The National Review, a conservative magazine founded by GOP strategist William Buckley has an article claiming that liberals don’t like Herman Cain because he is “authentically Black,” unlike President Barack Obama who is phony.
The article was written by Victor Davis Hanson, a regular political contributor to the magazine.
Cain also wins greater scrutiny, not exemption, because he is black—or at least a certain sort of black. [H]is voice, bearing, grammar, and diction, even his showy black cowboy hat, bother liberals in much the same way that Joe Frazier was not Muhammad Ali and Clarence Thomas was not Anita Hill. Black authenticity, as defined by Southern mannerisms and darker complexion, amplified by conservatism or traditionalism, earns liberal unease….
His speech and manner are as genuine as Obama’s are forced and often phony…. Cain is authentically African-American and of an age to remember the Jim Crow South; Obama, the son of an elite Kenyan and a white graduate student, came of age as a Hawaiian prep-schooler, whose civil-rights credentials are academic.