Cain to Belafonte: 'I'm Off the Democrat Plantation'

Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 12:32 PM

By Ted Goldenberg

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Controversial singer and activist Harry Belafonte slammed businessman Herman Cain over his comments that race no longer should be blamed for holding back black people, saying the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO is a “bad apple.”

“It’s very hard to comment on someone who is so denied intelligence,” Belafonte said during an appearance on “The Joy Behar Show,” adding, “because he happened to have good fortune hit him, he had a moment where he broke through … does not make him the authority of the plight of people with color.”

Belafonte, who was an outspoken critic of President George W. Bush's policies, went on to say, “I think he’s a bad apple and people should look at his whole card, he’s not what he says he is.”

The “Jump in the Line” singer’s comments did not fall on deaf ears. Cain later told Fox News host Sean Hannity, “Look, I left the Democrat plantation a long time ago.”

Cain concluded that people like Belafonte have their opinions but Cain says he is not alone in his views.

“I'm not the only black person out there that shares these conservative views -- the only tactic that they have to try and intimidate me and shut me up is to call me names, and this sort of thing. It just simply won't work,” Cain said.

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