A panel at CPAC on Republican minority outreach exploded into controversy, after an audience member defended slavery as good for African-Americans.
CPAC Participant Defends Slavery At Minority Outreach Panel: It Gave âFood And Shelterâ To Blacks
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland â 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 âFor what? For feeding him and housing him?â Several people in the audience cheered and applauded Terryâs outburst.
After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, âwhy canât we
just have segregation?â noting the Constitutionâs 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 âsystematically disenfranchisedâ by federal legislation.
When asked by ThinkProgress if heâd accept a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites, he said âIâd be fine with that.â He also claimed that African-Americans âshould be allowed to vote in Africa,â and that âall the Tea Partiesâ were concerned with the same racial problems that he was.
At one point, a woman challenged him on the Republican Partyâs roots, to which Terry responded, âI didnât know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.â
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.
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