Today is scheduled to be a big day at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fl. The party, which is often accused of being focused too much on what white men are interested in, has a day of diversity scheduled. The party has worked to reach out to both minorities and women, and today's speakers include South Carolina Gov., Nikki Haley, an Indian-American woman; former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis, an African-American; and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American.
So it comes off as a black eye for the convention that two individuals were ejected for throwing peanuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and yelling, "This is how we feed animals." Both the RNC and CNN have confirmed the story, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior," read an RNC statement. "Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated."
Now, I'm not interested in getting a big political debate here. We all have our individual beliefs and they don't always meet in a happy place. With that said, if you have hate for some group - be they Muslim, Christian, white, black, woman, homosexual, whatever - your party's national convention is probably not the best place to showcase it. There is a stereotype of how Republicans feel towards African Americans that, in my experiences, isn't true.
But instances like this just reinforce in the mind of some that this is how the entire party feels. And that's a shame, for everyone involved.