*As we reported, some attendees at the Republican National Convention found it hard to contain their true feelings and pelted an African American camerawoman from CNN with peanuts while snickering, “This is how we feed the animals.”
“I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all,” CNN camerawoman, Patricia Carroll, told Journal-isms. “This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South. 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.”
The two attendees accused of doing the dirty deed were ejected from the arena; and, as we also reported, convention organizers condemned the incident saying, “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”
Carroll says this should be a wake-up call to African Americans who have become lackadaisical in their belief, thinking things – read race relations – have progressed more than they actually have.
“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 …People were living in euphoria for a while. People think we’ve gone further than we have.”
The lack of black presence at the RNC has been acknowledged by several commentators; and as a result, the facetious Twitter hashtag #negrospotting was generated. According to Carroll, there were not many African American women at the convention.
Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee, told The Huffington Post on Thursday that in 2008, there were only 36 black delegates of the 2,000 in attendance, and that the GOP needed to do a better job of welcoming people of color.
“The proof is in the numbers,” Steele said.
Read the full interview with Carroll in Journal-isms.
But wait, there’s more. This just in …
Patricia Carroll was but one incident. There were more.
An article at Salt Lake City, Utah station KUTV.com (Channel 2) titled, Racism At The Republican National Convention?, (yes, that’s a question mark), says Mia Love, a Haitian American, called a “rising star” in the GOP who gave a rousing speech at the RNC; wowing the crowd left and right, later found her Wiki page hacked, with an onslaught of insults that inclded the “N” word. While Love delivered her speech, talking of civility and equality, a hacker took over her online identity…and called her a “dirty, worthless wh*re who sold her soul in the name of big business,” among other things.
And to add insult to injury, according to KUTV.com, media outlets have reported that Love and almost every other minority who spoke was edited out of live broadcasts on at least one network. RNC speakers who were not seen on often liberal leaning MSNBC include Love, Hispanic Texas senate candidate Ted Crux, Hispanic Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and former Obama backer Artur Davis, who is African American.
Take a look at the KUTV video report here.