Alternet’s Chauncey DeVega posted a reply today to all the conservatives who took issue with him referring to Herman Cain as a “monkey.”

As you would expect, the people who spent yesterday defending a black conservative are nothing but a bunch of racists.

You know you saw that coming.

In fact, DeVega doesn’t even bother to address the “white racial radicals” who spent time yesterday condemning the racist language used against a black man.

Try to wrap your head around that.

The white people who defended the black man are beneath the attention of the black man who declared Cain a race traitor, but the white folks are still the racists.

That’s the level of discourse with the left.

He starts by asking black conservatives why they are conservatives when the right hates black people so much.  He adds:

…the policies of the Right-wing in this country can in the most polite and generous terms be described as hostile and anathema to the political interests of the working and middle classes, people of color, and the poor.

Chauncey, whose programs destroyed the black family?

The left wing.

Whose programs increase dependence on a benevolent government?

The left wing.

Whose programs are currently breaking the back of the Federal budget?

The left wing.

The left wing’s programs, aka socialism in its various forms, have never resulted in prosperity for the masses, in any country.  They result in shortages, hunger, dependence and mass death.

What policies of the right wing have the same results?

School choice?

Ending abortion?

Personal responsibility?


What is it that is such a danger to the middle class?

The answer is, there isn’t.  The right wing believes the government’s role is to protect the rights of the individual, not provide for every need.  It isn’t endangering us.  It’s counting on us to do today what we have done in the past.


The left doesn’t share that belief.  And that lack of confidence puts the average American in far more danger than any right wing policy, because the solution is always a more powerful government.

Now, let’s tread a bit carefully: a difference of opinion on what constitutes good policy is not in and of itself a bad thing. Moreover, the diversity of political opinion in the black community is something to be celebrated. It should not be glossed over or run away from.

And yet, at no time did DeVega take the time to even mention, let alone address, Cain’s policy positions.  Rather, he focused on race and minimized Cain as a minstrel and branded him a race traitor.

How is that not racist?

Herman Cain has repeatedly spoken before the Koch Brothers funded, John Birch Society-linked groups, including those that are in favor of rolling back such basic Civil Rights era gains as integrated schools

I’ll be honest.  I had no idea what he was talking about here, so I Googled “abolish integrated schools.”  I found this post at Daily Kos, which led to this Washington Post article declaring that the Tea Party was against school integration because new Republican school board members were ending an integration policy in North Carolina.

However, both the Kossacks and DeVega fail to mention this:

The new school board has won applause from parents who blame the old policy – which sought to avoid high-poverty, racially isolated schools – for an array of problems in the district and who say that promoting diversity is no longer a proper or necessary goal for public schools.

It’s what the parents wanted.

Meanwhile, President Obama removes black children from private schools where they were succeeding and puts them back in government schools, drowning in failure, and the left applauds.

It’s about race when it hurts the right, but race takes a back seat to leftist ideology.  It’s a tool to them, not an issue.  It’s both a wedge and a hammer.

Herman Cain and Allen West both legitimated a deep hostility to President Obama that is rooted in “birtherism,” and crazed paranoid narratives about tyranny and terror from America’s first black president.

No, no they didn’t.

Neither Allen West nor Herman Cain addressed the concerns with the Obama administration from a racial perspective.  They spoke about the dangers of overarching, over-reaching governments and solutions to the problems America faces.

They spoke about liberty.  They didn’t focus on race.

And birthers?  Give me a break.  The only birth mentioned was the birth of Cain’s granddaughter.

…these are narratives which are at their root premised on a belief that a black man who happens to be President is prima facie and de facto illegitimate.

And yet, the same racist conservatives you claim think a black president is “de facto illegitimate” are supporting one in his run for the White House and made another the keynote speaker.

But in DeVega’s world, that just proves the racist beliefs of the organizers and attendees.

Whenever Herman Cain and others have a moment where they can engage in “real talk” among their ideological compatriots or make a public, critical intervention against the obvious racial hostility which drives contemporary American Conservatism, they either stand mute or enable it.


I have heard Cain speak on racism.  He speaks about it at Tea Parties, joking about how the left claims the Tea Party is racist while the crowd cheers for the black man behind the mic.

Allen West spoke about racism in his keynote address at CPAC.

It’s brought up because of the left’s continuous unfounded and ridiculous allegations of racism, not because of racism built into conservative policies.

At its core, politics is a projection of our collective fantasies and wishes.

Um, what?

Politics is a set of beliefs based on your individual understanding of the role of government and the people.  I don’t fantasize about the Fair Tax.  I believe that looting my paycheck before I even get it is immoral, therefore, I support a plan that abolishes that and gives me all my property.

The left’s ideology is clearly based in fantasy.  That’s the only explanation why they continue to believe that true socialism has never been tried and if they can just implement it in America, it will work.

What are our hopes, dreams, wants, and desires for our community?

The right’s?  Freedom.

The left’s?  Socialist utopia.

How are they embodied by those individuals whom we choose to elect into office and whose causes that we champion?

This is the first time this is considered regarding Herman Cain.  Until this question is asked, the focus has been on Cain’s skin color, DeVega’s opinion of Cain as a race traitor and the characterization of Cain as a “monkey in a window.”

However, the right has looked past his skin and sees what Cain stands for, and they like what they see.

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