|CPAC Participant Scott Terry|
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.