(members of Towson University's White Student Union, Scott Terry (l) and Matthew Heimbach (r))
I am a huge fan of the big conservative meet-up CPAC, or as I like to think of it, "The Right Wing Freak Show."
It took place last week at National Harbor, MD as a laundry list of big names in the Republican Party convened to address and toss red meat to their right wing base (interestingly, I'd always thought of CPAC as extreme right wing, but I've read more than a few reports this year that describe the conference as center-right - it's pretty unnerving to think the baseline may have shifted so far right that CPAC is no longer considered far right).
But it was at a CPAC panel called "Trump the Race Card: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist and You Know You're Not One?" where Towson University students were able to peel away the false mask of racial tolerance and reveal the Republican and Tea Party's true feelings about minorities.
Incidentally, if you feel the need to have a panel called "Trump the Race Card: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist and You Know You're Not One?", you might be a racist.
If you're sick of being called a racist, stop saying and doing racist things, and stop supporting racist policies.
But as the quotes below reveal, despite a mainstream media narrative that inexplicably and incorrectly seems to assert that the Republican Party recognizes it has to change (it doesn't, it just feels like it needs to better state its message - aka apply a new coat of paint to the same rotten policies) there is a new breed of Republicans who are looking to embrace racism and seem to think they are being unfairly victimized for it.
During the panel, Scott Terry (according to Think Progress, a member of Towson University's White Student Union) suggested that slaves should have been grateful to their masters for feeding and housing them.
He then called for party segregation by offering that the races within the Republican Party should be "united like the hand, but separate like the fingers."
Terry later got right to the point by asking, “Why can’t we just have segregation?”
He also said he'd be comfortable with a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites and said that all Tea Partiers shared the same racial concerns.
But lest we think his backwards attitudes were directed just at non-whites, when he was challenged by a woman at the panel, he said "I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public."
Matthew Heimbach, the Imperial Wiz... er, head of Towson's White Student Union, also attended the panel. In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, he bemoaned: “Diversity is not a strength,” and “We’re being displaced from our own country.”
The Sun also reported that, according the group's website, "Members ... recently attended a Latin Mass before heading to a gun range for 'tactical firearms training,' and plan to start campus patrols at Towson University."
So there's that: The new face of the next generation of Republicans - armed segregationists patrolling our college campuses.
Expect these students to have a long career in Republican politics.