Patricia Carroll, CNN Camerawoman, On Racist Attack At Republican National Convention: 'I'm Not Surprised'

08/30/2012 11:43 am ET | Updated Aug 30, 2012

Patricia Carroll — the CNN camerawoman who was hit with nuts and called an animal at the Republican national convention — spoke out about the incident for the first time Thursday.

Carroll was on the convention floor Tuesday afternoon when two attendees threw nuts at her and said, "this is how we feed the animals."

She addressed the incident in interviews with Witches' Brew and
Journal-isms. "I hate that it happened, but I'm not surprised at all," she told Journal-isms' Richard Prince. Carroll added that she did not want the situation to become political and that it could have happened at the Democratic convention. "This should be a wake-up call to black people," she said, describing racism as a "global issue."

She also thanked CNN, which she said "has been behind me 100 percent." The network confirmed the incident shortly after it happened, and addressed it on-air for the first time on Wednesday. Wolf Blitzer said that the incident was "truly shocking" and "hit home" for everyone at the network.

The interviews were the first time that Carroll agreed to be named. She said that she was not planning to do others. Read the full articles and at Journal-isms.

Related on HuffPost:

Republican National Convention 2012