You can’t spell classy without “assy.”
The National Federation of Republican Women had their annual meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, and decided to celebrate the event with a costume party because who doesn’t love a costume party? Probably the two Negroes who were hired to wear antebellum high fashion — you know… slave gear — and whomever was sold whatever the deal was with the LIVE AUCTION1 [see update below]:
Looks like fun, don’t it?
The National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) held its annual fall Board of Directors meeting in Charleston, S.C. last weekend – a decision the organization is likely regretting after several controversial pictures from one of the meeting’s sponsored events began surfacing on the internet.
The event in question – dubbed “A Southern Experience” – was held last Friday evening at the Country Club of Charleston. Hosted by the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women, it was included on the national conference’s official itinerary.
In addition to McConnell, S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford attended (and spoke at) the event – although it was not listed on his weekly public schedule. S.C. Republican Attorney General nominee Alan Wilson also attended.
Invited speakers to the NFRW conference included U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Rep. Joe Wilson, House Speaker Bobby Harrell, former U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins and GOP gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley.
South Carolina Senate President Glenn McConnell (he’s the white dude in the photo up there) defended the party:
“Tell me what is offensive about having the differing parts of the culture there? What are we going to try and do in America, sanitize history?” McConnell said today from his office in the Statehouse. His office is decorated with memorabilia from his re-enactments of the Civil War, along with a law library and mementos such as a ceramic bust of Ronald Reagan and a figurine of a Boston Terrier.
“What the ladies had put together was a smorgasbord of Southern culture,” McConnell said. “It was reflected in the dress, the historical accuracy of the performances and even down to the food. It was a wonderful, entertaining and educational night for those visitors. It showed the approach we have in this state of a shared history.
… If somebody is trying to be politically correct and use a tunnel vision on it and hook in the slavery issue, they’re on a slippery slope toward narrow-mindedness and they should extend the charity of understanding. Receive it in the spirit that it is presented.”2
Um, jackass? Your state is home to:
- Joe Wilson, the representative who yelled “You lie!” at Obama during Obama’s big health care speech last year;
- Jake Knotts, a former gubernatorial candidate who called GOP gubernatorial frontrunner Nikki Haley “raghead”; and
- Rusty Pass, some GOP nitwit who recently joked that a gorilla which had escaped from the zoo was “one of Michelle [Obama]‘s ancestors.”
I’m pretty sure we’re taking it in “the spirit that it is presented.”
As for the two black people pictured, Frank and Sharon Murray:
Sharon Murray said she and her husband were neither portraying freedmen nor slaves. They were “21st century adults” who were trying to educate and entertain the women at the convention, she said. The couple was paid for their time but Murray declined to say how much.
“My husband and I are preservationists,” Murray said. “We teach people about the Gullah culture.”
Mmmhmm. I get it. Times are tough. You needed the money.
Wow. They even let you play the washboards.
1 Wonkette has a link to the brochure for this event, which included a live auction. Yep. A live auction. Ain’t that the cream in this WTF!? twinkie?
2 You can read more about this Glenn McConnell character and his South Carolina-style fuckery at FitsNews.
[Update: Someone told me in a comments thread at Pajiba that it was a live auction as opposed to a silent auction. ::shrug:: My bad? I guess? I can't find anymore information on the Googlez about it. I admit that I did a double-take when I read the Wonkette post, but I ran with it. So, I've edited the post. Either way, this shit is racist and it's bananas.]