Juan Williams is one of America’s best journalists. He’s also an accomplished author and historian of the civil rights movement. Among his achievements:
- a biography of Supreme Court Justice (and civil rights litigator) Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary;
So it’s especially telling, I think, to hear what Williams thinks of the smear campaign against Herman Cain. Williams appeared on Fox News’ Hannity Friday night, and his outrage and disappointment was palpable.
Juan Williams: The whole idea is he’s a token; he’s a puppet. He’s being manipulated. He’s someone who is being used by white people.
I mean, it’s unbelievable. They would deny this man his own independent intelligence, his will, his own success. It is an outrage.
And if you think about this, [if] you think about what happened to Clarence Thomas, [if] you think about what they’re doing now to Herman Cain — and the parallels are clear. I don’t know how you could deny it — how you’d have to turn away from it.
Sean Hannity: What is it? There seems to be an acceptance that you can attack black conservatives, African American conservatives. You can attack conservative women.
Lately I’ve noticed they’re going after Marco Rubio, an Hispanic conservative. Why can this happen in this day and age? Why?
Williams: Well, because it’s permitted, and because people who disagree — people who leave the liberal orthodox playing field, people who want to think for themselves — are immediately condemned as traitors.
And if someone’s a traitor, well, then, of course, they’re a target. And I can’t help but think that this week, what we’ve seen with Herman Cain is a man, as he describes it, with a big target on his back, Sean.
Can you imagine that the AP’s running stories, anonymous stories, by people who never filed a complaint, but who, now that Herman Cain is vulnerable, want to jump on the bandwagon and whip him. This is unbelievable.
It sure is. And conservatives who deny the reality of this high-tech lynching are themselves unbelievable. Literally.
Let’s get one thing straight: Calling out the Left and its media lackeys for playing the race card is not the same thing as playing the race card yourself. Herman Cain is the victim of vicious race-baiting. He is not in any way, shape or form a race baiter himself, and neither are his supporters.
In his interview with Hannity (see below), Williams offers up a lot more sharp and incisive analysis of the issue. Indeed, the entire clip is well worth watching.