ATLANTA (WAOK)-Atlanta native Herman Cain, who served as the CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and as a local radio host in Atlanta has decided to throw his hat in the race for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.

Cain’s decision to enter the race for the White House presents an interesting dynamic for the African American community. As Cain campaigns to become the GOP nominee, there is a very slim possibility we might witness another historical moment -two African-Americans going against each other for the Oval office.

Cain’s Republican background includes serving as a senior advisor in the 1996 Dole & Kemp campaign. He even ran in the 2000 presidential campaign and was also a 2004 U.S. Senate candidate. However, Cain was unable to get elected in both positions.

According to the Des Moines Register’s first poll, Cain is currently in third-place among the Republican candidates, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachman ahead of him.

Despite the temporary victory, in early July, five high-level staffers from Cain’s campaign have resigned. Among them were two important campaign staffers from Iowa and his campaign director for New Hampshire.

This has not been the only speed bump the Cain Campaign has experienced.  Cain has suffered some criticism for his remarks about different minority groups, including African-Americans. He stated in an interview, “It’s time to get real, folks. Hope and change ain’t working. Hope and change is not a solution. Hope and change is not a job.”

Cain has also expressed his view about Muslims, stating that he would think twice about appointing a Muslim to work for his administration. “You have peaceful Muslims and you have militant Muslims – those that are trying to kill us. And so when I said I wouldn’t be comfortable I was thinking about the ones that are trying to kill us,” he said in the first GOP primary debate.

Just this past Monday, Cain made a remark that could offend Hispanic-Americans. His strategy to resolve the illegal immigration issue on the Mexican border would be to build a fence the size of the Great Wall of China. Cain said the fence would “be a 20-foot wall, barbed wire, electrified on the top, and on this side of the fence. And I would put those
alligators in that moat!”

The Morehouse College graduate has not shied away from criticizing President Barack Obama. In an interview with the New York Times, Cain made a remark about the President’s legitimacy as a Black man. “It is documented that his mother was white and his father was from Africa. If he wants to call himself black, fine. If he wants to call himself African American, fine. I’m not going down this color road,” Cain said.

If the GOP nominates Herman Cain, his difficulty will be securing the Black vote. The 2010 exit polls showed that African Americans tend to vote 90% Democratic.

The Atlanta native has taken a lesson from the Obama 2008 campaign by targeting medium to small-dollar donors. “I don’t have a problem taking a good idea and using it, even if it did come from Obama,” Cain said.

This article written as a special assignment by Neima Abdulahi of Elon University


Comments (9)
  1. Sarah says:

    We have always had Uncle Tom’s and Sambo negroes who will play race politics to get patted on the head by whitey…What this fool does not realize or is deluding himself into believing that he will be given preference over a white woman or man by the voting electorate…Herman need to get back his radio show and do what he does best, be the lap dog for whitey…

  2. The Black Falcon says:

    African Americans tend to vote 90% democrat and what has that gotten us?

    Let us remember when President Obama was first elected and democrats held the White House, Senate, and House. What de we get in retuurn for voting in mass? A 787 billion dollar stimulus which was suppose to stimulate the economy and put people to work. That didn’t happen. Less than 3% of the government contracts generarated by the stimulus went to minority business. This is an undisputed fact, not emotional rhetoric.

    President Obama said, “A rising tide will lift all boats.” isn’t that the same premise in which trickle down economics is based on? Is it any wonder why Blacks are still 5x more likely to unemployed than whites.

    Wake up people…

    1. Kallan says:

      You need to wake up. why would anybody vote for a joke like Herman Cain. Also, voting for a GOP isn’t going to improve black unemployment.

  3. moni says:

    As others have said they all are friends (Rep & Dem) in the end.
    Cain is just more of a distraction. Obama was put in that office to make the moves ‘they’ needed him to do. The Joke on Blacks as i see it started in the late 60’s & 70’s when the government started elevating women : the State became the husband and Child-support drama began – by having programs for ‘single-mothers’ but leaving the man —- treading in water.
    I now see what is called an Uncle Tom /Sambo – is the upper middle class, and to keep what they have : since Snow Flakes sign a paycheck, they have different concerns then a brother going to jail for not being able to have a job to pay for his offspring. They only thing i think can save this country is when — poor and lower middle class white men realize, their own Rich has played them for a fool – then changes will happen.

  4. SHAKKA says:

    Herman Cain…

    as every day goes by, the more he speaks, the more he sounds like a NUT…

    so far, his rants have been just rhetoric filled public announcements…feel good slander aimed at Obama…chicken tender treats for his audience…

    if i want comedy…i can get real good laughs at the comedy showcase…

    does Herman Cain have attributes, how about expounding on them. is anybody in the republican party original. it’s as if the entire party recites from the one mantra…

  5. Kenneth says:

    Herman Cain………”The Spook That Sat By The Door”. Four words: Re-dic-You-Lus!!!

  6. Angela says:

    He will never win a national election such as the presidency because North of the Mason Dixie line step and fetch is not tolerated. Thanks but no thanks. LOL

  7. Jamin says:

    You people have a lot to say about someone you obviously don’t even know. This brother has some wonderful ideas about real reformation in this country. His support for the Fair Tax Bill alone wins him my support. If Cain is the spook who sat by door then what is Obama? How has Obama helped black unemployment? You people had no problem supporting a black man who was only giving lip service (Obama), but when a black man steps up with some substance you don’t want to support him. Its only because you don’t understand him. Set aside your preconceptions and find out what this brother is really about and I think you will find yourself pleasantly surprised.

  8. porsha says:

    We as black folk need to wake up and realize that no party is going to be our saviours in this day and age! We have had our eyes closed too long and let other groups of non black people form a monopoly over our communities, as we be content with allowing biliions of dollars annually to just float out of our hands into the hands of others.

    If we want to win in this game of life, we must:

    1, be willing to save more than we spend
    2. be aware of where our dollars are going when we spend
    3. learn to trust each other again
    4. learn to agree with each other when it comes to making all of us wealthy.
    5. return to being proud of our heritage and teaching our young about our rich and beautiful history as a culture.
    6. start supporting black owned banks
    7. Stop pretending to be oblivious about the solutions because we dont want to do what it takes to bring about real change.

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