African American Camerawoman Speaks Out About Harassment At RNC

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African American CNN Camerawoman Speaks Out About “Peanut” Incident

The African American camerawoman who was harassed by two white attendees at the Republican National Convention recently spoke about racism and the ‘deep south.’ Patricia Carroll, 36, said the incident was disheartening and that it should serve as a wake-up call to black people. “I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all,” Carroll said. “This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South. 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.” On Tuesday, two attendees at the Republican National Convention were removed for throwing peanuts at Carroll while saying to her, “This is how we feed animals.”

I can’t change these people’s hearts and minds,” Carroll added. “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’re gone further than we have.” Carroll also mentioned spotting few faces of color in the crowd. Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee, said that in 2008, there were only 36 black delegates of the 2,000 in attendance, and that the GOP needed to do a better job of welcoming people of color. “The proof is in the numbers,” Steele said.

The convention’s organizers condemned the incident, saying, “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.” Goldie Taylor of MSNBC commends Carroll and challenges the RNC to do more about racism. “That young woman did the right thing. She held her head up and she did her job. She reported the assault — and it was an assault — to the RNC and they ejected the delegates,” she continued, “...when people raise voices of racial animus, not just the dog whistle, but the bull-horn, I wish that they would step up more often, and I’m glad they did in this incident.”