Thursday, August 30, 2012
Patricia Carroll is the CNN camerawoman who was assaulted with peanuts and called an animal by two folks at the RNC Convention. She has decided to speak out about the incident, but she doesn't want to make this a political issue.
Carroll, who agreed to be named for the first time, said she does not want her situation to be used for political advantage. "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.She has said that CNN has been 100% supportive and the convention spokesman Kyle Downey was ashamed of this incident.
Carroll said no one took the names of the attendees who threw peanuts at her Tuesday on the convention floor and told her, "This is what we feed animals." She alerted fellow camera operators, producers and CNN security. The head of the delegation — she was not certain of the state — told her the perpetrators must have been alternates, not delegates.
But Carroll, 34, said that as an Alabama native, she was not surprised. "This is Florida, and I'm from the Deep South," she 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."