Patricia Carroll, Black CNN Camerawoman, Speaks Out On RNC Controversy, Says 'I'm Not Surprised'

 @CareyDrew2 on August 30 2012 2:30 PM
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Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman who had nuts thrown at her at the Republican National Convention is speaking out on the incident which resulted in the ejection of two disruptive convention attendees on Wednesday. Reuters

Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman who had nuts thrown at her at the Republican National Convention is speaking out on the incident which resulted in the ejection of two disruptive convention attendees on Wednesday.

 Carroll, a black 34-year-old female, told journalist Richard Prince of the Maynard Institute that she is "not surprised" that it happened.

"This is Florida, and I'm from the Deep South," Carroll said. "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."

The CNN camerawoman was shooting footage for the highly publicized Republican National Convention taking place inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Tuesday when two RNC attendees threw nuts at her and said: "This is how we feed animals."

The incident made headlines when the two unidentified people were immediately removed from the forum and were later ejected from the convention, according to media reports.

According to Carroll, CNN has supported her throughout the ordeal, which she said "could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue."

The event is seemingly a wake-up call, Carroll went on to say of the incident. "People were living in euphoria for a while," she told Prince. "People think we've gone further than we have."

Even more headlines came out of the RNC later that day when vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took the stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Fox News columnist Sally Kohn described Ryan's controversial speech as "an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech."

"On this measure, while it was Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold," Kohn added.

The verbal blows were in reference to Ryan's speech in which he blamed President Obama for the shutdown of a General Motors plant in Janesville, Wis., that actually was closed during the Bush administration.

Kohn also attacked Ryan for pinning the blame for S&P's downgrade of U.S. debt on Obama, when Republicans in Congress helped precipitate the downgrade by threatening to refuse to raise the debt ceiling.

"The good news is that the Romney-Ryan campaign has likely created dozens of new jobs among the legions of additional fact checkers that media outlets are rushing to hire to sift through the mountain of cow dung that flowed from Ryan's mouth," Kohn wrote.

Thursday, Aug. 30, is the last day of the Republican National Convention.

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