CPAC “minority outreach” session debates whether slavery was a good thing for blacks (video)

At today’s CPAC conference, the largest and most important GOP/conservative conference of the year, an argument broke out during the “minority outreach” session as to whether slavery was a good thing for African-Americans.

A supporter of Rick Santorum in the audience seemed to suggest that slaveowners had nothing to be forgiven for, since they fed and housed their slaves.

It went downhill from there.

When I hear “GOP Minority Outreach,” I think of that old Twilight Zone episode where the earthlings are somewhat uneasy about the newly-landed aliens’ hand of friendship. They discover that the aliens have a book in their possession titled “To Serve Man,” and finally accept that the aliens are reaching out to them in genuine friendship. Only too late do they discover that the aliens’ friendly outreach was something else entirely.

by default 2013-03-15 at 9.22.46 PM

Here’s the Twilight Zone episode summarized in 4 minutes, it’s a classic – watch it and find out about 3 minutes in what the book really is.  Then watch the video from the CPAC session after.

Here’s some video of the discussion, and ThinkProgress has much more.

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69 Responses to “CPAC “minority outreach” session debates whether slavery was a good thing for blacks (video)”

  1. SkippyFlipjack says:

    This is awesome — National Review Online shows that it’s onboard the minority outreach effort by publishing a flattering story about the shoeshine guy at the convention.

  2. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Everyone knows she was covering the event for Voice of Russia — that’s been explicit in all the reporting I’ve read.

  3. SkippyFlipjack says:

    No, he obviously doesn’t represent all Republicans — note how most of the room gets upset when he says that slaveowners have nothing to be forgiven for. What he represents, though, is five decades of embracing racists, a legacy that the GOP will be untangling for a long long time.

  4. thanks for making my point.

  5. The_Questman says:

    Sure try – and Notice how the woman was from “The Voice of Russia.” and her question is what ignited the controversy.

  6. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    That would be interesting if it were true. You provided no links, so I spent a lot of time googling. I came up with nothing, so the ball is in your court. How about some links?

  7. seriously.

  8. How about the fact that the speaker blamed the row on the audacity of an African-American woman asking how many black women attended the 1848 Women’s Right Convention? Whether or not the segregationist was invited, he escapes blame by the speaker, who along with the crowd preferred to hold a black woman responsible for “inciting” his hate speech.

  9. The_Questman says:

    So now the rest of the story… This person was not a CPAC invitee… he is a racist anarchist who is in an all white student union. He came to cause trouble and not contribute. Of course with a little Michael Moore cut and paste video magic he was made to look as someone who represents all Republicans. MSNBC, CBS and ABC have all been caught manipulating video footage to meet their liberal agenda. This whole episode is just another attempt to paint the Right with a very large brush.

  10. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Side note: keep an eye out for Dr Ben Carson in the coming years. He’s the GOP’s Wesley Clark — a decent guy who’s not necessarily cut out for politics but who looks from certain angles like a perfect candidate so he gets everyone really excited. He’s successful! A doctor! He’s conservative! He’s smart! He’s black! (Subtext: We’re not racists! In other words, a smarter Herman Cain.)

    So he gives a speech at a breakfast this year with Obama in attendance where he covered some things everyone agrees with (Education is awesome! Congress shouldn’t be all lawyers!)

  11. Ray Butlers says:

    He’d be appealing if it weren’t for the revolting personality. Goes to show that even the best-looking men can be a turn off.

  12. Ray Butlers says:

    unfortunately, idiots vote

  13. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Wikipedia lists the source for the quote, you idiot, including a PDF of the original article. I wanted to have a reasonable discussion with you but I stopped reading after that first sentence. You want to believe whatever you want to believe and don’t have a lot of interest in actual facts. OK, I’m done.

  14. The_Questman says:

    That explains it… Wikipedia! Now there’s a resource…. LOL! I guess you believe everything you read on the internet is true…. Where did you learn that?…. The internet! Oh here’s my boyfriend I met on the Internet. He’s a French model….. ROFLMAO!

    Again… Go look up the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights act. Both had a larger percentage of Republicans voting yes than Democrats had. That is a fact even Wikipedia has right.

    As far as the Democratic Party of Today? Well Comrade their platform is indistinguishable from the Communist Manifesto. Tax the producers to support the lazy. Take away all guns so the people can be controlled. End all private and homeschooling to make sure children are indoctrinated in the party plan. Abolish rights of inheritance and private property. Sure you can argue that all these things are not full implemented but its not from lack of trying. Congratulations on being TODAY’s Democrat. The Democratic Party is the De Facto Communist party of the U.S. That is why the Communist Party always endorse Democrats but never Republicans. The only reason Obama runs as a Democrat is because at this time he couldn’t have won running as the Marxist he is on the Communist Ticket. Don’t believe me? Go read the Communist Manifesto then the DEM party platform…. Then read about Obama’s Marxist Grandparents, Parents, Mentors, Friends & his trips to communist meetings and rallies while in college. It’s all in HIS books.

    Now as far as Black Democrats making the rules… Yeah they are there. But let a black conservative be nominated for the Supreme Court and the Democrats howl about Uncle Tom and the House Ni//er. Same holds true for most black conservatives who run or are nominated for office. Dr. Carson and Senator Tim Scott from S. Carolina have both been met with racist words and vitriol in the last few months. Liberals can’t stand black people who have gone off their plantation on their own and have become successful without their handouts and patronization & don’t join their club. It completely throws off their insistence that black people can’t do anything without Uncle Sugar there to give them a handout. So they must denigrate them and belittle them. YOU NEVER see this kind of racism from the Republican majority. What you will see is the Mainstream Democratic Controlled Media saying that every word in the dictionary that Republicans use is a “codeword” for racism…. What a crock of crap.

  15. SkippyFlipjack says:

    “The constitution protects his right to believe the way he thinks is right.” Oh God, yet another person who doesn’t understand the First Amendment. The Constitution protects him from the Government passing any laws infringing his free speech, so it’s irrelevant here; and anyway, it also protects everyone else’s right to think he’s a moron and to not vote for him. Carson’s going to have trouble when he runs for office.

    Regarding the Southern Strategy, I’m not sure why you just want to invent stuff about it and deny the truth. “Racism was not an issue” until after Lee Atwater was dead in the early 90s? That’s just a lie. The racial-division strategy of the GOP is extensively documented. Here’s Nixon’s political strategist in 1970 (you can find this on Wikipedia, and if you don’t trust Wikipedia, just follow the links to the primary sources):

    “From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don’t need any more than that…but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That’s where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.”

    You write: “Democrats have destroyed the black family by their rules, their handouts and their insisting that all blacks are victims.” Do you know how patronizing that is? African-Americans are Democrats; they’re the ones making those party rules.

    Anyway, you insist on writing about stuff that happened pre-Civil Rights Act, so I’ll say again — I’m a Democrat because of what they believe today; are you a Republican because of what they did fifty years ago?

  16. The_Questman says:

    The Southern Strategy was about getting Southern Voters who believed in family values, the right to bear arms and people who believed that killing babies in the womb was just wrong. Racism was not an issue unless you believe the made up story about Lee Attwater that was written AFTER he was dead. One other person here has a problem with Dr. Carson’s religious belief in creationism. The constitution protects his right to believe the way he thinks is right. You talk of civil rights legislation… more Republicans voted for it than democrats in 1958 and 1965. Kennedy started Affirmative action and Nixon expanded it. Martin Luther King was a Republican because Republicans allowed him to register to vote. The Democrats in the South did not allow blacks to register much less vote.

    Your lesson for the day… Has Social programs really helped black families since the start of the Great Society? HISTORY says no. Democrats have destroyed the black family by their rules, their handouts and their insisting that all blacks are victims.

  17. Ninong says:

    If that’s the case, look for her to come back as Olga or Tatiana next time. They were the older sisters of Maria and Anastasia.

  18. karmanot says:

    Remember Anastasia? I think Maria was the new moniker.

  19. karmanot says:

    Do us a favor and buzz off troll fly

  20. karmanot says:


  21. karmanot says:

    They still do—called voter suppression. Ironically, this is the party of Lincoln.

  22. I love the sign in the background:” helping citizens rediscover, own, and preserve their civic authority.” I think the GOP is imploding, they have no idea what to do to fix it, and they’re determined to take the whole country down with them.

  23. SkippyFlipjack says:

    And here’s the thing: I’m in the Democratic Party because of their positions today. Are you really a Republican today because of what they stood for sixty years ago?

  24. SkippyFlipjack says:

    It’s good that you’re so interested in racial equality. You should be proud of the GOP’s accomplishments from sixty years ago, and embarrassed by their courting of racists that began in the 60s.

    As for Dr. Carson, don’t be ridiculous — he’s criticized because he’s an accomplished physician who doesn’t believe in evolution, not because he’s black. I know he’s a GOP rising star — smart! accomplished! black! — but he’s going to have real trouble attaining higher office because of the creationism thing.

  25. BeccaM says:

    Yeah, Maria was a hoot.

  26. Ninong says:

    Speaking of which, I miss Maria. Too bad she was banned. LOL

  27. BeccaM says:

    You do realize you’re arguing with an unhinged wingnut lunatic, yes?

  28. BeccaM says:

    Yeah, well, as Mr. Colbert famously said, facts have a well-known liberal bias.

  29. Ninong says:

    What a pity for the Republican party that all those ungrateful black people identify as Democrats now. According to a Pew Research study published before the 2012 presidential election, only 2% of the Republican party (both Republican and leaning Republican) is African-American, versus 21% of the Democratic party. Eighty-seven percent of Republicans are white, versus 61% of Democrats. Hispanics make up 5% of Republicans and 10% of Democrats.

    Surely those national figures don’t carry over to states with large African-American populations? What about Mississippi, the state with the largest percentage of African-Americans? Two percent of the Mississippi Republican party is African-American. Mississippi’s Republican Party is as white as they come. Ungrateful African-Americans!

  30. Ninong says:

    The Romney Campaign successfully convinced a lot of people that Obama gave free cell phones to welfare recipients as a way to buy votes. That was one of the free gifts Romney was talking about. Of course, he could have been sincere because I doubt Romney did any independent research to verify the accuracy of any of the shit they told him to say. Over the years, no matter what office he was running for, Mitt Romney has been willing to modify his positions as often as necessary to suit the constituency he was courting.

    The truth of the matter is that the free cell phones were instituted during the administration of George W. Bush, and that was just a modification of a program started during the Reagan administration. Bush, who once called himself a “Compassionate Conservative,” authorized free or low-cost cell phones as an option to an existing program that provided free or low-cost landline telephone service to those whose low incomes qualified them for that assistance.

  31. Ninong says:

    And Condoleezza Rice in particular.

  32. SkippyFlipjack says:

    If you want to discuss “real facts” don’t get off on the wrong foot with the Bill Maher nonsense (for the record, I don’t watch his show, don’t even have cable.)

    Don’t be offended — most Republicans aren’t racist, and I’m saying nothing about you personally. Watch the CPAC video above and you see most of the attendees being shocked by the guy’s views about how slaveowners have nothing to apologize for. The guy’s in the minority — but he’s a Republican because that’s the party that welcomes him.

    When a party courts racists and embraces racially divisive issues (you probably know about the ‘southern strategy’ — it’s no secret and well-documented) you end up, not surprisingly, counting a lot of racists among your membership. I think most of the party leadership doesn’t *want* to be the party of racists, but when the Democrats started pushing for civil rights legislation they saw their opportunity, and worked that to their advantage for decades. You know that the vast majority of African-Americans are Democrats; does that tell you something about which party might contain more of the people who don’t like them?

    Yes, Byrd was in the KKK — in the 1940s. A lot has changed since then.

  33. Ninong says:

    It’s true that a majority of the senators and congressmen from the South were both Democrats and racists when I was a boy. Many of those white Southern Democrats freaked out in 1948 when the Democratic Party adopted a civil rights plank as part of their platform. That triggered the Dixiecrats, with Strom Thurmond switching his registration from Democrat to Dixiecrat and running for president as a third party candidate.

    Thurmond was unsuccessful in his quest for the presidency as a Dixiecrat but he was welcomed into the new and improved Republican Party, which wasn’t about to pass up this golden opportunity to make inroads into the Solid South. Then during Lyndon Johnson’s administration, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965. On top of all that, desegregation was now in full swing throughout the South.

    That was when Richard Nixon and Barry Goldwater came up with the Republican Party’s “Southern strategy.” Their plan was highly successful in luring all of the white racists away from the Democratic party into the new and improved Republican party. Southern senators and congressmen switched party registrations in droves and aspiring politicians did the same.

    That was then, this is now. Moderate Republicans in the Northeast and Midwest have been driven from their party. Today’s Republican party is concentrated in the Deep South and it is far from moderate. I think it’s time we started calling them by their new name: Republican Tea Party.

    P.S. — As for Sen. Robert Byrd — yes, he belonged to the KKK in the 1920’s, as did a lot of the Democratic politicians during that period, but he later renounced the KKK and all that it stands for. The same can’t be said for former Democrats like Trent Lott, who changed his party registration from Democrat to Republican to run for the congressional seat being vacated when his former employer, a retiring Democratic congressman from Mississippi retired. Trent correctly summed up the mood in his district and his state and came to the realization that Republican was the way to go if he was to get the votes of the majority of white Mississippi voters. Not only that, he became an avid supporter of the White Citizens Council, where his uncle was a high ranking member. After Trent was elected to Congress, he was a frequent guest speaker for the White Citizens Council, which later changed it’s name to something else but Trent continued to be their favorite son, speaking at their annual gatherings even as a member of the Senate. He frequently invited them to Washington, DC as his honored guests.

    Yes, we used to have a lot of Democrats in the KKK when I was a little boy but all of them either died off or joined the Republican party. Even David Duke was a Democrat during his early political career, but he could win any elections running as a Democrat. So he switched his registration to Republican and was elected to the US House of Representatives. At about the same time Duke changed the name of his KKK outfit (whatever you call it) to NAAWP (National Association for the Advancement of White People). To be fair, the Republican Party did not endorse Duke’s candidacy but the fact of the matter is that he won as a Republican in a very Republican, nearly all-white district.

    Yes, the KKK used to be big in the South and there used to be KKK members who were also Democrats, but we don’t have that problem anymore. What few KKK members there are now are really just white skinheads running around with their Nazi flags and shit, just like those assholes in Idaho. And all the racist white Democrats became Republicans, where one of them served as the longest-serving member of the Senate.

  34. karmanot says:

    Yes and It covers Stanford in general.

  35. karmanot says:

    And some of your best friends grandma’s used to be slaves. I suppose when Republican racists tattoo a voting number on your arm, you might come around.

  36. The_Questman says:

    You say racists tend to be Republican… How about backing that up with some facts. Real facts and not Democrat talking points and propaganda. Voter ID laws are racist? What is your proof? A Large percentage of people arrested and convicted for voter and election fraud are Democrats. Every state that has enacted Voter ID laws has made provisions for people to get IDs either free or at a discount. Some states have even set up programs for voters to be picked up and transported to get their IDs. Obama did not win ANY states with voter ID laws because cheating was not allowed not because of racism. You mentioned redistricting… Both parties do that to gain some advantage. What is “General Biases?” Stuff you heard on the Bill Maher show?

    Remember… At one time the KKK was considered an arm of the Democratic Party & it wasn’t long ago that KKK Grand Master Robert Byrd was a Democratic Senator.

  37. Heisenberg says:

    The GOP is the controlled opposition in the program of White genocide. This genocide is not being carried out by bullets, gas, or starvation (yet), it’s being carried out by forced assimilation and forced integration of non-Whites into EVERY White country on earth. White people are the ONLY people on earth who are denied the right to their own countries, communities, and institutions. Africans, Asians, Jewish people, Arabs, ect are all free to have countries, communities, and institutions dedicated to their own interests. ONLY Whites are denied this right. This system will lead to the end of White people on earth. This is genocide. The GOP leadership will be held accountable for assisting this genocide.

  38. The_Questman says:

    Without Republicans history shows us that blacks would still not be able to vote. They would still have to drink from a separate water fountain. They would have their own entrances to important buildings… in the back. Nearly all large black colleges were founded by Republicans… I guess there was an underlying racial hatred for Republicans to want to have higher education for minorities.

    You have Republicans to thank for Howard University, Spelman College,
    Morehouse College all fine historically black institutions of higher
    learning paid for & built with Republican money.

    If the much praised by Democrats Margaret Sanger had her way the African-American race would no longer exist in the U.S. The founder of Planned Parenthood’s primary goal was to “eliminate the Negro Race in America”. Not eliminated but thousands of black children are killed in abortion clinics in the Democrats favorite charity every year. Planned Parenthood was and is found on the premise that minority and low income trash of any color or race should be eliminated for the good of the country. Hitler, by the way, thought that was a Great Idea!

    I have to laugh when the left calls Republicans Nazi’s, Fascists, Communists…etc. Spend a day in the library & you will find that Democrats are far more connected to these philosophies than Republicans. Even now the Dear Leader Barack Obama is implementing Communist reforms to include High Progressive taxes on the successful. Putting people on welfare. Taking away guns and using totalitarian tactics to go around the Constitution. If anyone bothers to read the Communist Manifesto and the Democratic Party goals they can pretty much be interchangeable.

    Slavery…. It was Republicans who fought and died for former slaves to be given rights not democrats. Much of the legislation today giving rights to minorities were enacted because Republicans voted for them not Democrats. Since the Civil War Democrats formed the KKK. Killed republican politicians, Filibustered minority rights legislation and sought to keep blacks “separated from White Society.”

    It’s rare to hear racial slurs come from the Republicans or Conservatives but all you have to do is watch Bill Maher or Liberal talk radio and you will hear them denigrate Black Republicans from Colin Powell to Dr. Carson. When people get their minds out of the Left’s Ass and listen, read & learn history they can see that the Democrats only tolerate blacks. Just listen and see the racial bigotry in the language of Joe Biden. Look it up and see what he has said about Obama, people from India etc.

    It is a shame that so many Democrats of all races, creeds and color don’t bother to read the history of their party and where they are going. You can’t fix Stupid but you can ignorance. I challenge every Democratic Voter to actually go to the library and read history NOT the glossy covered books by their party’s talking heads. You may be as amazed as NM Gov. Susana Martinez was when she realized after being raised a Democrat and voted as a Democrat for years that she was really more aligned with the Republicans and in the end became one.

  39. emjayay says:

    I thought that would show up as a thumbnail. I apologise for the unavoidable visual assault.

  40. emjayay says:

    They all just read the works of Ayn Rand. Some will get over it as they learn more and their brains mature. Others will be stuck in perpetual adolescence.

  41. emjayay says:

    I think that would be at the Hoover Insitution, located at Stanford.

  42. emjayay says:

    After they lost the war of northern aggression as soon as they had the chance (probably when they got rid of those carpetbaggers and black representatives and that Reconstruction stuff) Southern states reintroduced their Slave Codes in reconsituted form as Black Codes, and continued on their merry way.

  43. MoonDragon says:

    I guess people who live under socialism shouldn’t complain because the state provides them with food, shelter, clothing, and, well, everything but incentive and opportunity to advance themselves.

  44. confusion says:

    What’s a little slavery between friends..?

  45. SkippyFlipjack says:

    I’m going to use that: “Your comments aren’t that dumb, the same argument was made during the early colonial period.” :)

  46. FunMe says:

    CPAC … locos de la cabeza!

  47. Ninong says:

    “Didn’t you pay attention during Bible study? Women do not teach men. It’s in the Bible. It’s not listed as an abomination but it should be.” That’s what my special CPAC friend told me to tell you. LOL

  48. Ninong says:

    As dumb as his comments were, they’re no different from the official position of the Catholic Church during the early colonial period, when the Jesuits travelled with the conquistadors to the New World to tame the savages and bring eternal salvation to their heathen souls.

  49. BeccaM says:

    Y’know, it’s funny how dense the GOPers have become over the last couple of decades.

    Their presidential candidate, who’s a multi-multi millionaire, calls everyone who doesn’t pay federal income taxes because they’re too poor or retired or serving in the military (or who simply chose to vote Dem this last election) a bunch of dependent moochers — and they wonder why they’re losing the poor people vote as well as increasing numbers of self-declared Independents.

    They spent the last election vilifying immigrants, especially those from ‘brown’ countries — and they wonder why Latinos won’t vote for them.

    Several of their Congressional candidates spout ridiculous nonsense about rape not being so bad, that women don’t get pregnant from it, and that it’s no big deal to force women to carry their rapists’ babies to term — AND the entire party is against required insurance coverage for contraceptive medication, plus they’re opposed to equal pay and anti-abuse laws — and they wonder why they’re losing women’s votes.

    They have a big old conservative meeting, making it clear that not only are gay Republican activist groups are not allowed to attend, nobody is even to mention they exist — and they wonder why they can’t seem to attract any but the self-hating gays, who aren’t welcome anyway either.

    On top of this, their big old conservative meeting is infested with science deniers, ignorant morons, neo-fascists, Dominionists, chauvinists, bigots of every stripe and overt racists (who despite openly advocating white supremacist ideas aren’t kicked out) and very few people of color (who are, if they dare to ask why there are so few people of color attending) — and they wonder why they’re losing the non-white vote.

    SkippyFlipjack summed it up beautifully below:

    I also love that people attended a “How Do We Attract Minorities?” session so they could argue against the basic premise that the GOP should do that.

  50. Oh god that’s right, I forgot about that. Yep that was based on the twilight zone as well.

  51. freewayblogger says:

    Cell phones will be the death of the Republican Party. Thank God.

  52. SkippyFlipjack says:

    don’t forget the Simpsons Halloween episode on the same theme…

  53. Guest says:

    don’t forget the Simpsons Halloween episode on the same theme..

  54. SkippyFlipjack says:

    I found this whole thing interesting because I recently read Douglass’s first autobiography — highly recommended, the PDF is freely available — and the picture he painted of that era was illuminating. Every aspect of slaveowning society was set up to keep the institution strong. Slaves were separated from their parents when they were young, moved far from friends, constantly transferred between masters in order to keep them rootless, unsettled. The legal system was a series of catch-22’s that ensured no one would ever be prosecuted for mistreating a slave. Wealth (and power) went hand-in-hand with slaveowning; when Douglass moved to the free North he was shocked to find so many nice houses because in the South everyone of any means had slaves, so he expected the North to be nothing but tin-roofed shacks. Even the most reasonable (as it were) of Douglass’s slavemasters angrily forbid his wife from teaching Douglass to read, but the damage was done — Douglass had learned enough to continue on his own, and the master’s adamance only served to show Douglass that reading was a step down the road to freedom. Many of these sorts of subtle tools of control are still in evidence (voter ID laws, redistricting, general biases, etc) so the idea that these folks want to call themselves “Frederick Douglass Republicans” is ludicrous. It’s like the idea of the GOP being the “party of Lincoln” — Republicans aren’t all racists but racists tend to be Republican, and Lincoln would have had nothing to do with the party that welcomed them.

  55. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Love the attached image — the face of the young attendee in the front row when the guy says that Douglass shouldn’t have to “forgive” his slaveowner for giving him clothes and shelter.

    I also love that people attended a “How Do We Attract Minorities?” session so they could argue against the basic premise that the GOP should do that.

  56. karmanot says:

    And, he supplied the free pizza!

  57. karmanot says:

    “where’s the inclusion? Where are the black people?” Working at Stanford, where they claim that affirmative action had no part in elevating themselves to elite Republican tokenism.

  58. BeccaM says:

    LOL. The irony…

  59. UncleBucky says:

    But, but, but… That’s slavery, Chauncey! ;o)

  60. UncleBucky says:

    Oh, but Republicans ARE idiots. They have been idiots since they decided that Eisenhower was a traitor, Nixon was moral and Reagan was with all his marbles.

  61. UncleBucky says:

    This is not to be believed. Anyone these days even countenancing that slavery could be good for anyone has simply been kept from history, prevented from learning about empathy, and taught nothing real about Jesus or some other ancient sage.

  62. Bcre8ve says:

    He also “….told a fellow female attendee when she responded to one of his remarks, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”

    It seems that the Republican’s plan of “outreach” to women and minorities is really just a backhand slap.


  63. BeccaM says:

    Then there was this scene at CPAC where an African American attendee tried to point out how few African Americans were in attendance. The end of their exchange:

    Black guy: “I do. Cause race matters.”

    White guy: “No it doesn’t!!! You’re an American! You’re not a black person! You’re an American! I didn’t go in and count all the Jews?”

    Then the white guy starts screaming at the African American fellow, the latter of whom is escorted away. In comment, he says, “I’m trying to understand how come there’s no black people here. I’m trying to figure out why the outreach of the GOP and especially CPAC is not working with black citizens and I have yet to find an answer, only I get, all I’ve gotten is abrasive attitudes and people yelling because I guess I ask the tough question, just ask the simple question, where’s the inclusion? Where are the black people? I don’t know why that is so offensive?”

  64. nicho says:

    These are the same people who think pedophilia is good, because “hey, everybody needs a hug now and then.”

  65. PDQ says:

    Are these sessions all filled with kids who can’t even drink yet? That entire front row appears to be high school or Frosh/Soph college kids who are taking notes so they can go back and talk about their experience in Show and Tell.

    Or are they all ‘hoam skooled’ by parents who consider this part of their kids’ curriculum?

  66. RyansTake says:

    The Republican Plan: Only work the plebians half to death, and demand thanks from them from being given *just enough* to survive. (At least until they’re no longer productive enough to work, then we must get rid of their health care and social security, even if they paid into it.)

  67. olandp says:

    How dare that black man try to lead white people and express his feelings. Doesn’t he know that he is only allowed to feel what his betters tell him to feel? If he wants to express his feelings he does not belong at CPAC.

  68. Indigo says:

    There ya go. Now they need to go see Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django’ and get back in touch with what a brutal travesty slavery was in real life. It’s refresher course in the horrors of slavery just the way Harriet Beecher Stowe’s ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ was more than a century and a half ago.

  69. josephebacon says:

    The whole world is seeing the Republican Id. And they’re coming to the conclusion that Republicans are idiots.

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