Jesse LaGreca has a great post on the incident but I thought I'd do some digging this morning.
The gentleman who was escorted out by police was not a liberal, or even remotely left wing. The reason he was asking about the number of black folks at CPAC, is because he was offering to help his fellow conservatives reach out to black people. That was the reason he showed up at all.
This is the sort of thing he writes about:
New Era of Conservatism(c) = The Black ElectorateHis experience with CPAC didn't change his mind at all, it seems.
The New Era for Conservatism is now this is a great opportunity for the Black Electorate and the GOP. The Obama Era will come to an end and where will the Black Electorate go? What/Who will fill this void? Why not the GOP? Why not a New Era of Conservatism(c) not an abandonment of traditional values but a New Era with a new collection of conservatives with the same core values and principles! The opportunity is ripe for conservatives and the GOP to expand the equation of Conservatism. We need a new partner and alliance for America. The New Era of Conservatism(c)
CPAC : My StoryThis is why there aren't many active black conservatives in the Republican party. Any person of color who ever says that racism still might be a sight problem in the US is shouted down, unless he's making up conspiracy theories about how the democrats are really the evil ones with racist policies, and conservatives aren't racist at all.
I attended CPAC with an agenda to discover and engaged people on why conservatives have failed in their outreach efforts to attract Black Americans to the GOP, Tea Party and the Libertarian parties. My premise is straight forward I opine that wherever Black folks are in play and at risk we should be there to protect and advocate for our interests/agenda. I also opine that our presence and interaction with others will augment and enhance outcomes which serve the collective themes and interests of all parties. While I was circulating my flyer (A press release offering my services to assist in reaching out to Black Voters) I encountered some hostile and angry CPAC people. I did not have a camera crew . I was a lone Black man on a mission:-) My offer of help remains on the table.
All he had to do was ask a question: why aren't there more black people here? He wasn't asking it in the context of gotcha politics, he was asking it in the context of offering his services in helping to reach out to blacks.
And for that, for offering to help the republican party reach out to black people, the man was escorted out of the building by police.