Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman who was assaulted with peanuts at the Republican National Convention earlier this week says "I hate that it happened, but I'm not surprised at all," according to Richard Prince's Journal-isms blog.
Carroll, 34, said that as an Alabama native, she was not surprised. "This is Florida, and I'm from the Deep South," she said. "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."
"I can't change these people's hearts and minds," Carroll told Journal-isms. "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."
Carroll says she hopes the story goes away.
"I was hoping this story would go away," she said. "I'm not interested in talking to any other media about this."
In her interview with Journal-isms Carroll also thanked CNN for being "behind me 100 percent."