CPAC Uses Clip Art of Minorities in Stage Backdrop

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March 14 2013 9:34 AM

CPAC Uses Clip Art of Minorities in Stage Backdrop

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Rep. Allen West (R-FL) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol December 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.

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One of the first speeches at CPAC came from former Rep. Allen West, a black conservative who delighted—and delights—in telling liberals they patronize and misunderstand blacks. "I know from personal experience," he said, that nothing on earth scares the left like a black American who can "think independently."

Behind West: A seven-panel display, paying tribute to decades of conservatism and conservative heroes. Strangely missing from the display: Any black conservatives. From the left, in my pic below, you can see (first panel) William F. Buckley, Phyllis Schlafly, and Ron Paul supporter; and (second panel) former American Conservative Union President David Keene, above... clip art. That's clip art of a smiling black guy talking to an Asian woman.

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As one's eyes travel across the display, they can see Jesse Helms, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan. The conservative who pointed this out to me wondered why CPAC didn't just grab a pic of Herman Cain or Mia Love or—hey, Allen West!

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.