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Racism and the RNC

By August 31, 2012Articles, blog

A black CNN camerawoman was targeted in a racially-charged incident at the Republican National Convention earlier this week has come forward, saying she is “not surprised” it happened. Patricia Carroll, 34, was pelted with peanuts on the convention floor Tuesday by two alternate GOP delegates who said, “This is what we feed animals.”

It was reported that the “attendee” was ejected from the RCN for the incident……

Carroll revealed her name to a reporter with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education after the story made headlines.

“I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all,” said Carroll, an Alabama native.

“This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South,” she said. “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.”

While Carroll said the racist incident could have happened anywhere, she acknowledged she stood out at the RNC.

“There are not that many black women there,” she said.

But she told the Maynard Institute that she doesn’t want the incident to be used to score a political point.

“This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner,” she said.

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