I really don’t need to say anything more than what’s in this summary of a Conservative Political Action Conference panel on race relations held this week:
A panel at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Republican minority outreach exploded into controversy on Friday afternoon, after an audience member defended slavery as good for African-Americans.
The exchange occurred after an audience member from North Carolina, 30-year-old Scott Terry, asked whether Republicans could endorse races remaining separate but equal. After the presenter, K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, the audience member said “For what? For feeding him and housing him?” Several people in the audience cheered and applauded Terry’s outburst.
After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?” noting the Constitution’s protections for freedom of association.
Oh yeah, and the Tea Baggers blamed the whole bad vibe from this panel on a black woman who asked a question.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what Republicans lovingly refer to as outreach.
- CPAC 2013: The racism at CPAC (dailykos.com)
- Gentlemen, I Believe I Have Ascertained The Empirical Flaw In Your Minority Outreach Extravaganza (balloon-juice.com)
- CPAC Participant Defends Slavery At Minority Outreach Panel: It Gave ‘Food And Shelter’ To Blacks (thinkprogress.org)
- Great Moments in Minority Outreach at CPAC (slog.thestranger.com)
- Tea Party blames unruly CPAC racism panel on African-American woman reporter (rawstory.com)
- At ‘Minority Outreach’ Panel, CPAC Participant Defends Slavery (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- CPAC Attendee Supports Slavery (huffingtonpost.com)