Monday, March 18, 2013

The White Party

One last note about the CPAC gathering this past weekend: there was a session that was labeled — I’m not making this up — “Trump The Race Card: Are You Sick And Tired Of Being Called A Racist When You Know You’re Not One?”  (Answer: if people call you a racist, you probably are.)

It got a little out of hand when a couple of white guys got their tails all puffed up about conservative African-Americans calling themselves “Frederick Douglass Republicans,” condemning slavery, and blaming it on the Democrats.

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.)

“It seems to be that you’re reaching out to voters at the expense of young white Southern males,” Terry said, adding he “came to love my people and culture” who were “being systematically disenfranchised.”

Smith responded that Douglass forgave his slavemaster.

“For giving him shelter? And food?” Terry said.

At this point the event devolved into a mess of shouting. Organizers calmed things down by asking everyone to “take the debate outside after the presentation.”

I’m shocked, shocked to see racism going on at a Tea Party panel on racism.

4 barks and woofs on “The White Party

    • No, lark, he wants recognition for his great-great-great-grandparent’s (yes, singular – great-great-great-grandma doens’t count in his book) commitment to Creating Wealth and Employment (including said food and shelter) in the New World.

  1. There’s some brilliant coverage and commentary on this at ThinkProgress and Balloon Juice. Terry reportedly went Full Metal Wingnut during and after the session, not only suggesting that slaveowners were Blessed Job-Creating Benefactors by another name, but that women (any and all, not just the one contracted to him) shouldn’t be allowed to contradict men in public.

    Cue the Reichwing rage machine about “Gawdless Librul Soshulist ACORN-recruited plants sent to CPAC to make the rest look bad” in 3… 2… 1…

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