Everyone who pays attention to politics knows that Barack Obama is running for re-election to the Presidency in 2012. What you may not know, however, is that another black man, Herman Cain, is also a declared candidate for the Presidency, but he just happens to be running for the Republican nomination, so the liberal main stream media is prone to ignore him.
As anyone who has paid attention to the way the media reports politics over the past 30 years, if you happen to be a black Republican or conservative, then you are really not black. Clarence Thomas, the conservative black on the Supreme Court is not really black by media standards because he holds very traditional views and was appointed by a Republican president. You may also remember how the media underplayed the race of Condalisa Rice, a brilliant, accomplished black woman who held a few important national security positions during the Bush Administration. Of course, there was Colin Powell, who wasn’t really black until he decided to back Barack Obama for the Presidency in 2008.
Now here comes Herman Cain, a black man with an exceptional background who has declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President. For the most part, the main stream media is ignoring him, or when they do mention his name, it usually is in a derogatory fashion. Roger Simon of Politico was on “Hardball,” the MSNBC show hosted by Chris Matthews, when he sarcastically said that he might go to Cain for advice on whether pizza should be thin or thick crust, but he would seek his advice on economics. For those of you who don’t know Cain was once CEO of Godfather Pizza. What Simon may not know is that Cain served on the board of the directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and actually was the Chairman of the Board for a shot time in the mid-90s.
Cain’s educational and professional background is truly impressive. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Morehouse College and a master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University. He earned his master’s degree while working in ballistics for the U.S. Department of Navy.
After leaving the Navy, he joined Pillsbury where he rose to the position of vice president, leaving his post to work for Burger King, a Pillsbury subsidiary, to manage 400 stores in the Philadelphia area. During his tenure, his region went from the least profitable for Burger King to the most profitable. Pillsbury eventually made Cain CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, and he returned the pizza chain to profitability in a very short time.
In addition to his business achievements, Cain has served as a commentator for Fox Business and has written a syndicated column for several years. He even hosted a talk radio show in Atlanta, GA.
All in all, Cain has very significant business and leadership credentials. In fact, his background as a seasoned chief executive is far more impressive than the current occupant of the White House. No wonder the main stream media is downplaying or, in some cases, ignoring completely this very accomplished black American.