Drinking From the White Fountain: Tea Party Candidate Herman Cain Turns His Back on the African-American Community
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Ultimately, for any candidate running under the Tea Party brand, expressing reverence for the "Founding Fathers" and a cartoonish version of the U.S. Constitution is mandatory -- and, in this, Herman Cain, speaking in New Hampshire, did not disappoint. In a manner typical of "original intent" constitutional fetishists, Cain dodged any criticism which points out the obvious fact that the Founding Fathers were slave-holding hypocrites, and the Constitution itself was a pro-slavery document. But, then again, in Herman Cain's world, race-segregated drinking fountains did no harm; it's all about the water. In the very white world of the Tea Party, that reassurance is, no doubt, most welcome.
Chauncey DeVega is editor and founder of the blog, We Are Respectable Negroes, which has been featured by the New York Times , the Utne Reader , and The Atlantic . Writing under a pseudonym, DeVega writes essays on race, popular culture, and politics that have appeared in various books, as well as on such sites as the Washington Post 's The Root and Popmatters.