CNN camerawoman assaulted at RNC: “Racism is a global issue”

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Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman who was assaulted (and that’s the best word to describe it) at the Republican National Convention said she does not want to see the incident used for political purposes.

“This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue,” she said by telephone from Tampa in an interview with Richard Prince of the Maynard Institute.

“I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all,” she said. “This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South. 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.”

Don’t look for Carroll to appear on any cable TV talk shows anytime soon. “I’m not interested in talking to any other media about this,” Carroll said.

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