Recently, an article in Ben Carson‘s hometown accused the Housing and Urban Development secretary of being a “house Negro.”
While Carson has not responded, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain wrote his an essay in response called “House Negros Stand Up!”
Cain said that Carson was “too nice” to respond, but he was not.
“If being called a ‘house Negro’ is what some of us must endure for succeeding in this nation and thinking for ourselves, then let all of the ‘house Negroes’ stand up and be counted,” Cain wrote on his website.
He said that the name was “one of the names you get called by other black people when you are a success at something, and you do not buy into ‘black group think,’ or act and say what they want you to say.”
The original article, which was published in the Michigan Chronicle by senior editor Keith A. Owens, took aim at Carson for his support of Donald Trump, particularly after the Charlottesville violence broke out earlier this month.
Owens lambasted Carson for saying the violence in Virginia was “blown out of proportion.”
“Carson’s response to Trump is all the validation any Carson critic will ever need,” the editor wrote. “Because if this doesn’t show you who he is, then you may as well step on your glasses and grind them into the ground because you’re blind as a bat.”
But in response, Cain blasted those that only turned against Carson for his support of Trump and defended his record, saying that he and Carson “do not subscribe to the black liberal backward-looking narrative of black identity politics.”