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?”
After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?” noting the Constitution’s protections for freedom of association.
ThinkProgress spoke with Terry, who sported a Rick Santorum sticker and attended CPAC with a friend who wore a Confederate Flag-emblazoned t-shirt, about his views after the panel. Terry maintained that white people have been “systematically disenfranchised” by federal legislation.
When asked by ThinkProgress if he’d accept a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites, he said “I’d be fine with that.” He also claimed that African-Americans “should be allowed to vote in Africa,” and that “all the Tea Parties” were concerned with the same racial problems that he was.
At one point, a woman challenged him on the Republican Party’s roots, to which Terry responded, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”
He claimed to be a direct descendent of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
The panel continued to be racked controversy, as an African-American audience member repeatedly challenged the racism on display at this event. CPAC is the marquee conservative conference of year, with speakers ranging from former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney to Senator Marco Rubio.
ThinkProgress will post video of the exchange shortly.
So, this happened yesterday. It’s possible you’ve heard about it, or seen it already. To be clear, we are absolutely not painting CPAC as wholly racist, or even the people in this room – that conclusion would be equal parts reductive and unfair. However, the nature of the event this occurred at (seeking to teach conservatives how to avoid accusations of racism), and the shocking callousness of the questioner (he balks at the idea that Booker T. Washington would have anything to forigve his former slave master for, scoffing “for giving him shelter and food?”) deserve the scrutiny, and mustn’t be overlooked. We’d hope CPAC will try to screen out the white supremacists next time. source
When other white people, white people who are also presumably republican and staunchly conservative, are looking at you like you done lost your damn mind it’s probably time for you to sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.
We may never be able to trust the integrity of the annual CPAC straw poll again now that we know that rampant voter fraud is actively promoted by organizers, as this morning’s emcee openly encouraged attendees to just make up user IDs in order to cast as many votes as possible in the poll because the results often make national news and “we need to make sure that people understand the conservative message and where we want to take this movement in the future.”
“Make sure that your voice is heard," the emcee said … by voting dozens and dozens of times in the CPAC straw poll.
Venom 2.0 at Castle Point yesterday. I love this con not only for the people but the area is so darn beautiful. I’m from New York so it was a change from the city which was kinda relaxing. Oh, when we (I was with Spidey and my dear) were walking to lunch, a couple asked us what event was going on and asked for a picture. They were super nice. We took a good amount of pictures so I’ll post them from our page, Tangled Web Cosplay, soon. Until next time, CPAC~
I highly suggest you do. The young adult pass is 40 dollars. And it’s basically just a bunch of conservatives hanging out in a hotel like this:
Also, last year I: successfully chased Sarah Palin down a hallway, ran into Herman Cain on the lunch line, hugged Newt Gingrich, hung out with Rick Santorum’s children (just saying they were all wearing sweater vests), had a beer with Sarah Palin's photographer and got a bunch of free stuff.
Plus, if you guys go we can finally have a post-election group hug!