Dang Those Slaves Were So Ungrateful

How someone thought that CPAC, one of the most conservative gatherings in America, was a good place to hold a panel on reaching out to minorities is beyond me. So I am not surprised this happened:

A panel discussion on race at the Conservative Political Action Conference turned into a debate over slavery and segregation when an attendee from North Carolina said that “young, white, Southern males” are being disenfranchised by Republicans.

Scott Terry, 30, rose from his seat to question the discussion leader, K. Carl Smith, from the Frederick Douglass Republicans, over the role of race in the Republican Party. Terry said that the growth of diversity in the party and outreach to black conservatives has been “at the expense of young, white, Southern males like myself.”

“I think my demographic is being systematically disenfranchised,” Terry said.

Smith responded by telling a story about a letter that abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass wrote to his former slaveowner forgiving him for holding him in servitude.

“For giving him shelter and food?” asked Terry, as some members of the audience gasped and others laughed.

Think Progress reported that Terry later said he supports segregation.

Terry told Think Progress following the panel discussion that he believed that whites have been “systematically disenfranchised” by the federal government. He also told Think Progress he’d “be fine” with a society with blacks subservient to whites. African Americans, he said, should vote in Africa. He claimed the tea party agrees with him.

Good heavens. Slaves should have been grateful they were provided room and board?! And the guy was serious. Wow.

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6 thoughts on “Dang Those Slaves Were So Ungrateful

  1. ericjbaker says:

    Oh my, we white males are so disenfranchised! At least one out of every twenty times I walk into an executive board room somewhere, I see a woman or a minority. It’s outrageous!

    I can’t tell you all the times I’ve been randomly stopped and frisked or pulled over by the police based on suspicion of my race or tailed by security guards in a shopping mall. The reason I can’t tell you is because it never happens.

    If that kid were a retiree I’d say he’s a relic of a by-gone age, but, sadly, he chooses his ignorance. Just smart enough to read a book and articulate a thought, but not smart enough to use analytic skills or reflect on what he is actually saying.

    • Earnest Harris says:

      Yeah I think people like that guy are choosing ignorance because if they look around there is no way they can say whites overall are on the short end of things in America. Which is not to say that every person has legitimate reasons to sometimes feel put upon for physical reasons. But to take some of his beliefs as far as he does requires a true disconnection from truth. I just don’t think it is possible to reach people like him.

      • ericjbaker says:

        I’m probably being naive, but I bet if he got to know a few people of color, he might open his eyes a little wider. It’s amazing how suspicion and distrust can fall away with a handshake and a hello.

      • Earnest Harris says:

        I must be naive too because that’s what I believe. If people could just get to know someone of a group they have a fear of or suspicions about it would help a lot. Unless of course if the person they are talking to hates as much as they do. LOL

  2. That whole conversation and all respect flew out the door with that interrupter white privilege red herring of a comment: “providing food and shelter”. Yes, providing food and shelter to get free labor after splitting up enslaved families, selling enslaved children away from their enslaved mothers and fathers, raping enslaved women, lynchings by rope, lynchings by burning, under constant threat of violence, everyday dehumanization, everyday disrespect and everyday oppression.

    • Earnest Harris says:

      Yeah free room and board wasn’t at all free. Not to mention they didn’t choose to come partake of that “hospitality.”

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