CPAC Minority Outreach Panel Participant Says Slavery Gave ‘Food and Shelter’ to Blacks

Frederick Douglass featured at CPAC minority outreach, participant defends slavery in America
CPAC Minority Outreach Panel Participant Says Slavery Gave ‘Food and Shelter’ to Blacks [Frederick Douglass] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
CPAC MINORITY OUTREACH DISASTER: The Republican Party will always have a problem with blacks and Latinos racist rhetoric they spew. During a panel discussion   on “minority outreach,” a  CPAC participant defended slavery, saying it gave ‘food and shelter’ to blacks. I can’t help but wonder if this participant, whose name is reportedly Scott Terry, was a troll.

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?”


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.

At one point, a woman challenged him on the Republican Party’s roots, to which Terry responded, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”

Talking Points Memo:  “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.)”

What do you expect from CPAC when Donald Trump, the granddaddy of the birther movement, was given a prominent role to spew more venom? The Republicans had better wake up and quickly. The CPAC minority outreach was a disaster, plain and simple.

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