Herman Cain deserves better than this

Fellow black Republican perpetuates stereotypes of blacks

By Chris Ingram

I received the following Facebook posting from Eddie Adams of Tampa earlier this morning:

“Eddie Adams Jr
New meaning for Black on Black Crime!
Herman Cain Beating Barack Hussein Obama II in 2012!!!

For those of you who don’t know him, Eddie is black. He’s also a perennial candidate for Congress, having run against Kathy Castor several times. He’s lost those races every time by overwhelming margins. Still, what Eddie lacks in a vision and a campaign people are buying into, he makes up for in dogged (some say stubborn), determination to run again.

Photo: Eddie Adams

After reading Mr. Adams’ comment, I posted the following response on Facebook:

“Chris Ingram

Eddie, I would think that you of all people would reject the type of race-baiting comparisons in the political discourse. I for one prefer to look at people and candidates based on their merit not the color of their skin, preferring to believe we are not a nation of groups, but a nation of individuals. This type of comment serves nothing but to advance the divisive nature of these discussions and they only serve to benefit the left. Herman Cain is a man of integrity and accomplishment. That he is black is of no interest to me.”

What bothers me most about Eddie’s comments are that he is black, yet he doesn’t get that he is feeding into the characterizations and stereotypes of black people that they need to overcome – among them, that the black community is all about crime.

I could go on ad-nauseam about this, but I don’t think it is necessary. I think most people with grey matter between their ears get it. We can’t become a nation that is color blind if we continue to focus on stereotypes within the black community – or any other racial or ethnic majority for that matter.

So I close by saying, shame on you Mr. Adams. Herman Cain and the entire black community deserve better than your pathetic nonsense.

 

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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13 thoughts on “Herman Cain deserves better than this”

  1. Between you and Adams, I’m not sure who the idiot is since I know neither of you, but I do know that what he says here is true, common sense, and we ought to pay attention to it.

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  2. I have only met Eddie a couple of times, so I sure do not know him…I think that this was just a poor attempt at a joke. As someone that likes off color jokes (pun not intended) I actually think it is pretty funny. Eddie is prety delusional to think that he ever has a chance to win the district, but should have been smart enough to not make that comment.

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  3. How do you feel about the President’s remarks? “Take off those bedroom slippers and stop nagging and complaining” or some derivation of that comment.

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  4. Seriously, are so many more important items to discuss. Eddie was making a joke. Why not look into how the the Romney delegates overestimated the amount they needed to cast for Cain to make Romney 2nd and Perry Third. That’s a good story.

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  5. Eddie is a nice guy but needs some polishing to win this seat. He should probably focus on a local office first and than revisit running for Castor’s seat.
    I notice whenever Cain is mentioned the Media never say he is a former Federal Reserve Governor.I suppose that would make him too smart to be President!

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  6. Eddie was also overheard complaining and posting that the Republican Party was racist and bigoted on another website. Considering he’s the espousing racism and bigotry, I guess he’s referring to himself? Mr. Adams needs to just quit. I am sensing a ‘sour grapes’ attitude from him. Eddie, if you can’t take the heat then escape the kitchen.

    Now, his comments about Herman Cain (who incidentally I do not support) are a continued proliferation of the ‘Uncle Tom’ attitude that continues to embrace Black America whenever they see one doing well in general society. Eddie considers Herman Cain a sell out. And now Eddie wants to put all blacks in that category? Please sir, speak for yourself and don’t run again. You are a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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  7. IMHO: I don’t get how Eddie Adams’ statement was so terrible. I thought it was just a joke and a pretty good one at that. Does that make me a racist too? Because I thought it was funny and was not offended? And if Adams can’t make a joke about two other black men…then who can? We have gotten too politically correct when we can’t laugh at a joke like that without getting all huffy and in Political Correctness Police Mode.

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  8. And if Adams can’t make a joke about two other black men…then who can? We have gotten too politically correct when we can’t laugh at a joke like that without getting all huffy and in Political Correctness Police Mode.

    DITTO!

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  9. Chris:

    You may not think Eddie meets your high standards of a political winner and that he he is a perelinial looser because of his coming up short in previous efforts against Castor, but your assesment of his humurous remarks about Cain & Obama are unwarranted amd are too plolitically correct.

    Loosen up.

    Eddie has all the credentials in the world to make that remark.
    Those who know Eddie, like him personally , and those who support him like his message.

    We need more Eddie Adams’s in our Party and running for office.
    whether they are winners or not.

    John Butler

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  10. Ok Chris Ingram let’s get you down off that high white horse you rode up here on, how dare you of all people call me a race-baiter. First of all the statement about Black on Black Crime, was not about you, so you don’t have to tell me about merit or skin color. Now the part about, “this discussions only serve to benefit the left,” may be about you having some pinned up White guilt, Black on Black Crime is not special, there is White on White Crime. Of all the people that I send the statement to, including Herman Cain himself, you are the only one that thinks it is race-baiting. For the record, I think you are the racist here. Everyone else got the joke!!!!

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  11. Chris you are becoming the joke here sir, lighten up a hair. If you can’t see this as a joke then you are not smart enough to give political play by play or opinion. Your view is indeed irreverent and off base.

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  12. Reply to Eddie Adams:

    Read my comments again Eddie. I never said your statement was race-baiting. Just a bunch of foolish nonsense that does nothing to advance the cause of good govt, the GOP, or black people.

    Chris Ingram

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