Last night, during the Republican National Convention, two attendees were thrown out of the convention after insulting and throwing peanuts at a black CNN camerawoman.
Take Action Journalist David Shuster tweeted:
That tweet has been retweeted 7,900 times and CNN posted a story online confirming the incident saying:
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.”
It’s unclear why the woman was the target of the peanuts. Some were saying it was because of her affiliation with CNN and the fact that many members of the GOP believe that CNN leans liberal. However, considering the GOP’s current anti-black reputation (underscored by the fact that a poll showed Mitt Romney has zero percent of the black vote), most believe this attack was racially motivated.
No one is saying whether or not the culprits were delegates or attending the convention in some other capacity — nor why they brought peanuts to the RNC in the first place. Oddly, neither the peanut throwers nor the camerawoman have been identified as of yet. It’s not as though nobody knows who was involved. Both the RNC and CNN know exactly who was involved and are mysteriously choosing not to publish that information. In fact, CNN probably told the camerawoman not to come forward despite the incident being a hot topic today. Maybe the network has its reasons that reason knows nothing about.
I guess it doesn’t matter who was involved anyway. We know where we’re at as a country and unfortunately a black woman being harassed at the GOP convention is not surprising at all.
What do you think about this story? Do you think the public should know who was involved? Do you think the peanut throwing was racially motivated?
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