In this instance, MSNBC host Martin Bashir brought TheGrio.com columnist Goldie Taylor on his Friday program to again criticize Cain for suggesting racism is no longer a factor holding African Americans back from attaining success in America. Taylor asserted that “If he [Cain] could become what I would call the color of water, he would do it.”
“You’ve got to wonder which country Herman Cain is living in or which planet, for that matter,” Taylor said.
“Planet Cain!” Bashir exclaimed.
Taylor, who believes Cain is trying to “placate the base,” said, “he’s after is a right-wing ultra-conservative base that does not want to either see racism as a dilemma or see it as an attack on them.”
To which Bashir replied, “Goldie, you’re almost saying that he’s trying to denude and diminish his own ethnicity in order to win that base, is that what you’re saying?”
“That’s exactly what I’m saying,” Taylor stated.
“What I’m saying is that if he can shed his ethnicity today, if he could become what I would call the color of water, he would do it. He would do it in an effort to prove that he and people just like him could fit in anywhere and have the same level of success no matter what their race, ethnicity or gender happen to be. That just doesn’t happen to be the case. And so, would he shed it? I think he would.”
Watch the clip below, courtesy of Mediaite: