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OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham SPECIAL l In Conversation with Ginger White l December 16, 2011 ET

A few hours after Herman Cain announced the end of his presidential campaign, Ginger White drove to her lawyer's office in downtown Atlanta to discuss her role in the debacle.

“I've never been more exhausted,” said White, who seemed drained and on the edge of tears despite her artful makeup and snappy outfit. “It's been an emotional rollercoaster; it's been embarrassing, humiliating, humbling.”

White can't be said to have cost Cain his shot at the presidency; his unexpected ascent in the polls was reversed by his own political gaffes and allegations of sexual harassment by several other women. But when White went public with her story of a 13-year affair with Cain, many analysts credited her with delivering the death blow to his political prospects.

When White went public with her account of her relationship with Cain, her lawyer released her phone records, which documented dozens of communications between her and Cain, including pre-dawn text messages. Nonetheless, said Wood, “There's a lack of any factual evidence to support her account. She has no photographs, receipts, gifts or documentary evidence.”

For White, an Atlanta single mother of two, the cost of telling her story has been devastating; so far, she said it has included her job, her privacy, and the financial support that Cain acknowledged having given her. “My coming out has caused me to have no more money from Herman Cain and no offers of help from anyone,” she said.

Most of us agree that Herman Cain has little respect for his Black history, his family relationships or the women that he came across in his life.  He chose to be a political hack and puppet and to be a philanderer. His ego and narcissistic behavior has rendered him to be foolish and a buffoon on the national stage. The likely accusations about his brutish behavior and his pretense of white privilege exposed more than his reckless and incorrigible behavior.  It exposed the lives of women trashed publicly while his life goes unscathed. He walks away, l eaving a few good women in its wake. Leaving a nation, for the most part, to place the blame for his dastardly deeds at the feet of the women.

  The American media has now moved on. Ginger White appeared in full support of the other women whose lives had been so mutated by Cain’s desperation.  It is said that she was identified by a friend who knew of the affair. Was this friend also a friend of the Koch Brothers, Carl Rove and other GOP operatives ? So what really is the story behind Ginger White’s truth ? How does it inform our understanding about allegiances? When do we and will we have a Sister’s back?

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It seems like yesterday that I stood with my Grandmother, my daughter, my 5 year old grandPrincess and so many of my Sisters at the Million Woman’s March in Philadelphia, PA. During those hours, I witnes...sed the great power of healing and nurturing when we purposely connect and embrace each other. Standing there, I thought about all the women who crossed the Ohio River under the leadership of Harriet Tubman, bringing their babies, their men and their hope. I wept for not what had assaulted us, but the glorious way in which we have fought back. Sisterhood is a verb. I learned this in watching my Mother and her many sisters in the close bond they fiercely defended. I learned it through the many grade school friends who still remind me that time often has no meaning.

I carry the marks of many times facing racial terrorism, all alone, shamed but undefeated by it. It didn’t kill me, but moved me to understand it better and make me strong. But doing those times, I dwelt inside a sisterhood, a place where I could be strong in the broken places. The infrastructure of our sisterhood is a complex one, sometime, elusive to many of our sisters who need it most. The first tme that I heard Ginger White talk to America about her 13 year relationship with Herman Cain, the GOP nomination candidate, I recognized she was alone, broken and would experience more of what got her to that place. I witnessed her pain and anguish. Not about Cain, he was a ‘sugar Daddy’ and an inadequate one at that. Her pain, painted so clearly onto her face, came from the depth a life of struggling against the machine. She told it, owned it without shame, but without insight. That she had a sexual relationship with a man who was married and took his money is not most important in this story. Most of us do know some person who do this everyday. When you think about it, even married couples exchange financial and emotional “pay to play” everyday for many years.

We all know of or some Sister who suffers because despite trying, it just doesn’t work. Many of them will hide from it, cover it up. Ginger White did not have the option. Her life of struggle and bad fixes was laid open to the whole world. She has been labeled in some vicious ways. The bottom line is that with all her human frailties, misguided decisions, bad fixes, and all the Ginger White’s in our communities across the nation. We all do what we think we must do, despite our conscious reservations. Rather than judge, ostracize or dismiss, these are the sisters for which we proclaimed our love so many years in the City of Brotherly Love. I don’t know them all. But I have seen and heard Ginger White and I will not allow her to be alone. She is not a victim; she is not the piranha here. The media and a man named Herman Cain are, and she was simply caught in the cross-fire.

We have a tradition in our survival. One for which we should never abandon. It is the tradition of believing in human equal and human equity. A belief that we are a people of shared victory and struggle and all of us are the same at the end of the day. It has worked for us. That is what sets us aside. We are a people whose very survival is rooted in NOT who we are and what we have achieved, but who we are to each other.

The American media has now moved on. Ginger White appeared in full support of the other women whose lives had been so mutated by Cain’s desperation. It is said that she was identified by a friend who knew of the affair. Was this friend also a friend of the Koch Brothers, Carl Rove and other GOP operatives ? So what really is the story behind Ginger White’s truth ? How does it inform our understanding about allegiances? When do we and will we have a Sister’s back?

We hope that you will join us in talking with Ginger White about her journey and making a place in the circle of our sisterhood and family. Insight and Knowledge about who we are to each other must be part of our blueprint for Black power.

IF NOTHING MORE, COME LISTEN TO HOW SISTERHOOD WORKS.

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