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October 18th, 2011
08:54 AM ET

The liberal church of Herman Cain

By Eric Marrapodi and John Blake, CNN

Editor’s note: CNN’s John Blake was formerly a member of Antioch Baptist Church North. He left 13 years ago.

Atlanta (CNN) -  Herman Cain has vaulted to the top of the polls as a Republican presidential candidate, but there’s one audience that may prove tougher for him to win over: his hometown church.

Cain, a conservative who recently said African-Americans were “brainwashed” into voting Democratic, is an associate minister at an Atlanta megachurch that has been a stronghold of liberal activism and is led by a pastor who cites Malcolm X as one of his influences.

Cain is a longtime member of Antioch Baptist Church North, which sits near the former college and home of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The church, founded by freed slaves 134 years ago, boasts 14,000 members and an operating budget of more than $5 million. For years Antioch has hosted a “who’s who” of civil rights activists as guest speakers, including Jesse Jackson and Andrew Young.

Antioch’s powerful senior pastor, the Rev. C.M. Alexander, doesn’t share Cain’s political philosophy, Atlanta clergy say. But Cain and Alexander are so close that Cain sang “The Impossible Dream” for the pastor’s 50th anniversary celebration. The Atlanta businessman-turned-presidential hopeful is well liked by many members of his church, though some disagree with his politics, Antioch pastors say.

Cain’s piety may be just as fascinating as his politics, interviews suggest.

“He’s a real person who is more complicated than the sound bite you may have heard from him,” says the Rev. Fredrick Robinson, a friend of Cain’s who was an associate minister at Antioch before leaving to form his own church.

At Antioch, Cain has had to share the pews with fiery critics of the Republican Party like Joe Beasley, a man born to sharecroppers who once said he’s been called the “N-word” more times than he can count.

Read about Cain's stint as an Atlanta radio talk show host

Beasley is a deacon at Antioch and serves as Southern regional director for Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition. He also knows Cain and has no problem with his presence at Antioch.

“We’re good friends. He’s a great speaker and a great singer. He has a great love for the church,” Beasley says.

Beasley says he doesn’t talk politics with Cain, though.

“I respect him – and I want to keep my respect for him,” Beasley says.

Beasley, who worked with Cain on his unsuccessful 2004 run for one of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats, says Antioch’s acceptance of the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO is not unusual. It’s an attitude, he says, that starts at the top with Alexander.

“The reverend’s position is when we open the door, whosoever comes, let them come,” Beasley says.

Alexander did not return calls seeking comment. Cain also was not available to comment for this article.

‘He’s family’

The black church has long been a paradox. It is one of the most politically liberal but theologically conservative institutions in the black community. Cain’s house of worship embodies some of these contradictions.

Antioch is a member of the National Baptist Convention USA Inc., a denomination in which some churches do not ordain women. The denomination’s leadership publicly broke with King over his civil rights activism.

But like many black Baptist churches, Antioch has developed a strong social justice component to its ministry over the years. It offers ministries for people suffering from drug addition and those infected with HIV/AIDS, and it has been a Sunday stopover for black politicians running for office.

Cain and his family blossomed in this world, according to some people who’ve known them at Antioch.

Robinson, the former Antioch minister, says Cain’s parents were pillars of the church. Cain graduated from Morehouse College, King’s alma mater, and went away to make his fortune. He returned to Antioch amid “great fanfare,” Robinson says.

Cain eventually became a fixture in the church’s deacon’s corner, a row of seats near the pulpit. On any Sunday, Cain could be seen sitting with the other deacons in his favorite light-blue dress shirt shouting, “Preach Rev!” or “Say it,” as the minister preached, Robinson says.

In 2002, Cain became a licensed minister at Antioch, he told Christianity Today.

Antioch members accept Cain because “he’s family,” Robinson says.

“If Herman Cain was one of those real uppity ‘I’m too good for regular blacks folks’ kind of person, he wouldn’t have mingled with us like he did,” Robinson says.

Robinson left Antioch to form his own church in rural Georgia and invited Cain to speak three times. All Robinson could afford to pay Cain was $200. It didn’t matter to Cain, whose speaking fee is usually far more, Robinson says.

Cain accepted the offer and brought a group of worshippers along with him to support Robinson’s small church, the pastor says.

Cain’s views on race aren’t simplistic, Robinson says. Cain says he doesn’t think racism is a huge obstacle for blacks, but Robinson says Cain has privately told him it’s a problem and once even complained about “the good ol’ boy” network in Georgia Republican politics.

“He knows there’s racism in the tea party, but he’ll never say that because they are his supporters. That bothers a lot of people, but he plays to that base not because he’s a sellout but because he’s a politician,” Robinson says.

In one video on his campaign website, “The Official Herman Cain Train Music Video,” Cain poses with young African-American and white supporters at a tea party rally and bellows, "To those who say the tea party is a racist organization, eat your words!"

The Rev. Gerald Durley, senior pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta and a longtime activist, recalls when Cain performed the key song from “Man of La Mancha” for Antioch’s pastor.

Cain sang “The Impossible Dream” in his deep baritone and “got a standing ovation,” Durley says. (Cain, who recently released an album of gospel tunes, also belted out the song at a recent campaign stop.)

Cain’s conservative message that blacks should forget about racism and focus on pulling themselves up by their bootstraps doesn’t mesh with his pastor’s philosophy, says Durley, himself a longtime leader among Atlanta clergy.

When the evangelist Billy Graham visited Atlanta in 1994 for a crusade, Alexander demanded that Graham include blacks on the various committees that organized his speaking event at the Georgia Dome, Durley says.

“He’s not going to talk about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,” Durley says of Antioch’s pastor. “It’s about providing bootstraps.”

Alexander has said pastors should be agents of social change, not “religious pop stars.” He says Malcolm X and Rosa Parks are some of his civil rights influences.

“It’s not enough to talk about what black folks ought to do,” Alexander once said. “We have to also look at what government is not doing to ensure fairness and equal opportunity. God is on the side of the least of these. Jesus said, ‘The first shall become the last and the last shall become the first.’”

But Durley says Alexander can separate Cain’s political and religious beliefs.

“(Alexander) has respect for him,” Durley says. “Cain has been there for years. I would imagine that Alexander would say, ‘I can separate his spiritual soul and salvation from his political dogma.’”

‘Very clear … faith walk’

Ken Blackwell - former Cincinnati mayor, former Ohio secretary of state and fellow African-American Republican - first worked with Cain on an economic growth and tax reform commission in the mid-1990s.

“(Cain) is a person who tries to live his faith in the way he conducts himself in public and private life,” Blackwell says. “He doesn’t just talk the talk. He actually lives what he says and believes in.

“We have prayed with and for one another,” Blackwell says.

Both Cain and Blackwell are cancer survivors, and the two men leaned on each other during their health struggles. Blackwell beat prostate cancer in 2000 and Cain was diagnosed with stage four cancer in 2006. Cain has said his faith, coupled with the right medical treatment, was a major reason he was able to fight and beat the disease.

“I was able to see he has a very clear and discernible faith walk he was very comfortable with and very dependent on as he met his challenges,” Blackwell says.

Ralph Reed, head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition and former Christian Coalition leader, says the time Cain spent behind the podium at Antioch has helped him connect with voters on the campaign trail.

“Herman Cain can hold his own with Mike Huckabee in terms of his ability to connect with and really develop a rapport with voters of faith,” Reed says. Cain heads back to Iowa next week to speak at a Faith and Freedom event with Reed.

“He shares their faith, he shares their values and he’s extremely good at being able to communicate his views,” Reed says. “I think someone who is comfortable with the lexicon of evangelicals is clearly going to over-perform in the early primaries.”

But while voters have welcomed Cain and helped rocket him to the top of polls, there are some fellow African-American clergy who are not as accepting.

The Rev. Artis Johnson, an Atlanta pastor, wrote an open letter to Cain in a local online newspaper, the Cascade Patch, after Cain said last month that blacks were brainwashed into voting Democratic.

“We are not circus animals or attendees of hypnotism shows that cannot make the reasonable and right decisions about who our greatest political enemies are, ” Johnson wrote.

In his letter, Johnson asked Cain why blacks would vote Republican when the party desires to disenfranchise blacks at the voting booth, denies the power of racism and believes the free market is going to address the needs of the poor and elderly.

“In my heart,” Johnson wrote, “I was hoping that you would represent a politician that did more than appeal to the worst in the electorate.”

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Baptist • Belief • Christianity • Herman Cain • Politics

soundoff (1,058 Responses)
  1. mejazzbo

    Where did they get this bunch of knuckleheads... This is really getting scary!

    October 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  2. larrydavidsandwhich

    I guess than CNN hates Cain ALMOST as much as they hate Paul.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • vet4life63

      you hit the nail on the head. CNN, will report anything negative they can about any candidate that they don't like ( meaning any conservative) and will NOT report on the negative things that there candidates do. MSM basically picking the next prez due to the evident inability for the mass majority to do their own research. Oh and Dr. Paul? They just report as little as possible in a obvious effort to censor. Obama was there sweetheart in the last election. Guess who it is this time? Same.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Davide

      You are right, there is such a thing as being real. I just think that it has a time and a place, like during a debtae, otherwise you should stay on message.Let me put it different I think that if I am looking to put my support behind a candidate, I want to see that their focus is on winning and not another position.

      May 19, 2012 at 9:54 am |
  3. 19

    "Further proof that the Obama media machine is very afraid of Herman Cain."

    You can't be serious. If Obama could somehow draft Herman Cain to run against him for the GOP, it would happen. Romney is the best chance the GOP has.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  4. Alan

    The one flaw is this article is the quote from that sanctimonious toad, Ralph Reed. He is such a phoney Christian that his name should be banned from any discussion of Christians.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  5. nofluer

    Let's see.... the last time we ignored the candidate's church we got.... Obama the America-hater.

    Ignore Cain's church affiliation and you'll get – ANOTHER radical Left winter. (Right wing conservative people don't get to be FED chairmen.)

    Cain's a fraud. Romney's a fraud. The ONLY valid candidate who is exactly what he seems is Ron Paul – and if you would try to save the USA from becoming a bankrupt authoritarian Socialist State, Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate in the room.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • vet4life63

      Ron Paul is by far the best candidate. He wants to do things that will help the little guy, that is willing to work, and prevent the fed and big banks from sucking us dry. Obama GAVE them OUR money. Paul wants to end the fed. totally revise the tax system. I think thats a good thing!

      October 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  6. CarefulThought

    Where was this inspection in 2007? Have you heard the garbage that came out of the mouth of Obama's pastor for 20 years? And the big story here is that there might be political differences between Herman Cain and his pastor? How dumb does Cnn think we are?

    October 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  7. BushCheiney

    Total waste of time. Cain is NOT going anywhere! He is NOT electable; he knows and every right thinking American knows that NO BODY is going to vote for him. The press is just feeding his ego and using him to raise interest.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Amom

      I thought Obama was not electable. Boy, was I wrong. The more I read about Herman Cain, the more I like him. Dennis Miller has a great slogan for Cain if he is nominated. "Cain Vs. Unable".

      October 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • M1nden

      we said the same about Obama

      October 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • GauisJulius

      LOL!!!! Is this a joke? Have you read the comments on this blog, forget all the polls that have been executed? There are countless people on here that would vote for Cain, so the idea that NO ONE would vote for him is amn insult to anyone that can read! Then again, judging from the fact that you can't even spell the last name of the former VP of the US for 8 years, I can understand how you might feel no one would vote for him. There are some intelligent people out there that can decide for themselves without believing the lies CNN and people like you are spreading!

      October 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  8. Patricksday

    I hope Cain does get the nomination, it will totally divide the GOP, some will not Vote because they hate Black people plain and simple. Can you see Boehner and Cantor taking orders from an exPizza Executive, and "Christian Minister"????? Its very Delicious, plus they need the Blessing of Pope Limbaugh who spews hatred over the radio every weekday to the angry sheep iho follow him.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  9. ajgorm

    The core nature of the republican party just got a make over. But really an electric fence that would electricute illegals.The black community is not that desperate for farm labor jobs.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  10. sickofmorons

    Here's a thought – perhaps it's not that his church has 'liberal' views but is a church that actually, truly practices Christianity – which, in reality, is quite liberal in that whole 'feed those that are hungry and clothe those who are naked' idea. Crazy person, this Jesus apparently. *rolls eyes*. Cons are hypocritical losers who will have a very difficult time answering to God one day.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • GauisJulius

      Read the Bible and then read this article. Read the quotes from these pastors as to the role of the church and then read what Jesus said. It is absolutely different in every way.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  11. lolo

    One more thing, he was not geeting my vote anyway. I am a minority and the republicans/tea partiers thought I was going to vote for him because he is black? LOL!!!!!!!!!!! Obama will mop the florr with him. Please pick him as the nominee republican/tea partiers. Pretty please if this will push you harder.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  12. Moi

    oh god this is funny. love love love

    October 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  13. Rainmaker

    someone needs to tell mr. cain that running the USA is not the same as running a pizza joint and 9.99 only works for pepperoni and cheese NOT the highly dynamic economic and taxation system for 300 million people of all income levels.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Moi

      he's just the flavor of the day anyway. i expect next week there will be a new 'frontrunner'

      October 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • Bellanca

      RON PAULHe will limit Big Government in your private afirfas.He voted against regulating the Internet.He is the only candidate for President in 2012 who actually served his country.He was a flight surgeon during Vietnam.Ron Paul’s popularity is so high among U.S. service members that the TexasCongressman’s presidential campaign has received more money from U.S.soldiers than any other candidate in the 2012 presidential race.

      May 22, 2012 at 3:51 am |
  14. John in Colorado

    I place great value in loyalty from whence you came. If the community that gave you succor, molded you and embraced you in your youth is now not worthy of being looked after, then what says that of a man's character? As president, you will be tested in decisions that cost lives. Adversity does not build character, it reveals it. Say what you may about the political skills of president Obama. I believe him a man of upstanding and forthright character who serves for the right reasons. And he is trying his best against obstructionist political opponents to better the situation for us all. That's all I need to know.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  15. RAH

    We found out more about Hermain Cain's church in this little article, than we did about President Obama's church and Reverend Wright and he is the President who attended that church for 20 years and he married the Obamas. Way to go CNN, good investigative reporting. Maybe you will do the same due diligence on the Presidents associations.......waiting

    October 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  16. MTwain11

    Interesting how CNN and the Dems are working overtime to minimize Cain since he's not on the Democrat plantation. They can't call him a racist since he's black. They make fun of his success in business since the product was Pizza. They never talk about his role with the Federal Reserve since that would imply intelligence. Now they target his church since it's attended by a lot of liberals? You'd think that would be a positive thing that he associates with a broad cross-section of America. How did Obama's church affiliation go virtually unreported by CNN? We're still waiting to see some serious reporting about Obama's past. No one even knows what grades he made in College.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • wruss

      To be honest, I couldn't tell you the college grades of any past president. Is this really an important issue? I do remember the outcry about Obama's church, which seems to have opened the door on this topic for Cain.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Garmac

      Who care at this point. Obama is president so let's more on and focus on the new faces of the candidates... Stuff about Obama is old news. You want to know more about him? There are plenty of books available...

      October 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Damian

      I personally don't care what Church he belongs to ( as long as it's not a satanic cult or wacked out fundamentalists or evangelicals or pentacostals...........if the man is qualified and can lead that's all that matters.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Intuitive

      Being black does not mean that you can't be a racist. There were plenty of blacks who helped to ensure that other blacks were confined to slavery. Plenty of people hate who they are. I'm not saying that Herman Cain hates being black, but you cannot insult people and think that you are going to win them over. If I called all of the white people in Mississippi "brainwashed" into voting for republicans you'd call me a racist.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  17. ungato1

    The more I see what CNN comes up with to denigrate Herman Cain, the more I am convinced (not that I need more convincing) that he is every bit qualified to be President. The very fact that he raises liberal hackles tells me he is on the right track. So far there hasn't been any downsides for Herman that are serious enough to have significance. Almost every negative comment I've heard, many from CNN and the rest of the main stream media, has been petty, exaggerated, or mean-spirited. This is a good solid man of integrity and ability. I'd vote for him in a nano-second.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • DarthWoo

      I daresay you probably haven't been paying much attention then. This is a man who is either dangerously unaware or maliciously aware that his much-touted 9-9-9 plan is just another neocon shell game that will significantly raise the effective tax rate on most or all middle and lower class earners, while rewarding the richest with a greatly diminished tax rate. It is an incredibly regressive plan which he could scarcely defend on Meet the Press without launching into a rambling tirade. He is also a bigot who has announced that he would reinstate DADT, spitting in the face of every gay serviceman and woman who has been forced to live a lie in order to serve an ungrateful nation, and who only now can feel free to not have to lie to everyone around them. This comes even as all reports indicate that the post-DADT transition has been smooth and uneventful, outside of a few very vocal bigots who probably don't have any business being issued weapons by the government to begin with. Even now, those who were callously discharged under an archaic law are flocking to reenlist in spite of the hatred shown them by their nation, and this man would prefer to see them unable to serve. Yeah, some people really just aren't paying attention.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • MCJNY

      then you vote for that idiot. His 999 plan is an absolutely window dressed farce. Something catchy to snag fellow idiots who don't know how to use calculators. Its crap and more crap out there. At this time, I am voted for the least crappy(it's debatable because they are all crap), which is imo obama. He is going to need some real support and a public good driven agenda. If cain had a real matured plan that stood up to basic scrutiny, I will consider it. He has helped. Cain has started the debate in earnest to fix our terrible tax system. Let's keep that discussion very much alive

      October 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
    • ungato1

      To Darth Woo. I think his 999 plan would get revised in the implementation process to mitigate negative impacts on those at or below the poverty level, so I am not ready to think it isn't a good start to find a way of simplifying the tax code and all its egregious errors inflicted all, of any income level as it stands now. As for DADT, I do not support his view, though I think it is probably borne more out of concern than bigotry. I do think Herman is probably from the "old school", however, on this and probably other issues as well. But we all change as we learn and become more involved in these complicated issues. I guess that means I agree with you about what DADT was all about, but not what Herman Cain is all about.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • DarthWoo

      If that were the case, you'd think that they would have examined the deleterious effects that Reaganomics, trickle-down and all the tax cuts sine the post WWII period would have had on the general economy and just nipped that in the bud. The inconvenient truth is that most of these politicians are bought and paid for by those in whose interests it is to maintain their own low tax rates, the lower classes be damned. Even Obama failed to eliminate the Bush tax cuts, something for which I strongly criticize him. His current attempt to partially equalize the field may be too little and too late, and in any case the GOP will fight tooth and nail to keep tax rates low for the rich, despite there having never been any demonstrably positive effects from doing so.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • and you are delucional

      this man is dangerous, full of himselvesl, his 15 minuts of fame will end out soon, the media is using him because he is an ignorant who does not know what is he taling about.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • lisa2010

      AM I MY BROTHER'S KEEPER???? YES, I AM!!! if Cain denied that fact that he didn't reach the top by himself, and since he's up there he forgets where he come from, i would say he's not the president for me... he has to realized that not everyone is like him, they need help to reach there... if he denies that every word he speaks from his lips, whether it be arrogant or of compassion will have an impact on every american citizen if he becomes president..well, he can stay up there on his pedestal and look down at everyone, by himself, all by himself... good luck mr. cain, you're going to need it... you have already sold your soul to the devil....

      October 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  18. GauisJulius

    This article made me laugh many times. Who would care what a liberal pastor thinks anyways, since liberal pastors don't practice the words of the Bible anyways. The best quote though was when the Rev talked about his enemies...strange choice of words to come from a pastor of a Christian church. Sounds more like a civil rights militant, but secular nonBiblical pastor to me! And the Rev Alexander's quote about the church's focus being social change isn't the way jesus described it. See, that guy Alexander talks about on Sunday made it clear we are to bring others to Christ...and god changes them...not the idea of showing social change by being as liberal as you can...in an unsuccessful attempt to be everything to everyone. that's not biblical...like any of these quotes I read in this article.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Patricksday

      THANK YOU!! There sure are two different Bibles there is the one that has the Chapter of Matthew and there are those that have those pages REMOVED, they are never spoke of "What you do to the Least you have done to God" Who will sit at the Right hand of the Father- George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Reverend Cain, Romney– Your all Hypocrits

      October 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Damian

      Thank god since the words of the Bible were written by man and are largely fiction.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
    • Intuitive

      Riiiiggghhhttt, and how do you go about exemplifying the greatest commandment of all, loving your neighbor? Let me guess, you ignore them while they stand on the corner begging for food, not because of anything they've done, but simply because of the cards they've been dealt in life? What about the person in Somalia being tormented and persecuted by Muslim extremists when all they want is food? You didn't feed me when I was hungry, visit me while I was in prison, or clothe me when I was naked, yet you believe that conservatism is a better representaiton of the Lord Jesus Christ?

      October 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Fernanda

      Ahh yes, impartial Bill Press. where he amettpted to defend himself I suppose you used the same phrasing for your buddies Bill Clinton, John Edwards, etc.????Bill, give it up. This deep hatred for all that is not your utopia of far left socialism (with you being one of the anointed ones I'm sure) is going to eat you up inside.

      May 20, 2012 at 2:11 am |
    • Lily

      WOW, are my ears hearing sloewr or are they talking faster than my ears can hear?Sheesh. Okay, Sarah Palin misnamed Herman Cain. Maybe someone typed her notes and their fingers moved over two keys, suppose?Now, on Garofalo ..I don't watch television much, but who is she? A commedian? Saying the only reason the Tea Party likes Herman Cain is because he is black and therefore we aren't racist? GIVE ME HER EAR FOR A FEW MINUTES. That is not a fair remark and she should apologize to the Tea Party and the MEMBERS who are the ones that make a lot of CONTRIBUTIONS TOO. Where does she get her speaking material ? Does she scavenge the trash can outside of Jay Leno's studio. Those jokes that he doesn't want to use? Grrrrrrrrr!!!!!

      May 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
  19. Patricia

    Cain i nothing but a pawn. He is saying with those of the other persuasion want to say, but will not.

    The article states, “He knows there’s racism in the tea party, but he’ll never say that because they are his supporters. That bothers a lot of people, but he plays to that base not because he’s a sellout but because he’s a politician,”

    Not a sellout? Please but of course he is. How can you be a part of someithing and believe in something when there is racism? Birds of a feather flock together. That just tells me and confirms that he is an Uncle Tom, he is fake and is not true to self. He is trying to play both side and that is dangerous.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • GauisJulius

      maybe I am missing something here, but how does a racist somehow like Cain because you say he is playing to them? So, do racists like that black guy, but hate all others. Such an unbelievable contradiction! Also, the tea party does have racists within them, duh! Don't you think racists will try to join any group oposed to Obama? But because a few of them are racists, we should label all of them in that way? Or maybe we should get the tea party to have a meeting, and elect a representative to tell America that the racists aren't welcome in the group?

      In that case, I am waiting for the spokesman of the Occupy Wall Street to come out and condemn those in that group who are anti-capitalism and pro-communism, right? There are 2 sides of the coin...the average America doesn't buy into the line that only one exists!

      October 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Intuitive

      Gauis, I'm pretty sure that the slave master was fond of his overseer. There where blacks who helped keep other blacks in slavery.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  20. lolo

    No one is afraid of Herman Cain, but the cult known as the republican/tea party.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
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