Privileged White Man Questions Black Man’s Commitment to Civil Rights

Posted: October 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

Honestly, I have watched few things that have made my blood boil as much as Lawrence O’Donnell’s “interview” of Herman Cain last night.  I use the phrase “interview” in the loosest possible sense of the word because it wasn’t really an interview.  It was a carefully orchestrated smear campaign by O’Donnell.

If you have the stomach for it, you can watch the clips here (I warn you though, don’t watch these within two hours of eating).

Lawrence O’Donnell, a privileged white liberal who attended a prestigious private high school, graduated from pasty-white Harvard, the son of a prominent Boston attorney, and who never served in the military had the gall to actually question Herman Cain’s commitment to civil rights as well as his service during Vietnam.

While Lawrence was penning articles for the Harvard Lampoon, where he was  “popular” “due to his wit and sarcasm,” Herman Cain was fighting to make something of himself in the racially segregated south.

Lawrence O’Donnell would know very little about Herman Cain’s life.  Unlike O’Donnell, Cain didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth.  “Herman Cain grew up in Atlanta, Georgia with loving parents and little else. His father worked three jobs—as a janitor, a barber and a chauffeur—and his mother was a domestic worker. Even though these jobs required hard work and little glamour, his parents knew this life was better than the dirt farms upon which they grew up. They also knew that this hard work was the key to achieving their American Dreams.”

Lawrence O’Donnell has parlayed his privileged upbringing into an even more privileged life.  His parents, I am sure are proud.  Herman Cain’s parents were proud of their son too, not for marrying a Hollywood actress like Lawrence O’Donnell did, but for more modest reasons:

“Herman’s parents had two dreams. First, they wanted to own their own house. Secondly, they wanted both of their children to graduate from college. During the segregation era in the Deep South, these aspirations might have seemed lofty, but they knew that if they kept their faith in God, faith in themselves and faith in the greatest country on the Earth, they could achieve.

The first dream was realized in a modest brick house on Albert Street in Atlanta, Georgia. After years of saving from his many jobs, Herman’s father surprised the whole family, even his wife, by purchasing a home for their family. The second dream was realized when Herman graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in mathematics in 1967.”

Lawrence O’Donnell would also know very little about service to this country.  While Mr. O’Donnell never served in the military himself, he has no problem questioning the service of Herman Cain.

Inspired by the work ethic and character of his parents, Herman continued his education by earning his Master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University while working full-time developing fire control systems for ships and fighter planes for the Department of the Navy. 

Herman Cain is an American success story.  A man who overcame amazing odds to get to where he is today.  Herman Cain’s story is one that should be celebrated as an example of real American exceptionalism.  Herman Cain’s story is the epitome of the American dream. 

Herman returned to his home of Atlanta to begin working as a computer systems analyst for the Coca-Cola Company.  After considerable success at Coca-Cola, he moved to the Pillsbury Company. Within a short period of time, Herman rose to position of Vice President. Although the comforts of a corner office on the 31st floor of a majestic corporate building seemed satisfying, Herman knew that he needed a challenge.

He became the regional vice president of Pillsbury’s Burger King division. This meant starting from the “ground up,” dodging grease fires and broiling hamburgers. Herman was assigned to lead a low performing region of 450 of their restaurants. Within three years, it became the best performing region in the company.

Energized by overcoming the many obstacles of his job at Burger King, Herman took on the biggest challenge of his career. He accepted the call to become the President and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, a company that was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. In just 14 months, Herman returned Godfather’s to profitability and he led his management team to a buyout of the company.

His professional successes garnered the respect and admiration of industry peers who named him the President of the National Restaurant Association.

Instead of celebrating that story, O’Donnell – a man who has had every opportunity and every privilege imaginable afforded to him – chooses to denigrate and smear Cain.

Can you imagine if Bill O’Reilly had asked Barack Obama these kinds of questions?  Liberals like Lawrence O’Donnell would spend a week straight screaming “racist!”

Lawrence O’Donnell should be ashamed of himself.

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Comments
  1. paulinphilly says:

    These people show who the real racists are in this country: privileged white liberals.

  2. Jennifer Meyers says:

    Cain was IN Atlanta, IN college, when everything was happening and chose to do NOTHING to fight for black people. That was O’Donnell’s point, and it was well taken. I love when Republicans accuse others for being racist as they defend a man who sat on the sidelines and did NOTHING to fight for his rights in Atlanta in the 60s, let the others do that hard work, while he focused on himself. The same man, just the other day, accused the 94% of black people, who vote Democratic of being “brainwashed,” but O’Donnell is the racist? Stop hating yourself idiot, and join a party who fights for your rights, instead of remaining in a party which hates you more than you clearly hate yourself. The only think more insane about a black person or woman being Republican, is a GAY Republican; you’re a fool.

    • Ambival says:

      I only heard hatred in one post; yours. You’re not very bright, are you?

    • Kevin Culleton says:

      You obviously have no grasp of history whatsoever, Ms Meyers. Republicans fought against slavery. Democrats fought to keep slavery. Republicans want people to lift themselves out of poverty like Herman Cain and his parents did. Democrats want to perpetuate a system that doles out money and fosters dependency on the government. Herman Cain, a Republican, is an African American success story while Lawrence O’Donnell is a pathetic fraud who got where he is by marriage and from being born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

      You maam, are a lemming who believes that entitlement breeds equality. Entitlement breeds government dependence and discourages initiative. It will continue to grow just to fuel petty reelection ambitions regardless of the damage it does to this nation.

      • Richard says:

        I absolutely agree with you. I’m sick of these brain dead liberals.

      • Richard says:

        Let me add this. If you look at Mr. Cains life and achievements, he totally blows the liberal dogma out of the water. He makes the liberal agenda obsolete and that is why Mr. Cain is attacked by the lefties. Herman Cain IS an American success story and an inspiration. I’m sick to death with the leach, parasite and moocher “Where’s mine?” class that is growing in this country.

    • MWR says:

      LOL! Oh wow, Jennifer. You’re a peach! I haven’t laughed so hard in days. You really are an uneducated little twit, aren’t you? Please go to your room and grow up; the adults are talking right now.

    • Bob in TX says:

      there’s only one fool here, and it’s not the blogger, it’s you.

    • Wow, you are shallow, aren’t you?

    • Night Owl says:

      Being black in the segregated south meant ALWAYS being involved in the civil rights struggle, whether you wanted to or not. Just applying to college was a fight against stereotypes. Just maintaining one’s dignity in the face of daily degradation was to be a part of the struggle. Get a clue, Jennifer.

      As for the rest of your rant, you sound like a typical shallow-thinking ideologue who is unable to form opinions for your self. In a word, boring.

    • Teecee Lynch says:

      Reality is just some kind of nebulous concept, for you?

    • Michael says:

      Typical hypocritical response of a liberal who is only inclusive of all people if the are left wing liberals. This is why the liberal media and the liberal partisans are losing their message and their support. Keep it up!!!

    • Kim Basinger says:

      Can I have some moe koolaid please? I am unable to think clearly as I too have been brain washed by the liberal media. Oh, did I mentioned I voted for Obama? He is so cool! Obama told us while campaigning that the Christians were fools. He belongs to several racist groups as well and sat in the pews of Rev Wright enjoying his sermons for 20 years bashing Americans. He has spent more money than all the presidents together in the last 3 years and wants more. I believe him when he says his new jobs bill will work because he has never lied before. I have to go now, Rachel Maddow has something important to say.

    • darling!! says:

      I know there is NO hope for you Jenny and your brainwashed mind from the state run media that feeds you nothing but socialism. The fact that LO is suppose to be bias journalist and treat all his guest the same way is laughable.
      Why did he not ask Clinton about his dodging the draft? How about asking Obama about his Rev Wright or why is Obama so affiliated with a whole lot of registered communist and are his czars. If you liberals are all are socialist and LO has come out and said he is why doesn’t LO praise it and out these leaders who are really socialist??? Answer: because Americans in general do not want that for our country. We stick to our constitution. Acorn would of been another good question. Or be so direct and ask Obama why all the shenanigans in the white house.. ie Solyndra, “fast & furious”, ect
      Doesn’t matter you don’t care about principle only your silly party with a big government and forcing (aka tax) people to pay so you can feel good and you can profess peace & love…. lol!!! The good news these liberals are the minority and us who are the hard working tax payers are the decent silent majority.

      shhhhhh ps…. I know you wont change and don’t want you to…. your to immersed in all the left indoctrination given to you all your life by all the state media/education. Stay mean sista… lol!!!

    • So it was bad for a black man to focus on an education rather than join in the protests? Every person has a purpose in life, some to protest, others to be ready. To say all should act in the same way denies individual rights.

      Also Jennifer, it was the Democrat partly that was resistent to the Civil Rights movement. Several Democrats were memebers of kkk.

  3. Ambival says:

    I wouldn’t say that all privileged white liberals are racists. That said, I think what irks the left the most is that American success stories like Herman Cain’s. It undermines their dogmatic narrative that America is a racist country in which a minority can’t succeed. This ultimately exposes their own hypocrisy and worldview. If the world is one in which a person much accept responsibility for his own actions, there is no need for the self-important and “benevolent” to confiscate another person’s wealth, freedom and property to more “wisely” distribute them.

    There must always be a victim, manufactured or not, for someone to prove his moral superiority at a third person’s expense.

  4. chrisrbarron says:

    I approved the comment from Jennifer so people could see exactly how liberals think. An amazing insight to their plantation mentality.

  5. [...] look foolish than explore his positions. GOPROUD executive Chris Barron got more than an earful and didn’t care for what he heard. Honestly, I have watched few things that have made my blood boil as much as Lawrence [...]

  6. bankroller says:

    Larry demonstrated himself to be quite the racist.

  7. GayPatriotMidwest says:

    Excellent work on this story, Chris!

    The louder and more ridiculous useful idiots like O’Donnell become, the more I am assured that we’re headed in precisely the right direction.

    Kudos, from one proud, gay conservative to another!

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  10. Loyd Cook says:

    Good piece, Chris. The more I learn of Mr. Cain, the more I appreciate and respect him. He would make a good president. This is a moment in history where the right person could be known to historians as a great president. Mr. Cain might be able to pull that off. That said, anyone but Obama, campaigner and divider in chief.

    When is your next Red Eye appearance?

    • vlf says:

      haha! The more attacks the better because it’s making him look like the idiot that he is and making Mr. Cain stand out strong. Backfired didn’t it?!

  11. Dirty Sex & Politics says:

    I should have heeded your advice and skipped my bagel before I watched this. There really is no shame on the Left. But I have to tell you, one of the things I’m growing to love about Herman Cain is how graciously he handles the attacks. It doesn’t rattle him, he dissects their points and answers them head on. I like that. It creates a confidence in him.
    The other frustrating point is like you mentioned, if Bill O’Reilly had acted this way toward Obama we never would have heard the end of it. This is barely mentioned in the drive by media. Shameful indeed.

  12. vlf says:

    Bottom line…Liberal Dems are scared to death of Herman Cain….pure and simple! He would crush Obama in a debate and the black community is awakening and it scares the daylights out of them and now they’re panicking. It’s rather fun to watch. ;D

  13. Jarrod says:

    “The Congressional Quarterly of June 26, 1964 recorded that in the Senate, only 69 percent of Democrats (46 for, 21 against) voted for the Civil Rights Act as compared to 82 percent of Republicans (27 for, 6 against). All southern Democratic senators voted against the act. [...] In the House of Representatives, 61 percent of Democrats (152 for, 96 against) voted for the Civil Rights Act; 92 of the 103 Southern Democrats voted against it. Among Republicans, 80 percent (138 for, 34 against) voted for it.”

  14. Frusty says:

    The media in today’s society is a sham. FOX is the worst. It is not so much that the real story isn’t available as much as it is hidden by the agenda of RATINGS OBTAINING. Seriously, personal feelings and agendas use to be for talk shows. Now the media is nothing more than a place for tabloid news and business. Anything for the dollar. I am not saying this guy is right or wrong. I do know he took hold of the American dream and became a very successful individual who happens to be an African American. He worked himself out of that environment and now we are trying to put him back there. It is no wonder there is such a divide between all people in a country who use to pride itself on the Unity through diversity. What a shame.

  15. Cory says:

    All this freaking crap about the liberal agenda -_- I’m a liberal democrat and damn proud of it, but I too do not like how Mr Lawrence questioned Mr Cain on all of this. Its like us LGBT with marriage equality. Not everyone is going to go out protest and march and shit. Still you people need to shut the hell up about the liberal agenda when you don’t know shit and are placing blame on something not even tangible! MY GOD!

    • GayPatriotMidwest says:

      Of course, judging by the intelligent, articulate, reasoned argument set forth by Cory, we should all be utterly ashamed of ourselves for daring to comment.

      And these people why we don’t fall at their feet, and why that “permanent Democrat majority” didn’t quite work out quite as well as they had hoped.

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