Quote of the Week – Al Sharpton

The Rev. Al Sharpton was Jon Stewart’s guest on last night’s Daily Show. Not someone I usually have a lot of time (or, generally speaking, respect) for, but he pulled off a line for the ages.
While discussing the possibility of having two African Americans vying for the oval office, Stewart wondered if that might split the black vote in a significant way. Sharpton replied that he didn’t think so – that Herman Cain had abandoned any principles that might motivate black people to cast their ballot in his favor. He went on to say that many had accused blacks (himself included and notably Colin Powell) of voting for Obama simply because of his color. I may not have the quote precisely correct but the next sentence was something like, “Look, Herman Cain is a Southern black man, from Southern black parents, and I wouldn’t support him if he was running against a white guy.”

ZING! POW! Reverend Al FTW!

Will post the video clip when I can find it.


9 Responses

  1. I thin I need this quote parsed out for me. It sucks having to explain a joke to someone, but is there some animosity between southern and northern African Americans I am not aware of?

    • Only in that southern blacks may have something of a stronger claim to understanding what it’s like to live with racism, and thus more genuinely comprehend the experience of being oppressed in America. Not to say that racism is not pervasive, just that there IS a difference between being black in Chicago and being black in Mississippi.
      The conversation between Sharpton and Stewart referenced Cain responding to a question about how he might fare in a debate against Obama. Cain asserted that it would be no contest because, “I know what it’s like to be po’ before I was poor.” His argument was that Barack Obama cannot speak to being black in America while Cain can.
      Of course, Obama would destroy Cain a debate…assuming such things are decided by thinking people as opposed to red meat idiots who respond only to imbecilic bumper sticker slogans devoid of content or rationality.
      So, later in the conversation, Stewart asked if Cain vs. Obama in the general election would split the black vote. Sharpton responded on the issues vis Cain’s policies are anathema to blacks; that he and others had been accused of only supporting Obama because of his skin color.
      Cain, in trying to “out black” Obama…does he stand a chance of pulling that demographic? And thus, Sharpton’s response: (Paraphrasing)
      “Yeah…he’s definitely an ‘authentic black man’ but I would vote for a white man who ran against him’.”

      • Skin colo_r??? You’re doing it again, you bastard! Do it too many times and I’ll fly over there and steal your woman.

        As for Herman Cain, I’ve got to give him major props for having the balls to say on national TV (paraphrasing) “Let’s not beat around the bush. The real name of the campground was Camp Niggerhead.”

        When the news is censoring itself, you might as well toss democracy in the trash. Big-up to Cain for “Keepin’ it real”. That said, he’s still minor league material pushing moronic policies…but that hasn’t stopped others from achieving electoral success.

        Bad policies, losing debates, or being an incompetent idiot just are not the determining factors they used to be in elections. Increasingly, the most important thing is packaging and sell-ability. The audience isn’t you, Cousinavi, the audience is the same audience that watches America’s Next Top Model, CSI Saskatoon, Real Midget Housewives of Antigonish, or even Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Anybody capturing that demographic can ride it a long way, maybe even all the way.

  2. that there IS a difference between being black in Chicago and being black in Mississippi.

    From my experience: Only in that the bullshit is expected in the south – smoothed over with southern charm to be sure, but expected – as opposed to the hidden, undercover, cut-your-ass-to-shreds variety in the north that hits ya when you least expect it.

  3. When I moved from South Carolina (south) to Indiana (north), I expected to see less racism. I also expected to see less right-wing stupidity. I was wrong on both parts. The only difference is that people don’t decorate their vehicles with Confederate flags in the north.

    • Take a gander at this seldom talked about piece of Indiana history and you’ll start to wonder if Indiana should have been an honorary southern state.


      When the Governor, half the legislature, and 1/3 of all men are card carrying members of the Klan, that’s a pretty strong racist core that just doesn’t disappear overnight.

      So, racism in Indiana comes as little surprise to me.

      • The surprise is how much of Indiana is racist. Outside of Gary (which is a big ole dump), one had better be careful if you’ve got a bit of melatonin in your skin. Hell, there’s a lot of places I wouldn’t get caught after dark that border the Illinois state line, fewer than 10 miles outside of Chicago.

  4. Whenever people compare northern US & Southern US racism I think of the following episode of an old Comedy Central show, Dr Katz: Professional Therapist. (The quote itself is about 1 minute in.)

    I used to love that show.

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