CNN Camerawoman Speaks Out About Peanut-Throwing Incident

Patricia Carroll says she's "not surprised" that it happened.

Posted: 08/30/2012 01:53 PM EDT

Patricia Carroll, a CNN camerawoman at the Republican National Convention, who had peanuts thrown at her and was called an "animal," has spoken to the media for the first time since the incident earlier this week in Tampa, Florida.

She spoke to the Maynard Institute's Richard Prince for his Thursday Journal-isms column:

Carroll, who agreed to be named for the first time, said she does not want her situation to be used for political advantage. "This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue," she said by telephone from Tampa.

Carroll said no one took the names of the attendees who threw peanuts at her Tuesday on the convention floor and told her, "This is what we feed animals." She alerted fellow camera operators, producers and CNN security. The head of the delegation — she was not certain of the state — told her the perpetrators must have been alternates, not delegates.

But Carroll, 34, said that as an Alabama native, she was not surprised. "This is Florida, and I'm from the Deep South," she said. "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."

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