A few days ago, Presidential hopeful, Herman Cain caused a minor furor with the suggestion that a high proportion of black voters were brainwashed. He claimed they have been brainwashed into being closed minded, not even considering a conservative point of view and had received some vitriol simply because for running for the Republican nomination as a conservative.
In 2008 more than90% of the black vote went to Obama although recent polling indicates that this has declined significantly and he is unlikely to get anywhere near that if he is the Democratic nominee in 2012. This matches polling among other demographics that tend liberal.
While a number of liberal pundits have been scathing towards Cain on just about everything, Al Sharpton in his criticism proved Cain’s point. In claiming that black voters went with a Party that stood up for the Civil Rights Act of '64 and Voting Rights Act of '65, he either shows his complete ignorance of history, or has been brainwashed himself.
It is a well-documented fact that the 64 act was passed by Republicans over a Democrat filibuster led by Senator Robert Byrd. While most Democrats supported the Voting Rights Act of 65, Republicans supported it almost unanimously. Sharpton then went on to use the class warfare argument that Cain “has forgotten his roots:”
Rev. Al Sharpton said Friday that no matter how “black” presidential candidate Herman Cain is, his conservative views are fundamentally at odds with the rest of the black community — and white people only like him because he says what they want to hear.It seems that African Americans are only allowed to be properly black if they have the appropriate ticket from the Democratic Party, which is assessed on the basis of supporting liberal causes, backing plantation politics, and drinking the Kool-Aid. Sharpton appears to not only go along with the concept of a political litmus test for blackness and actively support it, but believes he has the right to decide such blackness.
Speaking on his radio program with Professor Karen Hunter — the same person who accused the Associated Press of racism for dropping the g’s in its reporting of a President Barack Obama speech — Sharpton essentially accused Cain of forgetting his roots when it comes to his politics.
“How could anyone in their right mind — they grew up in the south and saw what they saw — and act like everyone that is unemployed and that is not rich did it to themselves?” Sharpton said. “So I would assume he is either socially ignorant or playing games to get votes, that he couldn’t possibly have grown up and come to that conclusion unless he was one or the other.”
He is definitely brainwashed.