CPAC Attendee Says Slavery Was Good for Blacks

Scott Terry also called for a return to segregation at the conservative summit.

Posted: 03/18/2013 10:46 AM EDT
CPAC Attendee Says Slavery Was Good for Blacks

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A white conservative turned the C in CPAC into crazy during a Friday afternoon forum titled "Trump the Race Card."

The goal of the session at the Conservative Political Action Conference, led by Black conservative KCarl Smith, was to teach party patriots how to shed their racist image by identifying themselves as Frederick Douglass Republicans. Instead, it prompted Scott Terry, a member of Towson University's White Students Union, to utter some rather shocking racist theories in which he defended both segregation and slavery.

First of all, Terry wasn't sold on the moniker Frederick Douglass Republicans, suggesting instead that Booker T. Washington Republicans, "united like the hand, but separate like the fingers," might be better.

And that wasn't the worst thing he said. When Smith referred to a letter in which Douglass forgave his former slave master, Terry said, "For what? Feeding and housing him?"

Sadly, he wasn't alone in this opinion, as evidenced by the cheers he received from some audience members and only a few jeers from others. After a heated exchange with an African-American woman who was outraged by his comments, Terry muttered "Why can't we just have segregation?"

The woman was repeatedly shouted down whenever she tried to ask a question or make a comment.

"We didn't come here for you!" a woman yelled at her.

Terry also said that Blacks should vote in Africa and would not say that slavery was wrong because that would be tantamount to throwing his Confederate ancestors under the bus. In addition, he believes that the Republican push to court minorities is taking the party in the wrong direction.

"It seems to me like you're reaching out to voters with the program that you're offering us at the expense of young white Southern males like myself my demographic," he said.

In a statement issued later that night, Smith said that he spoke with Terry in more detail about the Frederick Douglass Republicans message and they parted "as friends." The African-American woman, however, he said, was "disruptive and coercive."

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