I should add here that I think Herman Cain is wrong about a lot of things. It has never really occurred to me that he’s wrong about them because he’s black. He’s wrong about them because, well, because he’s wrong about them.
Had one of its writers used similar slurs against a black personality who wasn’t an outspoken conservative, I’m fairly certain Atlernet would have wasted no time in severing the relationship. Which means that Alternet editors aren’t really opposed to racism. They’re fairly tolerant of racist slurs when they’re directed at black people who don’t think the way Alternet editors believe black people are supposed to think. And when it comes right down to it, harboring notions about what opinions black people should and shouldn’t be permitted to have is, in itself, pretty darned racist, isn’t it?
De Vega anticipates and meekly attempts to deflect this point by noting how important it is for there to be a diversity of political opinion in the black community . . . just before lambasting Cain for having opinions black people should never have.
Note also that among the race-traitor transgressions de Vega lists as justification for calling Cain racist names is the fact that Cain has spoken in front of groups funded by the Koch brothers. If that makes Cain a self-hating black man, I suppose, then, that the rest of us who work for or have spoken to Koch-funded organizations also hate black people.
Which means I learned something new about myself today. I guess I can take comfort in the fact that as a newly-minted racist, I’m at least in company with the good folks at Alternet.