BREAKING: CNN African-American Camerawoman racially attacked with nuts at RNC Convention, speaks

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UPDATE-August 20, 2012 @ 9:55 PM EDT

Talking Points Memo has posted a video on CNN Anchors Wolf Blitzer and Donna Brazile about the incident. View the video below.

The African-American Camerawoman had nuts threw at her and was told, “This is how we feed the animals at the Republican National Committee Convention in Tampa, FL on August 28th has detailed the vile attack to online media resource the Maynard Institute on Richard Prince’s Journal-isms.

Patricia Carroll, name of the CNN employee racially attacked, shared with Journal-isms that sadly, she was not surprised by actions that occurred on the primary Caucasian attendee Convention to her.

“This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South,” Carroll said to Journal-isms. “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.” 

What Patricia Carroll was doing was her job attending the RNC Convention as national media representative. CNN, Carroll’s employer issued the following statement on their ‘Political Ticker’ blog nearly 24 hours later after the racially motivated attack.

“Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after they threw nuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals.” 

Multiple witnesses observed the exchange and RNC security and police immediately removed the two people from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.  

The convention released a statement saying, “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.” 

CNN also acknowledged the incident, saying, “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”

Carroll stated to Journal-isms she feels CNN has provided support for the awful event that occurred to her at the RNC Convention, and perpetrators of the nut attack probably were surprised to see any African-Americans at their political gathering in Tampa, FL. According to the Huffington Post, author Baratunde Thurston said he’d counted only one hundred forty-three faces of color in the mix of thousands of GOP delegates and attendees.

From Richard Prince’s Journal-isms article:

She said she wanted to thank CNN, which “has been behind me 100 percent.” Although she was stationed on the floor next to Fox News, she was not operating the camera at the time. The perpetrators “didn’t know what I was doing. I happened to be standing there,” near one of the delegations. 

Carroll noted of the Republican convention, “There are not that many black women there.” 

Former MSNBC and Current TV correspondent David Shuster first reported the shameful incident that occurred to Carroll in a Tweet at 8:35 PM on Tuesday, August 28th.

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Shortly thereafter, left leaning citizen blogger sites Democratic Underground and Daily Kos notified readers of the melee which took place in Tampa. Online News resource Talking Points Memo, Washington & Huffington Post and Politico followed up on the initial information tweeted by Shuster and reported on Daily Kos and Democratic Underground.

Television Cable and Media networks MSNBC, ABC, CBS or NBC nearly two days after what occurred to Carroll, have yet to report any information on the melee at the RNC Convention, despite having many employees covering the event.

Video Update with CNN Anchors Wolf Blizter and Donna Brazile talking about the incident, to now named CNN employee Patricia Carroll:


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