss his new memoir ‘My Life’, he took a moment to speak on aspiring GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain. The 84-year-old, whose early activism dates all the way back to the 1950’s, said of Cain’s comments about racism no longer being a factor in holding people back “It’s very hard to comment on someone who was so denied intelligence and certainly someone who was so denied a view of history…he knows very little. Because he happened to have had good fortune, because he happened to have had a moment when he broke through when someone blinked does not make him the authority on the plight of people of color.
He goes on to add “all those forces from the extreme right have consistently tried for what they call ‘Black’…and try to push these images…Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, they’re heroes for some people but for a lot of us, they’re not and Herman Cain is just the latest incarnation of what is totally false to the needs of our community and of our nation. I think he’s a bad apple.” When Behar says “I don’t think he has a prayer anyway,” in reference to the 2012 election, Belafonte quips “I don’t think prayers were created for him.”
Oh, Mr. Belafonte. I am yet again reminded why my grandmother loved you so.