Monday, November 07, 2011

Herman Cain and His Accusers

Isn't it amazing how easy it is in our culture to destroy a man.  And we wonder why good men don't step up to serve.

I never jumped aboard the Cain Train, but I am saddened that a successful private citizen, a conservative black man that wants to serve the country he loves, could be so vulnerable to charges that can neither be proven nor refuted.

Sexual harassment is unique in that it is such an ugly, debasing, and mortifying accusation... And once tarred with it, lends its target to endless jokes and belittling comments.  It strikes at a man's most valued possession... His dignity.

I don't know if you remember, but when Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment... it was a large portion of the black community that stepped away from politics and generally called it a "he said, she said" situation. I wondered at the time if that was because they had seen their fill of racial stereotypes and bigotry surrounding black men and their sexuality. There is not a more despicable or hurtful example of a racist cliche or slur... And only a racial bigot would peddle it.

I believe conservatives will continue to believe in Mr Cain.  Interestingly, it will be liberals who will easily and eagerly believe that he is just another negro male who can't be trusted with women... A child... an animal... a savage who can't control his sexual urges...

But when I look at the landscape of Herman Cain's life and consider what that life has been about, it's going to take more than one -single- documented accusation to make me question the man's character.

Sorry Mr Cain... You deserved better.


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