Members of Towson University’s “White Student Union” defended slavery and segregation at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.
K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans was giving a presentation on GOP efforts to connect with minorities.
A member of the student union – Scott Terry – stood up and challenged him on the inclusion of Blacks in the GOP.
As seen in the video, Smith responds by citing a letter Frederick Douglass wrote in which he forgave his former owner. Terry interrupted and said, “For what? For feeding him and housing him?” Several people in the audience gasp, though ThinkProgress notes there are also cheers. Terry muttered, “Why can’t we just have segregation?” after the exchange, ThinkProgress reported.
When Smith mentioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Atlantic Wire reports, White Student Union “founder and commander” Matthew Heimbach interrupted that King was a “Marxist,” and consequently not welcome.
Terry says his comments were taken out of context.
Watch footage of the exchange below:
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