Racist Republican Promotes Slavery & Segregation at CPAC

By Tim Peacock

Scott Terry from North Carolina
CPAC Participant Scott Terry

At the height of disagreement and turmoil in the Republican party post-November, the last thing the party needs is yet another reason for moderates to abandon the party; alas, it seems that extreme right conservatives just can’t leave well enough alone. During a CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) panel discussing race yesterday, 30-year-old audience member Scott Terry from North Carolina single-handedly set back the Republican movement to be more inclusive by decades. During the audience-participation-style discussion, Terry rose to ask a question and in the process defended segregation, slavery, and the subjugation of women. 

In his initial statement, Terry said that the efforts by the Republican party to reach out to different minorities in an attempt to be ‘diverse’ was a form of disenfranchisement and  the continued effort was only “at the expense of young, white, Southern males like myself.” “I think my demographic is being systematically disenfranchised,” he said.
The panel leader – K. Carl Smith (a Frederick Douglass Republican) – responded by bringing up the now famous letter abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass wrote to his former slave owner forgiving him for enslaving him. 
Instead of letting the discussion continue (as any rational, ettiquete-minded individual would have) Terry continued, “For giving him shelter and food? [referencing the forgiveness]” he asked. The room seemed to be divided between audible gasps and cheers of agreement. Later, Terry muttered under his breath, “Why can’t we just have segregation?”
ThinkProgress spoke with Terry after the panel and reported thereafter that:

ThinkProgress spoke with Terry, who sported a Rick Santorum sticker and attended CPAC with a friend who wore a Confederate Flag-emblazoned t-shirt, about his views after the panel. Terry maintained that white people have been “systematically disenfranchised” by federal legislation. 

When asked by ThinkProgress if he’d accept a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites, he said “I’d be fine with that.” He also claimed that African-Americans “should be allowed to vote in Africa,” and that “all the Tea Parties” were concerned with the same racial problems that he was.

At one point, a woman challenged him on the Republican Party’s roots, to which Terry responded, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”

Still not convinced? Here’s the video where Terry exemplifies every problem the Republican party is currently facing in keeping their current base happy while trying to bring in new blood:

UPDATE: And the racist has responded on his blog – not to apologize, but to defend his statements.

About Tim Peacock:
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he’s dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging – he’s been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In creating Peacock Panache, he’s combined two of his favorite hobbies: blogging and current events/politics. When not working here, Tim toils away at editing & rewriting the novels he’s completed over the years. You can read samples of his other work here.

You can find Tim elsewhere online at his personal website. You can also find him on LinkedIn as well as on Twitter as @timsimms

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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