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CPAC Participant Defends Slavery at Minority Outreach Panel

7:13 pm - 03/15/2013
CPAC Participant Defends Slavery At Minority Outreach Panel: It Gave ‘Food And Shelter’ To Blacks

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — 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.
Watch it:



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 in controversy, as an African-American audience member repeatedly challenged the racism on display at this event. CPAC is the marquee conservative conference of the year, with speakers ranging from former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney to Senator Marco Rubio.

Source

OP: The details just make it worse, and worse, and worse. (Mods, I added the Oppression tag since this white man is clearly being oppressed)
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spiritoftherain 16th-Mar-2013 06:49 am (UTC)
...Wow.

That level of racism is always breathtaking to observe.

Edited at 2013-03-16 06:50 am (UTC)
maenads_dance 16th-Mar-2013 07:04 am (UTC)
"Republican minority outreach" evidently means insulting the people you're trying to persuade to vote for you by arguing that they're better off under your bootheel than free. Damn.

ETA: I will admit to a certain schadenfreude every time women active in the Republican party face overt sexism. The obvious response to a statement like,

I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”


ought to be, "That is sexist and unacceptable in modern society." But of course the current incarnation of the GOP considers ever accusing anyone of sexism, racism, or any kind of bigotry a cardinal sin, far worse than actually being a sexist, racist, bigoted pos. The Catch-22 is ugly, but also a bit amusing. Yes, women of the GOP, you "chose your choice" when you decided to join the Republican Party - I hope it is serving you well.

IDK, perhaps I ought to be ashamed of this sentiment.

Edited at 2013-03-16 07:07 am (UTC)
tiddlywinks103 16th-Mar-2013 08:28 am (UTC)
Don't be, I ain't. You lie with dogs, you wake up with fleas.
homasse 16th-Mar-2013 07:06 am (UTC)
And scene.

Edited at 2013-03-16 07:07 am (UTC)
tiddlywinks103 16th-Mar-2013 08:30 am (UTC)
...

Done.
zinnia_rose 16th-Mar-2013 07:58 am (UTC)
Minority outreach...you're doing it wrong.

Scratch that, you've gone way beyond "wrong" and into "what the fuck is wrong with you". Next thing we know he'll be telling Jews that the Holocaust was actually awesome for them.

Edited at 2013-03-16 07:59 am (UTC)
intrikate88 16th-Mar-2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
It kept Jewish people and gay people and gypsies busy and gave them something to do with their days! It kept them from putting on so much weight it became unhealthy! The gas chambers kept them from having to live through massive unemployment in post-war Germany!

...That was probably the most colorful sarcasm I will utter all day.
moonshaz 16th-Mar-2013 08:07 am (UTC)
Keep right on imploding, GOP. I can't wait to see what's left of your sorry self finish going down the toilet.

Toasting these sentiments with a tall, cold glass of my favorite beverage: Republican/Conservative tears.
4o5pastmidnight 16th-Mar-2013 08:15 am (UTC)
tiddlywinks103 16th-Mar-2013 08:27 am (UTC)
Omg, Omg, I can't even function right now. My face was that white girl's who turned around after @1:18.

But I am eminently more incensed, because this flippant fucker does not think I am human. Fuck you, man. We had better not ever meet in a dark alley, because I will fuck you UP.

THIS is what is at CPAC. Blatant THIS.
meadowphoenix 16th-Mar-2013 09:03 am (UTC)
OMG, her "Are you serious!" is killing me rn. That poor girl was genuinely shocked.

I wish I could be incensed, but in reality I'm loling, and I'm just going to use this as an example when I have someone tell me that people are too ashamed to be racist, and therefore we're post-racism.
scolaro 16th-Mar-2013 08:28 am (UTC)
“I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”

This made me think it was the Onion. Alas...
anaralia 16th-Mar-2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
I assumed it was the Onion until all of a sudden there was a link to video. Real, actual video! And then I just sort of skimmed the rest in a shock. "Not the Onion? Not the Onion? Not - OH GODDAMMIT!"
lickbrains 16th-Mar-2013 09:24 am (UTC)
And this is why I believe some people are better than others. Not everyone is special and some people simply do not deserve to walk on this planet so I sincerely hope someone breaks his legs.
shorofsky 16th-Mar-2013 09:27 am (UTC)
Comments like this is why we need an LJ Like button.
shorofsky 16th-Mar-2013 09:27 am (UTC)
I think he needs to be smacked upside of his smug little head. What a worthless little man.
paksenarrion2 16th-Mar-2013 09:48 am (UTC)
I thinkknow he needs to be smacked upside of his smug little head. What a worthless little man.

Fixed that for ya.
lamardeuse 16th-Mar-2013 11:50 am (UTC)
Yep, looks like the Republican version of minority outreach to me.
tabaqui 16th-Mar-2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
WOW, what a miserable bit of pathetic idiocy this person is. Fucking hell.
underlankers 16th-Mar-2013 12:36 pm (UTC)
Holy fucking shit. O.o

Just.....holy fucking Jesus Christ on a pogo stick. O.o
hey_mayonegg 16th-Mar-2013 12:41 pm (UTC)
For what? For feeding him and housing him?
why can’t we just have segregation?
I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.


aviv_b 16th-Mar-2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
OMG! I kept looking for the Onion tag. Unbelievably offensive shit.
grey853 16th-Mar-2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
And we're shocked by this attitude why? This is typical republican bullshit, just out in the open. These people don't really think they're racist and sexist, they really don't. They have this disconnect that makes it okay for them to believe that shit.

Honestly, the more they fuck up with the cameras going, the better for the rest of us. I want them all to jump off a cliff somewhere.

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lovedforaday 16th-Mar-2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
even if this guy is an irl troll or a ~plant~ like some right-wingers are saying, this guy didn't say anything that's commonly said in places like Free Republic, World Net Daily or therightfangirl.

The Republican party could do a little something for "minority outreach" by saying that racists are not welcome in their party and quit the race baiting. But they would lose a majority of their voters if they did that.
silver_apples 16th-Mar-2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Mr. Terry, for saying this clearly, openly, on camera and to the press. I'm only sorry that this will not become a major story and that there are enough people that agree with you that the backlash won't completely destroy the Republicans.

I know there are Republicans who aren't this bad. I hope they finally figure out that the moderates and financial conservatives need to break away from the fanatically extreme far right. I still won't vote for them, but at least I can listen to them with less rage.
redstar826 16th-Mar-2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
Conservative Spring Break is always such a train wreck.
sunhawk 16th-Mar-2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
Jesus Christ, cognitive dissonance and racism, what a hot mess @_@
Also nice to see some bonus misogyny from both the racist audience member AND the panel guy, from the source's update:

"In the middle of my delivery, while discussing the 1848 “Women’s Rights Convention,” I was rudely interrupted by a woman working for the Voice of Russia. She abruptly asked me: “How many black women were there?” This question was intentionally disruptive and coercive with no way of creating a positive dialogue."

.... While discussing Women's Rights Convention.... asking how many women were there... was "intentionally disruptive and coercive"???
lovedforaday 16th-Mar-2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
I think it may be a roundabout way of blaming liberals or something. The Party of Personal Responsibility refusing to take responsibility for their and their guests actions as usual.
ragnor144 16th-Mar-2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
Oh CPAC. Always bringing the horrific, mindblowing statements. Thank for saying out loud what we all know you are really thinking.

This also needs my personal favorite tag: honkeyshines.
lovedforaday update from Think Progress16th-Mar-2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
K. Carl Smith, the panelist from Fredrick Douglass Republicans, released a statement following the media storm related to the racist outburst in his panel. Astonishingly, he reserves the brunt of his criticism for the female reporter who raised objections to the comments being made in the room:

I was invited by the Tea Party Patriots to conduct a breakout session entitled: “Trump The Race Card” and share the Frederick Douglass Republican Message. In the middle of my delivery, while discussing the 1848 “Women’s Rights Convention,” I was rudely interrupted by a woman working for the Voice of Russia. She abruptly asked me: “How many black women were there?” This question was intentionally disruptive and coercive with no way of creating a positive dialogue.

In addition, a young man who wasn’t a Tea Party Patriot, made some racially insensitive comments, he said: “Blacks should be happy that the slave master gave them shelter, clothing, and food.” At the conclusion of the breakout session, I further explained to him the Frederick Douglass Republican Message which he embraced, bought a book, and we left as friends.


http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/03/15/1729331/cpac-slavery-minority-outreach/
ladypolitik Re: update from Think Progress16th-Mar-2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
At the conclusion of the breakout session, I further explained to him the Frederick Douglass Republican Message which he embraced, bought a book, and we left as friends.

.....Aaaaaaand nothing of value was gained.

Even before you posted this update, I figured K. Carl Smith would be an unironic apologist all over this hot mess of a story.

Well, Republican Party, you keep fucking that chicken, then.
bnmc2005 16th-Mar-2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
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.”

Is it wrong that I'm absolutely cackling at this importent, ignorant fool. He's a real gem, ain't he? And the GOP wonders why they can't win.



Edited at 2013-03-16 03:36 pm (UTC)
keestone 16th-Mar-2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
They're doing a bang up job of re-branding the Republican Party to make it look more appealing to people who aren't rich white men, aren't they?
kittenmommy 18th-Mar-2013 04:14 am (UTC)

I really hope they continue with this new strategy. Even people who are complete idiots will eventually figure them out!
nesmith 16th-Mar-2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
to which Terry responded, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”

Oh, this fucker needs a beatdown. Seriously, right now, kick the SHIT out of him. Maybe some of the stupid will go along with it.
sihaya09 16th-Mar-2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
Fuck that guy.
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