Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman pelted with peanuts and called an animal by two Republican National Convention goers, says she wasn’t surprised by the horrific incident.

“I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all,” she told the Maynard Institute’s blog Journal-isms from Tampa.

Carroll, an Alabama native, explained: “This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South. 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.”

CNN camerawoman harassed at RNCDespite the horrible experience, the 34-year-old is taking it in stride and hopes what happened to her isn’t used for political gain.

“This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue,” she explain, but noted that were weren’t many black women at the RNC.

Carroll says this incident should serve as a wake-up call to those thinking our country is somehow on the way to being post-racial.

“I can’t change these people’s hearts and minds,” Carroll said. “No, it doesn’t feel good. But I know who I am. I’m a proud black woman. A lot of black people are upset. This should be a wake-up call to black people. . . . People were living in euphoria for a while. People think we’re gone further than we have.”

Although she’s received several requests for interviews, Carroll hopes the interest in her story goes away so she can move on.

*Photos via AP Photo/David Goldma & Witchesbrewonline.com.

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