Before Condoleezza Rice stood at the podium during the Republican National Convention and talked about civil rights, growing up in Alabama during Jim Crow, and how black students are subjected to failing public schools, her mean-spirited GOP brethren were busy spewing racial hate toward an African-American camerawoman who was working for CNN.

Two white people who were attending the GOP convention had to be removed from the building in Tampa after they threw peanuts at Patricia Carroll, the black CNN camera operator, and shouted, “This is how we feed animals.”

I’m not shocked by the racism within the convention hall since many white conservatives these days can’t seem to hide their disdain for black Americans, but I’m still deeply offended.

Carroll, to her credit, was poised and philosophical after the incident on Tuesday.

"I hate that it happened,” Carroll told Richard Prince, who writes a diversity column, “Journal-isms”, for the Maynard Institute, “but I'm not surprised at all."

"This is Florida, and I'm from the Deep South," said Carroll, a 34-year-old from Alabama. "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."

And she offered this observation about the GOP convention:  "There are not that many black women there."

Republicans, and black conservatives in particular, are hypocrites. While black folks like Rice seem comfortable promoting the flawed ideology of the Republican Party and falsely claiming the GOP embraces racial diversity, black Republicans were suspiciously silent after some perhaps watched the nut-throwing incident aimed at Carroll.

This deplorable, disgusting and bigoted behavior reminds me of Ota Benga, the freed African from the Congo who was brought to the United States in 1906 and put on public display at the Bronx Zoo as a controversial human exhibit.

A dear friend, Pamela Newkirk, a journalism professor at New York University, is writing a book about Ota Benga's life and the insane racism that permeated New York during that era. Ota Benga, who was actually treated like an animal in the zoo, became depressed and committed suicide in 1916. He was 32.

Today, 106 years after Ota Benga was locked in a cage, emasculated, and teased by white tourists, white Republicans are still humiliating black people. But this time the racism is taking place at the Republican National Convention 67 days before Americans go to the polls to elect the next president of the United States.

"I can't change these people's hearts and minds," Carroll told Prince. "No, it doesn't feel good. But I know who I am. I'm a proud black woman. A lot of black people are upset. This should be a wake-up call to black people. . . . People were living in euphoria for a while. People think we've gone further than we have."

So where is the outrage from black Republicans?

In my view, if they’re not part of the solution, then they’re part of the problem. They prefer to condone racial hatred toward other black Americans through their silence yet they blame President Barack Obama, the nation’s first black commander-in-chief, for everything imaginable.

And still, black conservatives talk about discrimination as if it’s a thing of the past while racial incidents like Tuesday’s lunacy are happening just steps away from them.

“And on a personal note: a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham, the most segregated big city in America, her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant, but they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, she can be President of the United States and she becomes the Secretary of State,” Rice told the predominantly white audience in Tampa this week.

“We need to have high standards for our students. Self-esteem comes from achievement not from lax standards and false praise,” Rice said. “And we need to give parents greater choice, particularly poor parents whose kids – most often minorities, are trapped in failing neighborhood schools.  This is the civil rights struggle of our day.”

For Carroll, who was pelted with peanuts by bigots, this was her personal civil rights struggle of the moment , an incident that should have resonated with Rice since both women were raised in Alabama and are innately familiar with discrimination in the Deep South.

It’s too bad that black Republicans like Rice, who speak in intellectual terms about racial inclusion, couldn’t muster the courage to stand with Carroll who became an easy target for cowardly Republican racists simply because she was doing her job while black.


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11 thoughts on “Going Nuts

  1. Everything I have read so far regarding this detestable incident, have been over the top. Please tell me you are limiting this kind of hateful speech to yourself, and you are not passing this on to the next generation.

  2. FTSMITH on said:

    This should show Black voters that Mitt and company will do the same thing that Dubya did-give us the shaft. I’m glad however, that there are decent White Americans, that do not act like these ‘haters’.

  3. Jacquelynn4 on said:

    Condoleeza speaks well, but her words and loyalties are wasted on the wrong audience. The Republicans hate her as much as the camerawoman who the peanuts were thrown at, and yes, I would like to know the names of these ignorant clowns, too. I agree that we do have a right to know. Tell the truth and shame the devil. Black Republicans are delusional. We’re hated just as much today as we ever were, and for them to blindly choose not to see that is evidence that they are looking through rose-colored glasses.

  4. I call on all people of good will to demand the names of the two that were put out. We have the right to know as Americans. Please keep in mind the fact that you can only get into the Republican National Convention if you are on the list.

  5. We all don’t know Condoleezza Rice might be {The Spook That Sat By The Door}. At night she might be going into the hoods and teaching the black gang members the ways of the Government gorilla warfare tactics, military strategy, military logistics, how to use and maintain weapons, how to build bombs from home made materials, the art of Ambushes and how to take down towns. Don’t sleep on Condi. β€œYa Right

  6. jimmyg on said:

    Folks,this is another example of that subtle racism that is like a festering cancer cell which won’t go away.Those red necks still think of black folks as animals which allowed them to rob our folks of all their civil rights.We see clearly that attitude has not changed.But we are those decendents that lived and survived much worse than name calling.And we got a few names for them red necks who stole our folks freedom.And we found out for sure that them red necks ain’t nothing but mere mortals,who will have to bow down to that king of eternity,just like every mere mortal living.Run ,run,run real fast and tell that to all red necks…

  7. krimechanical on said:

    I still don’t understand how black people think racism is over, we cannot uplift our own black people ( Condi) and expect other people to. Those ignorant people are not all white people, just like all black people are not Democrats, I feel that these statements are another excuse that most black people use when they are confronted with right and wrong. Being black is not a religon although many of us treat it like it is. This is a free country if a person hates white people that much leave. Africa is beautiful and has all the resources we do here. If not then listen to Condi and understand everyone doesn’t want you to prevail, but it is not about what they want, its about what you want.

  8. We know that a worm that crawls on the ground in the form of a grass-eating caterpillar very soon wraps itself into a cocoon and transforms, emerging from a distasteful state as a slimy, hairy worm to become a creature capable of flying with celestial beauty. Transformation is a process which characterizes the entirety of the universe around us and it is an implicit part of the human possibility. The only difference is that the caterpillar will either have to become a butterfly or die. One of the things about the larva of the bee is that it either has to become a bee or die. One of the interesting things about the human being is that he can stay a worm forever and appear to be a thriving form of life. We never have to become human butterflies to appear alive in this world. One of the things that is unique about the human being is that he has an option that either he will be or not be. If he chooses not to be he can die proudly as a slimy, hairy worm. A lot of people in this country have taken the option not to be.

  9. Just want to be free of pain on said:

    I am so sick of this crap they treat us so bad and then when we speak up we become the topic of the problem…ONE DAY THEY ARE GOING TO SLAP US AND THIS TIME WE AINT TURNING THE OTHER ,,,,WE GETTING IN THAT ASS……………………..

  10. navi12 on said:

    The GOP would tend to treat what happened to Patricia Carroll as an “isolated incident”. Next thing the GOP would do is to point to and hold Condoleeza Rice out as to how “diverse” they are. Those white people who threw the peanuts at Carroll were ushered out of the convention with the quickness. Whew! Dodged a bullet, heaven forbid if NBC or CBS had gotten footage of what those knot heads did. Mitt Romney would have to kiss the election goodbye.

  11. Just want to be free of pain on said:

    Disdain for black Americans is a problem that has always been here,,the amount of disrespect given to our current President is shameful and for white people to show their asses at the RNC is a clear example of how bad it is..i mean shit from Clint Eastwood acting a ass last nite with the whole empty chair thing I mean come’em…..THE DAY WILL COME WHITE PEOPLE WHEN YOU WILL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Disdain for black Americans

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