A change in the rhetoric and public condemnation are par for the course for media scrutiny of insensitivity, but this video is just funny after that slip up he had. As much as politics is a media centered endeavor I don’t think that Herman Cain speaking out against a rock at a farm leased by Perry is going to endear him to black voters.
President Obama’s current rhetoric towards black voters may not either. But this conversation on the polarized racial dialectic and it’s impact on the next big election coming turns into a bad white vs. black joke way too fast (white folks do this-womp … womp and black folks, oh they do this-WOMP! WOMP! WOMP!)
I can’t remember if Chris Rock or Dave Chapelle (no, he didn’t actually fly to Mars with Bibble-this happened to Kat Williams too. he didn’t fly to mars either.) expounded on the joke (black people vs. n-words-Chris Rock just remembered). I think this explains how hard it is to talk to “black people,” when it comes to going directly after votes or even support for legislation. We are not all n-words and we all didn’t get scholarships to Harvard but we do all have something to say. You can’t lump us all in together without missing someone.
The President enacting legislation that can be seen as giving more power to the people seems to be his way of reaching out to his base and seperating his agenda from “Corporate America,” the faceless villain that got us into this mess. To get out of it and so it doesn’t happen again people have to be informed and ready to make decisions or at least able to articulate what they want beyond “greedy people paying for their mistakes.”
Cornell West is a whole different breed altogether. That man makes me want to get 2 Ph.D’s just to catch up to however many he has. Him taking the time to go down to the #occupywallstreet movement just gives it more credence. A movement that started with middle class suburban kids sleeping in Zuccotti Park just proves that even if we’re all aiming to be Kanye at least we’ll have a chance at being a working Joe Schmoe with kids that will stir the pot after we couldn’t care less. I don’t think that they are going anywhere. Where do they have to go anyways? I think sleeping on a park bench until everything resets is a better story to tell than couch surfing until it fixes itself.