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CPAC GOP Branding Damage: Participant Defends Slavery as Good (UPDATED)

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If there is “rebranding” going on in the GOP, the imagery that’s going out now is not exactly what Republicans who talked about rebranding had in mind. It is a bit of a disaster when someone seemingly longs for the days of slavery and desegration. Not the best way to attract African-American voters — and moderates and independents — don’t you think? But here’s the polemical train wreck

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.

If this segment (it is on video) gets wide play, a lot of voters will ask a version of this same question:

Why can’t we just keep on voting for the Democrats because they at least seem to have gotten the message about slavery.

(Oh: And desegration, too.)

UPDATE: And it gets worse.

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  • Willwright


  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    amazingly uninformed to think that a slave even in finery, which some slaves throughout world were and are given [read certain of the emirs and ‘sultans’ and modern ‘princes’… means anything less than a dehumanized state if one is not free in every way as one’s ‘master’.

  • Jim Satterfield

    Actually, Willwright, I find it very believable. I not only find it believable that he said it but that he received at least some approval. Frankly, I think there were others who agreed with him but stayed quiet. Just look at what some conservative Christians who are Biblical literalists go through when the passages about slavery are pointed out to them.

  • cjjack

    Perhaps only slightly less absurd than the suggestion that slavery was a boon to black people is the idea that this guy’s “people” are being “disenfranchised.”

    I wonder how long it will be before someone from the right wing responds to this with “well of course I disagree with him, but…

  • The_Ohioan

    Frederick Douglass must be rolling in his grave. This patriot charlatan (KCarl Smith)ascribes political positions to Mr. Douglass that are difficult to find credible. It is unsurprising to learn he is a cohort of Ginni and Clarence Thomas.

  • rudi

    The train wreck just keeps piling up. The racists at NR trump the WS from NC.
    Segregation now, segregation forever!!
    Smiley face

  • Just yesterday, on an earlier thread, I stated an opinion that the GOP is better at messaging than the Dems, hence the small-government philosophy has a bigger following than the progressive government philosophy.

    Then the Right pulls this out of their unclean orifice.

    Oh Universe. How you love to prove me wrong. 😀

  • Willwright

    Next we will probably hear how a occasional lynching was a good thing that released pent-up racial tensions(a white only perspective), or reduced the crime rate, etc, etc.

  • slamfu

    What a whackjob.

  • StockBoyLA

    I think the appropriate follow-up question to him and anyone else who does not think slavery is bad, is this: “If you believe slavery isn’t bad, then why don’t you become a slave? And if you do not want to become a slave then why not?”

    I also can’t help but wonder whether people who believe slavery is good think only African-Americans should be slaves, or if whites should be slaves too. Ask him how he would feel if his sister (if he has one) or father lost their job and had to become a slave. Would he be proud to say that his father is a slave? Or… does think only African-Americans should be slaves? I’d be interested in knowing if he believes in equal opportunity slavery.

  • bluebelle

    And this is the new and improved GOP!They are in danger of making the GWB gang look good!
    Sadly, though nothing shocks me anymore about the so-called “principled” Conservatives. Somehow some of them no longer see the need to rein in their racism, greed, homophobia, xenophobia or misogyny. The leadership seems hell-bent in encouraging the absolute worst in their members, and it is shameful.
    When 94% of blacks vote for Democrats, they should look back on this moment and learn from it.

    How can anyone be proud to be associated with a party that is rivaling the old Dixiecrats in crassness and venality.

  • The_Ohioan

    Perhaps everyone should watch the video (in the first link above) again. Watch the shock and listen to the outcries when this smiling and smirking fellow takes his stand. Only one person in that room seems wacko (at least in the video) and that’s Mr. Terry. Mr. KCarl Smith seems simply misguided in his efforts to export Mr. Douglass’s political views to those of modern conservativism (as he sees it).

    Even CPAC members can be outraged by a true racist and should be applauded for their reaction of abhorrence.

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