White supremacy has profoundly damaged some black people people in this country. Truly it has. Case in point: at every step of his career Herman Cain benefited from the Civil Rights Movement and programs such as affirmative action in hiring and university admissions. Now, he spits in the face of that legacy and plays the "racism doesn't exist" game.
In the black community we often talk in private about a dynamic where some who have suffered under white racism (or homophobia, sexism, and other oppressive forces) turn against their own people and seek out the alms and love and validation of Whiteness. The approval sustains them. Herman Cain and his
With the end of black private spaces, the rise of the Internet, and the emergence of the Black Superpublic, all of our private shames are on display for the world to see. Herman Cain's candidacy is a spectacle. I shutter with what comes next.
[Will Herman Cain tell White America that slavery did black people a favor because it got us out of Africa and brought Christianity to a formerly savage people?]
Chime in folks as I try to collect my thoughts.