Netroots Nation is an annual gathering of far-left activists and bloggers, the so-called tolerant among us who pride themselves on their diversity.
This year’s convention, held in San Jose, Calif., drew to a close Sunday with black activists in attendance having “blasted organizers for what they described as a shocking “lack of diversity,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.
During a “rowdy discussion” Saturday afternoon with a panel of prominent black female activists, Free Beacon noted, a black audience member said: “I want to touch on the lack of diversity at Netroots Nation.” The remark that was met with wild applause and cheers.
Cheryl Contee, a Netroots board member who founded Jack and Jill Politics, a political hub for black activists, responded that “it used to be worse.”
“For the past two days I’ve been one of a sprinkling of minorities floating in a sea of young white people,” a blogger for LA Progressive, Sharon Kyle, wrote in a post titled, “Netroots Nation Lacks Diversity.”
Kyle, a member of the conference’s panel selection committee, said, “Although Netroots touts itself as being an incubator for ideas that challenge the status quo, judging from the racial make-up of the NN13 attendees, lack of diversity is one status quo that didn’t seem to be challenged enough.”
Twitter user Sirius U. Guise also noted the lack of minorities in a snarky tweet Saturday evening, according to Free Beacon:
— Sirius U. Guise (@vermontaigne) June 23, 2013
Ironically, as a picture of recently fired cooking star Paula Deen appeared on the screen — Deen recently acknowledged using the “n-word” in the past — Contee said to attendees: “We all know now that Paula Deen has been outed as a big ol ‘Dixie Time racist.”
But no one mentioned that Deen is a supporter of President Barack Obama who campaigned for the president in 2008, as the panelists segued into what they described as the GOPs problem with the black community.
Thus, the false narrative of the Republican Party being a party of racists is reinforced by those who find that they are minorities floating in a sea of white Democrats.
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