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Paper ‘Troubled’ By Cain’s Use of Cornbread

A guest columnist for the New York Daily News has declared that Herman Cain’s use of the word “cornbread” is “troubling” — accusing the Republican presidential candidate of race-baiting and calling his speeches a “form of minstrelsy.”


Ulli Ryder, a faculty member at Simmons College, wrote a lengthy tirade on Cain accusing him of using racist language in his speeches.

Ryder was especially offended by his use of the phrase “shucky-ducky” and Cain’s announcement that his Secret Service codename should be “Cornbread.”

“For some people, these are nothing more than charming phrases; but for others, they raise the specter of race in ways that are unsettling,” the professor wrote. “For example,  “shucky-ducky” is a nonsensical phrase often associated with uneducated Southern blacks. Cain’s wish to be called “cornbread” is also troubling, since it can be viewed, like watermelon and fried chicken, as a stereotype applied to blacks.”

I’m assuming Simmons College is an accredited institution.

The professor with a distaste for cornbread accused Cain of using self-deprecating humor to put white audiences at ease.

“But I see the very real and troubling possibility that Cain’s use of vernacular, and his casual assertion of a desire to be called “Cornbread,” may be ploys to put potential donors — many of them wealthy conservative whites with few, if any, ties to any black community — at ease,” she wrote. “Cain’s use of black vernacular speech seems to be a way of telling right-wing audiences that he is a real black man, a real American and not a threat to the racial status quo of the nation.”

Did it ever occur to the professor that Mr. Cain simply enjoys eating cornbread?

Read the entire story at The New York Daily News.