Herman Cain, a black conservative and former Republican presidential candidate called the New York Times a racist newspaper on Friday by criticizing the paper for allowing a black professor to state that Republicans use black politicians to undermine black community interests and continuing to play the race card as democrats usually do.
Cain said, “Apparently there is a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania named Adolph Reed Jr. Professor Reed considers it a “puzzle” that there are black Republicans, and writes off said black Republicans as “tokens” who are so deplorable, he doesn’t even want to hear about them anymore.”
Cain was referring to an op-ed, “The Puzzle of Black Republicans” written by Professor Adolph Reed Jr., a black democrat, in the New York Times on Monday.
Reed’s editorial was in reference to South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley announced statement early last week that she would name Representative Tim Scott to the US Senate, replacing US Senator Jim DeMint who resigned to head the Heritage Foundation.
Representative Tim Scott is a black republican.
In his op-ed, Reed said in-part:
“Just as white Southern Democrats once used cynical manipulations — poll taxes, grandfather clauses, literacy tests — to get around the 15th Amendment, so modern-day Republicans have deployed blacks to undermine black interests…”
“Even if the Republicans managed to distance themselves from the thinly veiled racism of the Tea Party adherents who have moved the party rightward, they wouldn’t do much better among black voters than they do now. I suspect that appointments like Mr. Scott’s are directed less at blacks — whom they know they aren’t going to win in any significant numbers — than at whites who are inclined to vote Republican but don’t want to have to think of themselves, or be thought of by others, as racist.”
While Rep. Tim Scott told Fox News that the New York Times column shouldn’t be taken seriously, Cain doesn’t see it that way.
“He thinks black people need welfare, and can’t make it under the kinds of free-market policies advocated by the likes of Samuel Pierce, Clarence Pendleton, Clarence Thomas, Tim Scott, and Herman Cain. Since Professor Reed is also a black man, I wish him well in dealing with his obvious self-loathing. But he might learn a lot if he spent a little time moving in the circles I move in. He would meet lots of highly accomplished black men and women who have pursued their dreams in the capitalist system and have done exceedingly well. They vote Republican because they understand that free-market policies open up this same kind of opportunity for others,” Cain said.
“It’s a shame the New York Times is such a racist newspaper.”