Comment of the day:
Let's see if Clarence Thomas and Cain can get a support group going. - The RNC (Righteous Neanderthal Circus)
Herman Cain, the only African-American running for the GOP presidential nomination said Wednesday the black community is "brainwashed" for traditionally siding with liberal politicians.
"African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view," Herman Cain said on CNN's "The Situation Room.”
But most CNN.com readers who posted comments said Cain was way off base.
Moderate Sean said, “The ‘Black Community’ is not brain-washed into voting for Democrats, they vote in their best interest since the Republicans do absolutely nothing for this community, minorities in general, and the middle-class at large!”
Straight Shooter said, “Yah, brainwashed into thinking for themselves. If they would only just let Republicans make their decisions for them, life would be so much better...”
Rudy NYC said, “So when Mr. Cain finally turns his head around and speaks to the black voters he is less than cordial. He lectures them that they have been misguided and misled. Mr. Cain, I don't think it was hard to tell who was for the King holiday and who was against. It wasn't hard to tell who was for 'separate but equal' and who was against. It wasn't hard to tell who fought for fair housing laws, and who fought against them."
Mr. Cain, it wasn't hard to tell who was for allowing blacks (like yourself) into the military, and who was against it. It wasn't hard to tell who was for Affirmative Action at a time when our nation needed to enforce leveling the playing field, and who was against it. It isn't hard to tell where you stand Mr. Cain, and where you used to."
Russ said, “I give the African-American community credit for being smart enough to not vote for rich white men or rich black men that want to take what little many of them have left. Unlike the poor white people in this country who buy into the Republican brainwashing that they will help them. Yeah, help them make the rich in this country even richer.”
S.positive said, “Though not African-American, please tell me what the Republican Party has offered to AAs for their votes? I am trying to think of one…"
Um said, “Orrrr maybe they realize that the GOP is the party of the Rich, White man? Rich, White men who don't particularly care for them? Brainwashed? No, they just know what's up!”
Lost in Texas FOREVER said, “So I would like to ask Mr. Cain since WHEN have Republicans come to black communities to seek their votes? In the last election I don't recall Sarah Palin having rallies in black areas, although I will give Sen. McCain credit that he DID visit the NAACP. But a lot of black people figure the GOP is not interested in them and look at them as only wanting a handout. The so called brainwashing is because Democrats DO visit minority areas, seeking the vote and talking to the people there. You should try it sometime because despite what a lot of people may think blacks are not going to vote for you just because you're black. You can look at who comes out to see people like Cain and Allen West and it's not a very diverse group.”
Me said, “BRAINWASHED?! No, we are not brainwashed. Republican elected officials consistently legislate against minorities....consistently.
They were against the Civil Rights act
They were against the Dream Act
They were against equal pay for women
They were against the abolition of Don't Ask Don't Tell
We were not and we are not brainwashed. We simply see, hear and feel the effects of Republican legislation. YOU, Herman Cain, have been brainwashed into believing that the GOtP accept you as an equal.You are a token. You are a pawn. You are a tool. You are a cover for the racist agenda for the Republican Party. By the way, How much Tea Party support have you gotten?"
A few readers agreed with Cain.
WDinDallas said, “Uh, oh. It's not politically correct to tell the truth. See what happened to Bill Cosby!”
Tony 140 said, “Way to go Herman. You are right on. It's about time that we had a conversation regarding what political and economic philosophy would most benefit the Blacks in America. Just look at the education, employment, crime, poverty etc statistics and you can only surmise that what we have been doing for the past 50 years hasn't been working. A significant majority have essentially become ‘slaves’ to the government. I also think that Blacks are now ready for different answers to their same old questions. Herman Cain and Congressman West are the only two taking this issue head-on."
Brian said, “Cain is completely right... under every single Republican president since Nixon, black home ownership has gone up. Can't say that about Democrats."
iReporters were asked to share their regional accents as part of CNN iReport’s cultural census which examines characteristics that define the American population. A map highlights recordings of people from around the country reading a passage used by linguists to study speech patterns. The result is a fascinating look at American accents.
CNN.com readers shared their own thoughts about accents:
shmeckell said, “I get a kick out of my boss from road island trying to say ‘squirrel.’ ”
SCBrown said, “I grew up in Philly and live in South Carolina. There are people down here I can't even understand. I just wave and keep on going. “
mcooney said, “What I absolutely hate is when people say a Philly accents sounds like a New York accent. I blame Sly Stallone for that.”
ogive17 said, “I'm from Ohio, our accent is as boring as it comes.”
Guest said, “It’s not the sound so much as the vocabulary. In Indiana everyone is always 'looking' to get involved, while in Tennessee they are 'fixin' to get in. SoCal teens do favor 'like' while folks from Joysie say all kinds of things too numerous to mention. Downeast Maine has a nautical flavor I would expect from Ireland or Scotland, and NOLA natives can keep me laughing hysterically just telling me what's for supper.”
Solat14 said, “When I was just out of college I moved from Chicago to Houston and brought my south side 35th street accent with me. More times than I could count I would be refused service in a bar or gas station because of the accent in my voice. Just as northerners view southern accents as unintelligent, southerners view ours as intrusive and weak. It's amazing how your accent can generate preconceived notions.”
BrightBetty said, “Growing up my family was split between Northern and Southern accents, and being a military brat, my accent developed its own uniqueness. To Northerners, I sound Southern, but to the Southerners here where I live, I sound Northern. To me, I just sound like Betty.”
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