The CNN camerawoman who was pelted with nuts by two RNC attendees earlier this week and allegedly told “this is how we feed animals” has come forward and says she was not surprised to be treated in such a way at the Republican National Convention (RNC).
The CNN camerawoman’s name is Patricia Carroll, and Carroll explains that such treatment is not outside her range of experiences in the South where she’s from. The CNN camerawoman is still displeased to be at the center of the controversial incident, but she doesn’t seem to feel that the open racism she was on the receiving end of is unexpected in certain areas of the US.
“I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all… This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South,” she told the blog. “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.”
Gawker explains that the CNN camerawoman does not plan a media blitz after the event, saying she would speak once on record and no more. But she also said that CNN has been supportive, despite the fact the network has downplayed the incident:
“Carroll says that, while she herself won’t be granting any additional interviews, she hopes her ordeal will serve as a “wake-up call” to black people. ‘People were living in euphoria for a while,” she said. ‘People think we’re gone further than we have.’”
Are you surprised such an incident came to pass involving the CNN camerawoman given the current racial climate in America?