“Well Zandar,” The Universe said. “As a black man active in politics and punditry, why do you believe that the GOP efforts to include more black voters has largely been ineffective?”
“I’m not sure,” I replied. “It may have something to do with nonsense such as this.”
A panel at the Conservative Political Action Committee on Republican minority outreach exploded into controversy on Friday afternoon, after an audience member defended slavery as good for African-Americans.
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.
“Well Higgs my bosons!” The Universe stammered, clearly taken aback. “You seem to have a rather valid point there.”
And with that, The Universe slouched off, dejected. I felt badly about the whole affair, but then I remembered that I have food and housing and I’m only metaphorically shackled and beaten for it on a daily basis.
[UPDATE] Via the comments, and the man in the corner said “Boy, I’m gonna warn ya” and it turned into a ballroom blitz. BALLROOM BLITZ!