I headed down to MSNBC’s outdoor stage earlier today with my friends Brandon Darby, Lee Stranahan and Tabitha Hale. I had with me a crudely made sign: Black, Conservative and voting for Romney. We made our way toward the stage, but only after determining there was no show in progress. We did not want to interrupt a broadcast, only display the sign and gage the reactions of people. I pulled out the sign and held it above my head. I did not speak, I did not shout, I did not make a scene. Tabitha had just enough time to snap this picture before a security guard came and asked us to leave.
He said I was not allowed to have the sign there. I offered to put it away but the guard said that was not good enough. We had to leave. I offered to throw the sign in the trash but the guard said we had to leave because Tabitha had a camera. When we commented that everyone in the vicinity had a camera (it was the MSNBC outdoor stage!) he said he couldn’t take care of everyone at the same time. So even though we offered to comply with every request my friends and I were still escorted all the way off the property. Lee Stranahan captured it all and it’s been posted at Breitbart.com. He interviewed me directly after the altercation.
My video (which is choppy because they had asked me to turn off the camera. I lowered it but left it on)
We went back later escorted by a crew from the local Fox affiliate. We were asked to leave once more, but once we explained what happened the head of security and the property manager personally apologized and explained that no signs or professional video were allowed for any patrons. We didn’t totally buy the explanation but felt satisfied with the apology and were permitted to stay on the property. No response from MSNBC on why the only black woman holding a Romney sign was not welcome in their mecca of tolerance.