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.
One of the pictures shows S.C. Senate President Glenn McConnell - who FITS readers will recall enjoys dressing up as a Confederate General - posing in his Rebel garb with a pair of African-Americans dressed in, um, "antebellum" attire.
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.
The post goes on to say that Governor Mark Sanford attended and spoke at the event. Other invited speakers to the NFRW conference were 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. However, it was not known whether or not any of them attended the "Southern Experience."
Fits News has more pictures posted on its site.
Accuse me of political correctness all you want, but I highly question the good taste behind deciding to hold this event.
But in a state where the Confederate flag hangs at the State House and where there also resides a statue devoted to an "unashamed" racist (Ben "Pitchfork" Tillman) who proudly bragged about using violence to keep African-Americans disenfranchised, what else can you expect?