Herman Cain's attitudes on racism
In a recent interview, Republican candidate Herman Cain made a claim that racism among black liberals is a bigger problem than racism among conservative white tea partiers. He also claims that racism is an easy excuse for poor blacks to use as to why they're not getting ahead.
So here's the question: is he right? For example, there's such a massive social stigma towards white people showing any signs of racism. The fastest way for a white guy to lose friends, alienate neighbors, or get fired is to act like a bigot. Heck, it's been years since I've heard my white friends even tell racial jokes. Meanwhile, if Jesse Jackson or Reverend Wright are any indication, there's less social stigma in the black community for making offensive racial comments.
BTW, I'm not trying to downplay America's racist past or ignore the effects of institutional racism. I'm not a hardcore conservative and I don't agree with a lot that Cain says. I do however think he has a point that"being kept down by the white man" is an easy excuse for ignoring complex geopolitical and economic forces. It allows certain Democratic leaders to act like strong supporters of minority rights while at the same time supporting free trade agreements that hurt the working class. And dare I say that Cain also has a point about personal responsibility?