Remember our piece with Baratunde Thurston talking about the Countdown to 2042? He touched on the possible negative backlash of the traditional majority becoming “another cat in the woods”. Well during a CPAC event for Racial Tolerance, an preview of such possible backlash reared its ugly head. Now the ‘disenfranchised’ whites may be supporters of the Confederacy, but they do seem to be aware of the shift. Were they wrong in their approach? Hit the jump for a few details.
“Look, you know there’s no doubt the white males are getting really beat up right now, it’s unfair,” she said. “I agree with that. My husband’s one of them. But I don’t think there’s a clear understanding about what really is going on. He needs to read Frederick Douglass and I think that question should be asked to everyone in this room who is debating.”
Another white participant, Jeremy Kohn, got into a respectful discussion with Brown afterwards about the history of slavery and whether the party had a race problem. Brown explained why, after attending several CPACs, she had felt compelled to raise the issue that day.
“I just felt honestly black Americans have a lot in common with conservatives, the problem is your language and the way you — not you as an individual, you as a movement — the way racist language is overlooked,” she said.”
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