Sunday, March 17, 2013

C-PAC: Minority outreach doesn't go according to plan (Video)

From ThinkProgress
If you listened to our show today, you heard us discussing the CPAC's minority outreach event called "Trump the Race Card: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist and You Know You're Not One?"  The event was moderated by K.C. Smith and KCarl Smith, two brothers who call themselves "Frederick Douglass Republicans" and believe in cooning for white conservatives that, "[They] are people who champion the LIFE-EMPOWERING values of Douglass: (1) Respect for the Constitution; (2) Respect for Life; (3) Belief in Limited Government; and (4) Belief in Personal Responsibility. A "black, dyed in the wool Republican” Frederick Douglass was the quintessential conservative Republican. Having served as the catalyst within the Abolitionist Movement, which gave birth to the Republican Party and ended slavery, Douglass’ political views align with the beliefs of the Founding Fathers"

Interesting, wouldn't you say?  What would today's republican party think about the federal government "overreaching" and ending segregation or suspending hebeas corpus of some citizens (KKK)?  Both were ideals that Douglass supported.  Would Douglass, who said, "A man's rights rest in three boxes.  The ballot box, jury box and the cartridge box.  Let no man be kept from the ballot box because of his color.  Let no woman be kept from the ballot box because of her sex", support the most recent efforts to suppress voting rights?  Probably not.  However, I am quit sure they would NOT approve of his "pal'n around with terrorists."

Regardless, the session went slightly off course when a White Nationalist stood up and asked why we can't have segregation.  It took a turn for the worst when one of the moderators said that Douglass wrote a letter of "forgiveness" o his former slave master; which the White Nationalist responded, “For what? For feeding him and housing him?” He went on to say that slavery benefited black people.

As if that weren't enough, the session included the crowd turning on a black woman with a liberal view, and other black conservatives berating black liberals.  In the end, I think I'm can safely say that the Conservative Right did very little to advance their message of inclusion.  

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