It would have been nice if Mr. O’Donnell had spent more time with Herman Cain discussing America’s political economy, here, today in 2011. Instead, Mr. O’Donnell wasted time grilling Mr. Cain about why he didn’t show up to any civil rights marches during his high school or college years.
As David Swerdlick pointed out in his piece for The Root, the majority of black Americans did not participate in marches and sit-ins. The fact that most black Americans exercised a free choice did not appear to phase Mr. O’Donnell, however. He had Reverend Al Sharpton to back up his version of a high-tech lynching of Mr. Cain.
It’s interesting that Mr. O’Donnell conveniently overlooked Dr. King’s move toward the issue that is truly relevant today among black Americans: the economy.
By the time of his death, Dr. King had redirected his focus to economic equality. He knew there could be no sustained political or societal equity without resolving the issue of jobs in America.
Yet, on the eve of the Department of Labor’s jobs report, with August unemployment for black Americans at 16.7%, Mr. O’Donnell chooses to focus on whether Mr. Cain did a sit-in while attending college in Atlanta. If someone can tell me how Mr. Cain’s decision to not participate in civil rights marches will impact his ability to draft and implement economic policy, I’m all ears.
In addition, for Reverend Sharpton to participate in Mr. O’Donnell’s distraction only makes Mr. Cain’s assertion, that black people have been brainwashed by the Democratic Party, seem more like the reality that it probably is not.