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During a panel on minority outreach at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Friday afternoon, 30 year old Scott Terry asked whether Republicans should endorse remaining separate but equal. The presenter, K. Carl Smith, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, then the audience member shot back asking, “For what? For feeding him and housing him?”
After the back and forth, Terry wondered out loud, “why can’t we just have segregation?”
ThinkProgress spoke to Terry, who says he believes that whites, not blacks, have been disenfranchised by the government. He also said that African-Americans “should be allowed to vote in Africa” and that he’d be happy with a society where blacks were permanently subservient to whites.
When a woman attempted to challenge Terry’s racist views during the panel, he said, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”
After the event, K. Carl Smith released a statement blaming a journalist, not the racist man in the crowd, for asking a provocative question:
I was invited by the Tea Party Patriots to conduct a breakout session entitled: “Trump The Race Card” and share the Frederick Douglass Republican Message. In the middle of my delivery, while discussing the 1848 “Women’s Rights Convention,” I was rudely interrupted by a woman working for the Voice of Russia. She abruptly asked me: “How many black women were there?” This question was intentionally disruptive and coercive with no way of creating a positive dialogue.
Watch video of the exchange here.