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CPAC attendee from NC defends slavery at minority outreach panel; asks for return to segregation

Scott Terry thinks blacks should be grateful for food and shelter provided by Massa and why can’t we just have segregation?

So much for minority outreach, lol. My fellow North Carolinians out there, look at what is “representing” at CPAC [shaking my head…]:

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

…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.”

Honest to god, the vast majority of North Carolinians aren’t this backward, of course, but this attitude is out there, waning and angry at the social change going on. Watch it:

At least  a number of conservatives in that room laughed at Terry’s statements, but hey — this is the Base that the GOP wants to retain…the Republican Party has catered to it for decades and barely contained its race-baiting in just about every election in which it thought it could gain advantage. It can’t run away from it now.

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