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    Lawrence O’Donnell lectures Herman Cain on how to be black in the segregated South

    Lawrence O’Donnell lectures Herman Cain on how to be black in the segregated South

    This is possibly the most offensive interview sequence I’ve ever seen.

    Lawrence O’Donnell lectures and snidely criticized Herman Cain, who was a minor when Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus in 1955 and in high school for the desegregation fights in the late 1950s and early 1960s, for not participating in civil rights demonstrations later in the 1960s.  The Freedom Rides referenced in the interview and as to which O’Donnell lambasted Cain for not participating, were in 1961, when Cain was in high school.

    Here are some memorable O’Donnell questions:

    Where do you think black people would be sitting on the bus today if Rosa Parks had followed your father’s advice [for Herman not to make trouble if told to sit in the back of the bus; my note, Cain was 9 years old at the time of Parks’ act of defiance.]

    You watched black college students from around the country and white college students from around the country come to the south and be murdered, fighting for the rights of African-Americans; do you regret sitting on the sidelines at that time?

    How easy it is for a liberal like O’Donnell to lecture someone who lived through it.  If this had been a Fox News interview of a black liberal candidate, there would be an uproar and demands for a firing.

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    I didn’t see any evidence of Lawrence lecturing Herman Cain. The man was doing an interview, while selling his book, and was asked some questions based on his own writings in his book.

    And then, he got caught in his own lies. I’m disappointed with Herman Cain because he doesn’t understand the importance of the Civil Rights movement, and what it did for him.

    The Civil Rights Movement allowed Herman Cain to be a coward, and sit on the sidelines, when he, by his education level, was in a huge position to make a huge difference. With that track record, you cannot surmise his leadership translates to effective leadership of a nation.

    America is not a pizza joint.

    FrankNitti | October 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    “I am offended by all the men who joined ,like john kerry”…..that part really p1ssed me off…i mean he just told him that they thought he could better serve his country working where he was…..

    so how did the draft dodger barry obomo miss out on serving the military and what about the real draft dodger slick willy….now there’s a patriot.

    Maybe Cain’s father believe his son could better contribute by getting a college education. Just because someone isn’t out marching or on the front line doesn’t mean that person isn’t contributing. Martin Luther King Jr. felt actress Michelle Nichols’ greatest contribution to the movement was playing “Lt. Uhura” on “Star Trek.”

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