ATLANTA, GA -- The following statement is submitted by Alveda King:
Once again, the American Dream is under attack. Cain naysayers hope to 'slay the dreamer.' The establishment is horrified by Mr. Cain because of what he represents. Mr. Cain is the epitome of the American dream; he grew up poor, worked his way up to success through hard work using a work ethic he inherited from his father and mother. He's a true bootstraps story.
Mr. Cain is the fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream. He lived the Black American experience in the South and, by the content of his character - not the color of his skin, he has studied hard, worked hard, successfully run corporations, had a successful radio show and now aspires to the office of President of the United States. Like Martin Luther King, Mr. Cain graduated from Morehouse College, is a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and is not a politician. Mr. Cain has done all this because he loves this country and not out of some sense of self-importance.
If the general presidential election features two black men of opposing political views and Black America has an honest political debate, the Democrats would lose a portion of their 90% stranglehold on the Black vote.
If we have an honest discussion on whether the war on poverty should be fought with welfare or with economic growth in the private sector, Democrats will lose Black votes. When Mr. Cain says that our welfare system has held blacks back, and that it promotes single parent households, that it kills incentive and breeds a culture of, helplessness; he is correct. As this truth resonates, the establishment knows that we will see more blacks becoming economic conservatives. So their answer? Slay the dreamer.
When Mr. Cain says that abortion is bad business, and is hurting America and denying our youngest the civil right to, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that is a dangerous discussion.
This is all a dangerous discussion for President Obama and the establishment to have. A strong, charismatic Black conservative like Mr. Cain on such a large platform is dangerous; he threatens their voting block. Not only does the Cain policy threaten them, but also the fact that his life story personifies his policy rocks the establishment. What are their options? Mr. Cain's opponents will use the media in their to attempts to assassinate Mr. Cain's character.
Sounds like history in action here; Joseph was accused of sexual harassment by Potipher's wife. Sampson was targeted by Delilah. Am I suggesting that sexual harassment doesn't exist? Of course not: I was a victim of what some consider to be sexual harassment as a young woman.
When I went for a job interview, the male interviewer commented that I had pretty legs, and he looked at my legs. I responded in this manner: "Sir, I am someone's wife, mother and daughter. Would you like the women you care about to have an experience like this?" His eyes immediately turned to my job application and he asked: "when can you report for your competence exam?" I was offered that job. No court, no attempt to destroy his character, just a correction which was received.
These baseless allegations about Mr. Cain remind us of the story of The Crucible, where many people lied and said they "saw Goody dance with the devil," when in fact they were trying to cover up acts which they themselves were involved in, with the hopes that the strength of numbers of the accusers would lead to hysteria and make their allegations more believable. The Crucible teaches us that we must not be swayed by the number of the accusers but the validity of the accusations. These are political ploys by the establishment to attempt a high tech lynching akin to racial profiling in a vicious attempt to eliminate this man who has the courage to present life affirming solutions for America's problems.
Someone please call 9-9-9.