Warning: This will likely give you a headache. While Republicans joined forces at the Conservative Political Action Conference in an attempt to figure out how to reach out to minorities (for two days now!), a panel at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Republican minority outreach had a difference of opinion. However, the uneasiness was covered up with nervous laughter.
Ha ha. It’s just not funny though.
Think Progress reports:
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, KCarl 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.”
After a woman challenged him on the Republican Party’s roots, Terry responded, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”
He then claimed to be a direct descendent of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
And if by chance you think this is just a one moment-type thing at CPAC, they also tossed out a Black Conservative after he asked about diversity in the Republican Party during a heated discussion.
Apparently the discussion turned into a shouting match. Ironically, the session they attended was titled, “Trump The Race Card: Are You Sick And Tired Of Being Called A Racist When You Know You’re Not One?” “Scott Terry of North Carolina, accompanied by a Confederate-flag-clad attendee, Matthew Heimbach, rose to say he took offense to the event’s take on slavery. (Heimbach founded the White Students Union at Towson University and is described as a “white nationalist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.)” TPM reports.
He then proceeded to shout a black woman down.
I’m done. I can’t even write a response. The stupid is too thick in this party. There, I said it.