North Carolina resident Scott Terry's pro-slavery and segregationist remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday have been widely reported. At a panel discussion on GOP minority outreach the 30-year-old Terry defended slavery for feeding and housing slaves and expressed a wish to return to segregation (see video below). In an interview with Think Progress following the panel, Terry claimed that white people have been "systematically disenfranchised" by federal legislation; that he would be happy to live in a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites; and that African Americans should vote in Africa rather than in the United States.
As Think Progress notes, Terry was also wearing a sticker identifying him as a supporter of Rick Santorum, and attended the panel with a friend who wore a Confederate Flag-emblazoned t-shirt. Mr. Terry's companion at CPAC was identified by Talking Points Memo and The Atlantic Wire as Matthew Heimbach, founder of the White Students Union at Towson University in Maryland and described as a “white nationalist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (see also Huffington Post). Heimbach's activities at Towson and his association with neo-Confederate hate groups are detailed by SPLC. An audio interview conducted by Heimbach with Scott Terry is available at far-right Counter-Currents Publishing. Mr. Heimbach is shown here at CPAC with his Patriot Voices badge, Confederate flag, and George Wallace campaign button courtesy of The Atlantic Wire, which also identifies Scott Terry as a member of the White Students Union at Towson:
It might be interesting to see what Patriot Voices thinks of being represented at CPAC by white nationalists such as Scott Terry and Matthew Heimbach. The Patriot Voices national organization may be contacted here for comment, via Twitter (@Patriot_Voices), or via Facebook. The Maryland chapter of Patriot Voices may be contacted here for comment, via Twitter (@TeamSantorumMD), or via Facebook. The North Carolina chapter of Patriot Voices may be contacted here for comment, via Twitter (@TeamSantorumNC), or via Facebook. The Twitter and Facebook accounts for Patriot Voices in Maryland and North Carolina indicate a close relationship with the Rick Santorum presidential campaign, and Patriot Voices co-chairs in both states have served as officers for the Santorum campaign. Indeed, Patriot Voices seems to be little more than an arm of the ongoing Santorum campaign.
I've already contacted Patriot Voices to ask for their thoughts on being represented at CPAC by white nationalists who support slavery and segregation, and I encourage you to do likewise. Let's see if we can force a response from them.
A North Carolina resident named Scott Terry has also blogged at Faith & Heritage, a white Christian nationalist website dedicated to "presenting the views of Occidental Christians who are determined to preserve both Western Civilization and Western Peoples." Depending on how many politically-active white supremacists named Scott Terry there are in North Carolina, this may be the same Scott Terry who defended slavery and segregation at CPAC. Scott Terry at CPAC claimed to have studied literature and history, and Scott Terry at Faith & Heritage identifies himself as a student pursuing a degree in philosophy and English (see also Lawyers, Guns, & Money).
Conservatives are now pushing the idea that Scott Terry was a "troll" used by the liberal media to discredit CPAC. Terry's likely blogging activities at Faith & Heritage, his association with Matthew Heimbach, and his association with Patriot Voices should help dispell any notions that he was merely a "liberal troll" seeking to make conservatives at CPAC look like a bunch of raging bigots (which of course they are).