Every four years when the Republicans hold their convention and trot out their handful of Blacks, Latinos, Asians and other people of color, what is the message they are seeking to convey to America? “Look! We have a few. But not too many.”
And they know their place. When they forget there are ways to remind them where and what it is.
Why do Republicans get rapped as being a party that accommodates bigots?
This is why: An attendee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday allegedly threw nuts at a black camerawoman working for CNN and said “This is how we feed animals” before being removed from the convention, a network official confirmed to Talking Points Memo.
RNC officials ejected the two attendees and confiscated their credentials and issued an apology to the camerawoman, but didn’t identify who they were and which state delegation they were with.
Don’t fall for the okie-doke. A bigot attending a Republican National Convention? That’s about as usual as fleas at a dog show.
Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman who was assaulted with peanuts and called an animal by two attendees at the Republican National Convention, told Journal-isms on Thursday that “I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all.”
Carroll, who agreed to be named for the first time, said she does not want her situation to be used for political advantage. “This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue,” she said by telephone from Tampa.
Carroll said no one took the names of the attendees who threw peanuts at her Tuesday on the convention floor and told her, “This is what we feed animals.” She alerted fellow camera operators, producers and CNN security. The head of the delegation — she was not certain of the state — told her the perpetrators must have been alternates, not delegates.
But Carroll, 34, said that as an Alabama native, she was not surprised. “This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South,” she said. “You come to places like this, you can count the black people on your hand. They see us doing things they don’t think I should do.“
Carroll noted of the Republican convention, “There are not that many black women there.”
“I can’t change these people’s hearts and minds,” Carroll added. “No, it doesn’t feel good. But I know who I am. I’m a proud black woman. A lot of black people are upset. This should be a wake-up call to black people. . . . People were living in euphoria for a while. People think we’re gone further than we have.”
The person(s) was an invited attendee. If you invite a guest to a party you’re holding and they exhibit boorish behavior such as urinating on your neighbor’s roses, vomiting on their sidewalk or defecating in their driveway, you’re kind of responsible.
Party conventions are staged and scripted events designed to put the party in the best possible light. Some racist jerkwad (who hopefully was liquored up) throwing peanuts at a Black camerawoman and screaming, “THIS IS HOW WE FEED ANIMALS” doesn’t exactly conform to that hoped for goal.
That’s why the lame attempts to wave away the ugliness of this incident by Republicans falls flat. I wonder if those two troglodytes know how lucky they are? Do they know how close they came to having both of their bitch asses beat to death? Maybe because Black folk have taken it for so long some White men feel free to let their redneck flag fly and just say and do whatever the hell they want to any Black person that wanders into range. Maybe because we’ve been so peaceful and tolerant and forgiving they believe we will always be that way.
Catch the wrong brother or sister at the wrong time in the wrong mood at the right time and that might be your butt. Next thing you know you’re waking up in the emergency room. If you wake up at all.
I don’t know Patricia Carroll, but I feel like I want to defend and fight for her.
- CNN Camerawoman ‘Not Surprised At All’ By Peanut-Throwing Incident At RNC (mediaite.com)
- True Colors: RNC Attendee Throws Nuts At CNN Black Camerawoman “How We Feed Animal” (oldschool945.com)
- Black CNN Camerawoman Speaks Out About Peanut-Throwing Incident (thinkprogress.org)