The Mandingo Strategy

I returned to Scotland on Wednesday night from a few days of meetings in Norway and had to go directly to meetings with BP all day yesterday, so I have been away from the Internet and TV for a bit. This morning I was watching the rebroadcast of the Hannity show from yesterday showing two things – the audience cheering for Herman Cain at the debate this week and the incredible outpouring of racism against him from the Democrats.

I received a few angry emails for my defense of Herman Cain and my coining of the phrase, the “Mandingo Strategy”. You guessed it, I’m a racist for accusing the institutional “progressives” of doing exactly what they are doing.

On November 8th, in Caught in a Category 5 HermanCain, I wrote:

The vague stench of racism is in the air. Racism has become a charge that has been so misapplied as to have little meaning – but at the same time still carries a negative connotation when used by a conservative – it looks desperate after the Left using it to defame every conservative position from the Tea Party movement to simple opposition to Obama’s policies. I dislike that Cain played the race card but that doesn’t mean that I don’t believe that racism isn’t being deployed as a strategy by the media and the Democrats.

There is an insidious subtext to these “harassment” accusations. Having used faux racism charges as a club for the 2008 elections and the entire term of Obama administration, the Democrats believe that there is still one variant that has currency, even if it exists only in their biased minds. It actually says more about how they see Americans, particularity Americans from the South, than what America is really like.

For lack of a better term, we will call this the “Mandingo” strategy.

More than 40 years on, the Democrats still are hurting from what was called Reagan’s Southern Strategy where he was able to gain support from conservative Democrats to achieve election. The standard “progressive” canard is that Reagan was cloaking racism and bigotry in the mantle of “states’ rights” and federalism to capture the KKK and “cracker” vote.  This opposition to an overweening federal government is that same root theology that the Democrats have used to tar the Tea Party as racist.

The Mandingo strategy is the act of a black candidate being accused of sexual misbehavior by a white woman. Since the Democrats still see the people of the South and the Tea Party as racists, they believe that the image of a black stud having his way with the white plantation owner’s wife is the ultimate fear of a conservative.

There seems to be a taboo that these types of interracial sexual congresses are somehow forbidden, but that taboo seems to be propagated by those on the left of the political scene, even as they ignore the facts about it. Black athletes and rappers delight in their conquest of white women as if it is a badge of success that they have achieved the final victory over slavery – they have conquered the white slave owner’s wife or daughter.

The fact is that conservatives don’t care – there are many black conservatives who are married to white women – Justice Clarence Thomas being one of them – it is instructive how little this factors into the conservative mind as opposed to the “progressive” one.

From Real Clear Politics: Toure: White Men Have “Instinctual Fear” Of Black Men Dominating White Women

MSNBC’s Toure (single word) says white men have an “instinctual fear” of black men who are in a relationship with white women. Toure is surprised that this so-called instinct has yet to make a significant impact on Herman Cain’s campaign or his poll numbers.

According to Toure, this “instinctual fear” white men have “of black men being sexually inappropriate or aggressive or dominating” with white women runs “very, very deep.”

Toure wonders when this emotion, that he defined but has yet to see, will rear its ugly head? “When is this going to start to come out?” Mr. Toure said on MSNBC’s “Last Word” with host Lawrence O’Donnell.

RCP has the video.

Hannity’s site at FOX has video – here’s the relevant transcript:

HANNITY: All right. Niger, I want to play for you — because there is a question, even before these allegations came up, the most vicious, vile, hurtful, hateful things were being said about Herman Cain. Now, I have a theory, I will give it to you when you get back, this is before these allegations, things said in the media about Herman Cain.


CORNEL WEST, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, CNN/OCT. 10: I think he needs to get off the symbolic crack pipe.

HARRY BELAFONTE, SINGER, HLN/OCT. 14: Herman Cain is 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.

MICHAEL ERIC DYSON, TALK SHOW HOST, MSNBC/OCT. 12: He seems willing to say anything in order to curry white favor.

MARTIN BASHIR, NBC NEWS ANCHOR, MSNBC/OCT. 7: The people that he needs to win over in order to win a primary, those people do not want to hear from a black man who’s aggressive, assertive, angry. They want to hear from a man who is assimilated, calm, measured.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, MSNBC/OCT. 28: I think he makes that white Republican base of the party feel OK, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy. I think he is giving that base a free pass. I think they like him because they think he’s a black man who knows his place.


HANNITY: A black man who knows his place, curry white favor, bad apple, symbolic crack pipe, before the allegations came up. Why is Herman Cain such a threat to liberal America?

I think my characterization of this “progressive” strategy is correct. We are told that Democrats are the tolerant people, they of the “big tent”, but the Party of Tolerance is, in fact, the Party of Intolerance and is filled with racists and hatred.

Once again we see proof that a political party and their media enablers who examined the Tea Party for raaaaaaaaacism!tm  with the vigor of a proctologist on crack are blind to the true racism issued from their own mouths and publicly broadcast on their very own programs. They found nothing at the Tea Party to hang them with because the accusers had all the rope all along. The political assassination of Herman Cain disguised as “news” is sickening.

But it is OK because “we all know” that a conservative black man isn’t an “authentic” black man – he doesn’t have the “black experience” of living in poverty, being held down by the Man and lusting for white women.

Tell me again how they explain Obama?

A half Caucasian, Columbia and Harvard Law graduate? That’s the “black experience”?

The long and short of it is that I believe Cain – and I also believe that this is a smear, pure and simple.

It is the Mandingo Strategy in full effect.

Stacy McCain has an interview with Mark Block, Cain’s campaign manager here.

More here and here.

Bill Jacobson has more here and here.

13 thoughts on “The Mandingo Strategy

  1. A few thoughts:
    !)Willie Horton comes to mind, as an example of the Real Southern Strategy, a:inculcate fear of black rapists and b: associate them with democratic candidates. Harold Ford’s opponent in his last victorious race in Tennessee used an ad that suggested he was after our white wimmenfolk. I agree with most of what you say up there, but don’t forget under whose bar the dems had to stoop. Granted, stoop they did.
    2)Spike Lee expressed the following sentiment as well; most white women I’ve seen with black men aren’t Bond girls, to say the least. Sometimes I wonder if just any white girl will do for some guys.
    3) Herman Cain’s accusers do not a trend make, nor does Clarence Thomas’ difficulties with Anita Hill combined with the Cain story. Combined with my examples, they constitute a Tendency to use negrophobia when it might be effective. Personally, I think you just like the term Mandingo Strategy; I don’t blame you a bit; I sure would have used it when the Ford attack ad was on the air, had I thought of it.
    4) Just to be clear, I do see that the dems ought to be ashamed of themselves, and Belafonte should enjoy a quiet retirement, and stop tarnishing his image.
    5) Is ‘tarnish’ a code word?

  2. Except that it was a Democrat – Al Gore – who opened the door to Horton by questioning Dukakis about his “weekend furlough” program for felons. The Boston Globe, that noted KKK paper, ran a series on it before the Democratic debates even started – those racists.

    Nah – no trend. Not even with multiple people at multiple times over several days making the same charges – that wouldn’t be a trend, would it?

    Here’s a little Horton knowledge from Jeff Jacoby in 1999 writing at the Boston Globe.

    The Horton ad in the campaign simply showed a picture of Horton because of the crime he committed while on furlough -the same photo that was shown in the Boston Globe. The “racism” was just as imputed to that ad (just like you did) as it is with the Tea Party opposing Obama’s policies.

    I like you Greg – but you are exactly the kind of person that I wrote about. The racism is right there in front of you on full display and yet you chose to try to excuse it with Willie Horton. You show me where any Republican ever said anything like what is posted above on TV on a “mainstream” political “news” show about Obama during the 2008 campaign and I might consider your complaints as legitimate.

    Harry Reid and Joe Biden don’t count – those were self-inflicted wounds.

    There is no equivocation between these two situations no matter how much you waterboard the logic.

  3. What part of ‘Granted, stoop they did’ wasn’t clear? The dems lowered the bar, Utah, although to be fair, none of your examples are elected officials. To be furtherly fair, the only elected republican official for whom I could find a recent racist statement uttered in public was a Houston city councilman. It was ugly, but he is insignificant.
    Trent Lott praised Strom Thurmond for segregationist activities he was involved in back in the fifties. The Republicans, to their credit, decried the comments, and stripped Lott of something-or-other.
    As far as the challenge goes, does radio count? I could fill the ionosphere with Limbaugh comments such as:

    “Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.”
    “The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”
    They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?”

    He’s called Obama a ‘halfrican American’[on second thought, I like this one, so disregard it :>)], and an ‘affirmative action candidate, and played a song called Barack the Magic Negro several times.

    You don’t listen to Rush? I don’t listen to Cornel West, I don’t know who the heck Martin Bashir is, and if you want to cite ‘Unidentified Woman’, do you mind if I quote racist statements made at Tea Party Rallies?

    Barack’s heritage was news, as he is the first ‘man of color’ to achieve the office. Cain’s is news because it would the first time two such colorful men competed for the title. I long for the day when it doesn’t matter.

    Love U2

  4. I will have a comment or two on this one shortly, guys. I just want to think it over a bit before spouting off at the mouth is all.

    HOWEVER, G, you said:

    “He’s called Obama a ‘halfrican American’[on second thought, I like this one, so disregard it :>)], and an ‘affirmative action candidate, and played a song called Barack the Magic Negro several times.”

    Two things, please:

    1 — Obama IS only 1/2 American, but it has NOTHING to do with his race or place of birth. It has to do with where he was raised and how he was raised to look at America. Read D’Souza’s “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” to better understand this issue.

    2 — Rush is NOT the person who called Obama the “magic negro, I believe it was an LA Times article that was then parroted by Al Sharpton. Rush uses it as a parody to make a point. Those who react without explaining this actually serve to make RUSH’s point – not the one they “think” they are making.

    More later…

  5. What rage are you talking about? The man is the most grown-up President we’ve had since Senior Bush. He is even-tempered and cordial. I doubt that dinesh has any insight on the man, because he is deliberately looking for dirt, like the Obamanation guy.

    I spent at least as many of my formative years in other countries as did the president. I attended a private school in Puerto Rico where the toilets never worked and air conditioning was a rumor. I was taught that we invaded Puerto Rico, that we occupied them then, and we do now. When the news that Kennedy had died came over the radio, all the students but I cheered.his passing. After school, many adults, including our bus driver, expressed joy at his death. I doubt Obama ever experienced an outpouring of anti-americanism such as that at a tender age.
    Obama spent his later youth with his Grandmother, a white woman married to a white guy. Obama says his life story is only possible in America. Do you really think he is unpatriotic?

    Long-distance psychology does not impress me much, I go by actions and words.

    Back to you

    • “What rage are you talking about? The man is the most grown-up President we’ve had since Senior Bush. He is even-tempered and cordial. I doubt that dinesh has any insight on the man, because he is deliberately looking for dirt, like the Obamanation guy.”


      You and I are at a loggerhead here because you are accepting the public image the media has helped to paint of this man. IT IS A FALSE IMAGE!!! READ, for crying out loud, and understand that the Progressive plays in the visual media. Teddy Roosevelt, the first Progressive politician, was also the first to use video in campaigning. This is connected. Obama simply knows how to play to the camera, as did Clinton and many other Progressives — to include Van Jones. In fact, Jones said it clearly, but those who do not understand miss what he is REALLY saying : “We have to give up the radical prose [the language] to achieve the radical ends [revolution].”

      Obama actually told you about his rage in his book, “Dreams FROM My Father” [emphasis added]. His father was an anti-colonialist – as is Obama. Taken in this light, most of Obama’s foreign policy – especially in the middle east – starts to make sense.

      Honestly, you just dissed a well thought out and argued book based on the author. DID YOU EVEN READ IT? I bet not, because, if you have, you couldn’t have made that last comment. I know you, and like it or not, you are honest. Had you read D’Souza’s book, you may still disagree, but you wouldn’t count it “hit piece” because you can’t.

      Shame on you this time.

    • “I doubt Obama ever experienced an outpouring of anti-americanism such as that at a tender age.”

      His father was vehemently anti-American AND more so anti-Britain. His step father and mother were little better. Yea, I doubt he was ever exposed to that.

      His mentor was an anti-American COMMUNIST. Yea, no worries there.

      His grand parents were COMMUNISTS. No worries there, either.

      REALLY, G??? Ok, let’s keep going:

      ” Do you really think he is unpatriotic?”

      Unpatriotic? Not sure. Un-American in thought and nature? YES!

      “Long-distance psychology does not impress me much, I go by actions and words.”

      Really? OK, then explain this away:

      Obama Teaches Alinsky, and Anti-American REVOLUTIONARY:

      And this – Obama opposes Constitution: says it is failed document:

      YOU BEST NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT GOING DOWN THIS RABBIT HOLE WITH ME, BRO! I will not be gentle in bashing this man – and I’ll do it with HIS OWN WORDS!

  6. You may read about the “magic negro” here: 2012: The Hangover – Part II.

    I wrote about it in June:

    Let us also not forget a classic from the Los Angeles Times by David Ehrenstein, “Obama the Magic Negro”:

    But it’s clear that Obama also is running for an equally important unelected office, in the province of the popular imagination — the “Magic Negro.”

    The Magic Negro is a figure of postmodern folk culture, coined by snarky 20th century sociologists, to explain a cultural figure who emerged in the wake of Brown vs. Board of Education. “He has no past, he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist,” reads the description on Wikipedia .

    He’s there to assuage white “guilt” (i.e., the minimal discomfort they feel) over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history, while replacing stereotypes of a dangerous, highly sexualized black man with a benign figure for whom interracial sexual congress holds no interest.

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  8. Unitarianism = communism? Barack’s grandmother attends a Unitarian church for 3-4 years, in the sixties? That makes her a commie? I thought we were having a serious discussion here. Black, apply that impeccable logic to Beck’s claims. I was ready to go at this, but I am outgunned by innuendo and inference, and an amazing looseness of definitions.
    as for studying Alinsky’s being a symptom of communism, , in which the author urges right-wingers to use Alinsky’s methods.

    I am not sure just who you are referring to when you say Obama’s mentor.

    Leahy, you may know his name from somewhere… Newsmax Magazine has said he “is widely recognized as the first activist to call for [and organize] actual tea party protests.”
    that was from his own website. That means he’s a commie, Tea Partiers are Reds and newsmax is a commie rag. Hey, I’m using your logic here.

    Shocking, isn’t it? Not having read a book because of the author. Would you happen to know what Michael Moore thinks about that? No? Al Franken? Haven’t read his books either?
    I therefore issue this challenge: Bring a book to our meet, my friend; 2-300 pages, written in English, that you want me to read, and I will do the same. D’Souza, Coulter, or some seminal work, if you feel you can trust me with it. You can, I love books, and I know they aren’t coasters.

    When the “Magic Negro’ was sent, along with many other songs on a cd, to members of the RNC for Christmas, 2008, Newt Gingrich had this to say — “This is so inappropriate that it should disqualify any Republican National Committee candidate who would use it.” But, since I can’t be seen agreeing with Gingrich, and, having read the lyrics, I concede this point. I could do better, but it is about Ehrenstein’s article, undoubtedly.

    I might have more later, friends, but we are 6 miles offshore, and the connection is spotty, and pages are taking too long to load. Until midnight….

  9. Greg, they went to the “little red church,” and they supported the communist movement. Dude, you have sooo much to catch up on. You came to find that I was telling you the truth about so much you once disbelieved and yet you refuse to trust me on anything else. That’s healthy, but start doing your homework. I know where you’ll end up 😉

    google Obama’s communist mentor:

    EVERYONE is claiming the TEA Party now that they understand how strong and real that movement is. NO ONE on the left and NO Progressive Repub was part of the Tea Party – not even Rush (though he claims them now).

    Already have the book for you. Was bringing it anyway. So, me reading Wilson, Dewey, T Roosevelt and Goodnow, or Dawkins, Harris and Hedges (atheists) count as reading the other side, or do I have to do MORE? You should know me by now: I WANT to read the other side – so I know where to place the sharp point of my rhetorical blade 😉

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