Harry Belafonte's Harsh Words For The GOP

Harry Belafonte isn't singing the praises of Herman Cain. In fact, he has some serious problems with the presidential candidate.

Iconic singer Harry Belafonte has some harsh words for GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Belafonte was on Joy Behar's CNN Headline News show when she asked for his thoughts on Cain's recent comments on racism in the United States.

Harry Belafonte criticizes Herman Cain

"I don't believe racism in this country today holds anybody back in a big way," Cain, the former Godfather's CEO, told CNN in a recent interview. "Are there some elements of racism? Yes, it gets back to if we don't grow this economy, that is a ripple effect for every economic level, and because blacks are more disproportionately unemployed, they get hit the worst when economic policies don't work. That's where it starts."

Belafonte thought Cain's comments were foolish -- and he wasn't afraid to say it.

"It's very hard to comment on somebody who is so denied intelligence, and certainly someone who is as denied a view of history," Belafonte said. "Because he happened to have had good fortune hit him, because he happened to have had a moment, when he broke through the moment someone blinked, does not make him the authority on the plight of people of color."

Belafonte wasn't done on his criticisms about the candidate and the Republican party in general.

"The Republican party, the Tea Party, all of those forces to the extreme right have consistently tried to come up with representation for what they call black, what they call the real Negroes and try to push these images as the kinds of voices that America should be [looking] to," Belafonte said.

"So we've got Condoleezza Rice, we've got Colin Powell, they are heroes for some people but for a lot of us they are not. And Herman Cain is just the latest incarnation of what is totally false to the needs of our community and the needs of our nation. I think he's a bad apple and people should look at his whole card, he's not what he says he is."

As for Cain? He's not afraid to call it like he sees it -- he recently criticized President Obama for his "blackness."

"[Obama's] never been a part of the black experience in America," Cain said.

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Comments on "Harry Belafonte calls Herman Cain "a bad apple""

Elrancho November 02, 2011 | 12:26 PM

I have enormous respect for Harry Belafonte and totally agree with his assessment of Cain and Condi Rice. In contrast to the rather vile comment by "2WD" I wish him a long and healthy life because he is a great intellect and humanitarian. There are far too few of them in America, these days.

2WD October 16, 2011 | 9:38 PM

Belafonte is a longtime critic of just about everything. He is an equal opportunity offender most of the time. But it seems to be most critical of successful black men and women. He has even referred to them as house servants doing the masters bidding. Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice were labelled in such a fashion by Belafonte. He had this thing for successful blacks even though he is a successful black himself. You would think he would be more sympathetic. So it appears Herman Cain has joined his black hit list. So Belafonte despises successful American blacks but counts the following folks as his personal heros: ? He has honored the treasonous communists Ethel and Julius Rosenberg of WWII infamy. ? He consorts with and praises Fidel Castro. ? He supports Hugo Chavez, the self-professed anti-capitalist who aligns himself strongly with the Cuba's socialist government. Belafonte actually told Chávez that our US President was the greatest tyrant and terrorist in the world." Sounds like Belafonte is on the wrong team. He sounds like he ought to be Cuba's chief propagandist. The good thing is we won't have Belafonte to kick us around much longer.

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