Look Away! Dixie Land: S.C. Republicans Mingle With ‘Slaves’
September 15, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—What is the favorite pastime of folks in the old South? Longing for the good ol’ days of the Confederacy, when black folks were enslaved and good Southern boys screeched their “Rebel Yell,” while fighting the no-account Yankees. Gentlemen also enjoy playing Confederate soldier dress-up with their Southern belles decked out in hoop skirts. A bunch of Republican women and a state lawmaker in South Carolina, went all out last weekend with their Confederacy shindig, “A Southern Experience,” by hiring actors to portray “slaves” to mingle for picture taking with the guests. As you would expect, the event and the accompanying “slave” photos are drawing attention, particularly for S.C. Senate President Glenn McConnell, who is prominently featured in a photo wearing the uniform of a Confederate general flanked by actors dressed as “slaves.”
The Confederacy event was sponsored by the National Federation of Republican Women last weekend, as part of its fall board of directors meeting in Charleston.
Will Folks at FitsNews has the story and a number of photos from the “Antebellum” event that were found hiding in plain sight on Facebook:
The event in question – dubbed “The 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 Majority 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.
The black actors dressed as “slaves,” were presumably the evening’s entertainment, listed on the group’s brochure, as “Gullah storyteller and singers.”
Still, did it occur to these Republican women and white politicians, calling for “taking our country back” that the optics, at the very least, would raise a few eyebrows?