One of the panel discussions at CPAC last week focused on how the Republican Party could more effectively reach out to minority voters. It featured K. Carl Smith of the Frederick Douglass Republicans, but one of the audience members, who claims to be a descendant of Jefferson Davis, showed exactly why the GOP has such a problem reaching black voters. Watch this video:
ThinkProgress interviewed the guy afterward:
After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?” noting the Constitution’s protections for freedom of association…
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.”
Gosh, I can’t imagine why black and women voters wouldn’t want to associate with that guy, can you?