In the past few weeks, presidential candidate Herman Cain has not backed away from talking about his racial identity and how it influences his politics, and today on Meet The Press, Cain explained that he personally would rather be referred to as a “black American” than an “African American.”
David Gregory asked Cain if race had any role to play in the presidential race. Cain explained he did not, highlighting several instances of black voters telling him they would be supporting him in the primary and general elections, but not because of the color of his skin, but because of his ideas. He touted the popularity of his 999 plan, and argued that unlike the other candidates, he has put “specific solutions on the table” to fix the United States’ economic problems.
Cain then explained why he prefers to be called a black American as opposed to an African-American.
My roots go back through slavery in this country. Yes, they came from Africa, but the roots of my heritage are in the United States of America, so I consider myself a black American.
The candidate contrasted his own background with that of President Obama‘s, factoring in his own rough childhood and his eventual rise to small business owner.
Watch the video below, courtesy of NBC News:
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