A man at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) defended slavery as being good for black people because slaves got food and shelter. He then praised segregation. 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.
Then to top it all off, a woman challenged the racist if he knew the history of the GOP. The man responded by telling the woman that he didn't think the history of the party included women correcting men in public. Wait. It gets worse: 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. So you know, the article points out that "CPAC is the marquee conservative conference of the year..." Can you believe this? Can you believe these people? In 2013? After just getting their electoral hats handed to them in the last election, too? Those are statements and beliefs you would think there is no way anyone would say in public. These people just don't give up. What's amazing, however, is that they don't give up on racism and misogyny and ugliness and just hate and, ultimately, because they are in one of the only two significant political parties, irresponsible stupidity. Not enough people know their entire nation's history, clearly. That political party will never come back if they can't shake this kind of thinking.