Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman who was assaulted and called an animal at the RNC in Tampa last Tuesday, is speaking out. In a telephone interview featured by the Maynard Institute, Carroll noted that she hated what she was subjected to, but she was “not surprised at all.” Carroll, does not want her situation to be used for political advantage, also said, “This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue.”
As a person of color she’s right in acknowledging that racism is global; and, that the incident could have happened anywhere. However, to suggest that someone could have thrown peanuts at her and call her an “animal,” at the DNC like they did at the Republican convention is, well, sorta-kinda out there for me — personally, I think she was trying to remain as politically neutral.
According to this:
Carroll said no one took the names of the attendees who threw peanuts at her Tuesday on the convention floor and told her, “This is what we feed animals.” She alerted fellow camera operators, producers and CNN security. The head of the delegation — she was not certain of the state — told her the perpetrators must have been alternates, not delegates.
But Carroll, 34, said that as an Alabama native, she was not surprised. “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.”
Carroll noted of the Republican convention, “There are not that many black women there.”
She said she wanted to thank CNN, which “has been behind me 100 percent.” Although she was stationed on the floor next to Fox News, the perpetrators “didn’t know what I was doing. I happened to be standing there,” near one of the delegations.
“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 said she had received many requests for interviews and was in meetings most of Wednesday. “I was hoping this story would go away,” she said. “I’m not interested in talking to any other media about this.”
I’m not suggesting that their aren’t any racist Democrats; nor am I suggesting that there will be none in attendance at the Democratic convention in North Carolina next week. However, this is in fact the GOP we’re talking about here — a party that isn’t as welcoming to minorities even when it’s their own. Case in point, check out the following video to see what they did to a Republican delegate from Puerto Rico the same day Carroll was assaulted. This is the Republican Party; this is who they are. After all, this is the same party South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham who said the following belongs to: “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”
Kinda funny how they can embrace Condi Rice the way they do.