For example, there are folks on the right who are making ridiculous claims yet again about a "high tech lynching." I'm going to let Chauncey DeVega handle that one.
The history of African Americans is a plaything for the Right and black conservatives. They pretend that Dr. King would have supported them, that the Democratic Party is a plantation, and black people are zombies and brainwashed fools--as opposed to a radically democratic and revolutionary people whose struggles have forced American democracy to live up to its potential and creed. Thus, the use of the phrase high tech lynching by conservatives, and their black lapdogs, is in no way a surprise.
A lack of surprise at their abuse of language, and distortion of history, is not a defense; nor is it an excuse. Herman Cain is not being lynched--be it by "high tech" or "low tech" means. Black conservatives are not being lynched--be it by "liberals" or other black folks.
If conservatives are willing to evoke the ancestors, and a very dark, twisted, and troubling history to make a cheap political point, they ought to be willing to look into the face of the very legacy and reality they reference.
Go read the rest of his piece - and check out the visuals that ought to be a reminder to folks about the cheapness of their political pot shots.
But I have to say that I'm also not thrilled with the way the left is handling this one either. We are supposed to be the champions of "innocent until proven guilty." And yet we see headlines like this one from the self-identified champion of women's rights at Daily Kos: Herman Cain re-remembers amount of hush money paid to employees.
I don't know if any of you have ever participated in settlement negotiations, but I have. Because of that, I'm deeply offended by the assumption that a settlement payment is the equivalent of "hush money." Many people who are otherwise innocent participate in plea bargains or settlement negotiations in order to avoid both the risks and costs associated with court trials. Like it or not (and believe me, I HATED doing it) its a fact of life in our current justice system.
So the truth of the matter is, and I know many folks don't want to hear this, but we have NO idea whether Herman Cain is innocent or guilty of sexual harassment. That reality has absolutely no bearing on the fact that he is a joke of a candidate for the presidency. As progressives we don't need to go there to defeat him. Doing so puts us right in the gutter with the kind of politics we hate when it comes from the right. And I'm not interested in going there.