Conservative racism is alive and real, folks, and it doesn't look like it's going anywhere anytime soon. The most recent example of bigotry on the far right comes from National Harbor, Maryland at the Conservative Political Action Committee event. The despicable display took place Friday afternoon when an audience member made some less than pleasant comments about the struggle of African-Americans in the United States. To be clear, the guy clearly defended slavery.
It's hard to put into words what happened at the CPAC event, but audience member Scott Terry reportedly asked if Republicans would endorse the whole "separate but equal" concept. K. Carl Smith (a presenter) responded with a quote about slaves forgiving their masters, but Terry cut him off with the flippant answer:
"For what? For feeding and housing him?"
It's not only disappointing that this person so openly flaunted his bigotry, but what's most despicable is that the audience erupted in applause in support of his statement. Terry is then reported to have muttered something about wanting segregation to return.
This winner of a republican, which was applauded by the CPAC audience, then turned his disdain for a female conservative who (surprisingly) challenged his stance on segregation and slavery, to which he replied:
"I didn't know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public."
Racism? Check. Ignorance? Check. Misogyny? Double check.
It's hard to even begin talking about all the wrong that went down in National Harbor on Friday, and it's disappointing that this isn't being widely discussed. These are the people who tried to buy the 2012 election, and even though they lost they still put money in a lot of different pockets of a lot of politicians who still have some kind of power. These are the people that socially conservative Americans support with their donations and the way they choose to vote. And it's unacceptable.
To say that slavery was even remotely beneficial to African-Americans is not only historically inaccurate, but it's just plain insulting on multiple levels. It's insulting to the millions of African-Americans in the U.S. and it's insulting to the entire way of American life.
At this point, it has almost become completely impossible to have respect for conservative voters -- and with the release of this story and more like it, it's disappointing that there even still are conservative voters. Who could really stand behind this line of thought? The lowest common denominator of society, that's who.
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