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MSNBC Guest: If Cain "Could Become The Color Of Water, He Would"

Goldie Taylor, writer for a website called The Grio, said if given the chance, Herman Cain would "shed" his skin color to appease conservative white voters. Taylor and other contributors to TheGrio.com appear frequently on MSNBC to discuss issues dealing with race.

"You know, the way that he raises his candidacy is that he placates a base. And the base that he believes he is after is a right-wing, ultra-conservative base that does not want to either see racism as a dilemma or see it as a way -- or see it as an attack on them," Taylor told MSNBC's Martin Bashir.

Bashir, the host, accused Cain of wanting to be white in order to please the "base" of white voters. "Goldie you're almost saying that he's trying to denude and diminish his own ethnicity in order to win that base," Mr. Bashir said.

"That's exactly what I'm saying," Taylor said in response. "What I'm saying is that if he could 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 happened to be. That just doesn't happen to be the case. And so would he shed it? I think he would."

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