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White Supremacist Rocks CPAC

A CPAC panel on GOP outreach to minorities was upended yesterday by a white supremacist who defended slavery and claimed that white people are being "disenfranchised" by the federal government. The man's comments, which were caught on video, has caused an uproar on right-wing blogs where commenters are predictably claiming that the man was planted by liberals in order to embarrass CPAC.  Think Progress reports:
The exchange occurred after an audience member from North Carolina, 30-year-old Scott Terry, asked whether Republicans could endorse races remaining separate but equal. After the presenter, K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, the audience member said “For what? For feeding him and housing him?” Several people in the audience cheered and applauded Terry’s outburst. After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?” noting the Constitution’s protections for freedom of association.
Think Progress notes that the man, who was wearing a Rick Santorum sticker, claims to be a "direct descendant" of Jefferson Davis. They caught up with him after the panel, which was ironically titled "Trumping The Race Card."
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.”
Here's the clip.

UPDATE: Terry is defending himself on his blog, Shotgun Barrel Straight.

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