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The black CNN camerawoman who had nuts thrown at her at the Republican National Convention said she's "not surprised" by the incident.
"This is Florida, and I'm from the Deep South," Alabama native Patricia Carroll told journalist Richard Prince of the Maynard Institute. "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."
Carroll, 34, was doing her job inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Tuesday when two RNC attendees threw nuts at her and said: "This is how we feed animals." They were immediately removed from the forum and were later ejected from the convention, according to media reports.
Carroll said CNN has supported her throughout. And she told Prince that this "could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue."
This should be a wake-up call, she said.
"People were living in euphoria for a while," she told Prince. "People think we've gone further than we have."