[Guest post by Aaron Worthing. Follow me on Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
That is pretty much what Karen Finney and Touré are claiming now. On one hand, we have Finney who was last seen claiming that conservatives like Cain because he is a black man who knows his place, apparently being completely unaware of what racists have traditionally considered to be the proper station of black people (hint: it’s not as head of a major restaurant chain or the United States of America). Meanwhile we last saw Touré comparing Cain to a minstrel (yike!). And when you bring two minds of that caliber together, this is the brilliance that results:
“It’s going to be fascinating to see how this story unfolds over the next several days and particularly interesting to see how our friends on the right handle the accusations from these women in conjunction with how they handled Anita Hill.” “What do you mean, Karen?” Bashir pressed. “Look, I think it will be interesting to see if these guys rally around Herman Cain with as much voracity as they have these last couple of weeks now that it’s clear that a whole other layer of black sexuality has been infused into this,” Finney explained. “Also remember these women were ten years younger than we’re seeing them now. So that whole power dynamic. This is an older man, this younger women. White women, Black man.”
“It’s very jarring for the GOP, for anybody, I think, to see a black man be sexually aggressive in an unwanted way toward a blonde, white — especially a blonde, white woman,” added Touré. “One thing you have to keep in mind here is that this is not a real campaign. He is not really competing for the presidency! He’s competing for branding, television jobs, speaking jobs, book jobs. Just stay on the stage as long as possible, doesn’t matter how many arrows are in you, just stay on the stage, that’s all that matters for him.”
“We need to deal with these issues about sexual harassment and how women are treated in the workplace, it is still a problem. I hope we use this as a teachable moment,” Finney opined. “There are racial issues. Not everybody is going to have the same reaction to this. I hope we will have the same reaction no matter what the race is because it’s horrible when it happens no matteer what, but it will change the dynamic we are seeing now.”
I think that comment about it being “jarring” to “anyone,” meanwhile, is more revealing than Mr. Touré meant it to be. That is what this is: projection. He has hang ups about race and is presuming that the republicans are much, much worse.