Is Sarah Palin a racist?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
October 14, 2008 9:07am CST
I discovered a surprising article this morning as I was browsing Yahoo News. The topic was addressing the fact that Sarah Paling has exhibited racist tendencies in her dealings with black people in her position of governor of the state of Alaska. The article pointed out that she had consistently refused to employ black people and reacted angrily when approached about the matter. There were other charges levied against her including her refusal to recognize the historically black holiday, the Juneteenth celebration. This all made me wonder why I had not heard anyone challenge her on the question of racism. I don't know if she is racist but I would like to ask you myLotters if you think this question should be addressed in the face of someone who is aspiring to the second highest office in the land? Is her record on race relations important?http://news.yahoo.com/s/thenation/20081014/cm_thenation/45371959
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• United States
14 Oct 08
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an official annual holiday in 29[1] states of the United States. Celebrated on June 19, it commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Oct 08
Thank you for enlightening those who didn't know the origins of Juneteenth, Daddy. These racist people have really gotten to me.
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• United States
15 Oct 08
I have a story to share... Once upon a time, I was a kid growing up in a small town. My family life was a little rough and I was a little shy. I found, however, a nice friend in Kindergarten and her name was Patty. Patty was a very nice girl and we would play together at recess. None of the other kids seemed to like her. Once I was invited over to her house and I met her father. He was a big tall black man. Dark black. I looked at him with interest. See, in my small town, I hadn't seen any black men. Now, there were black people on Sesame Street, but they also had blue fuzzy monsters. After a moment, I turned and went back to playing with Patty. It didn't matter to me one tiny little bit if her dad was black, white, or purple. She was my friend. I got it in my head on May Day to make a heart basket out construction paper and fill it with wildflowers. (These are also known as weeds, but she didn't seem to mind.) Turns out her Father was really her step father. That would have made sense to me at the time if I had any idea about genetics and inheritance. See, Patty was as white as I was. Patty's mother had re-married and married a black man. (At the time, African American wasn't the term used.) Patty and her family moved away after a little bit. I don't know for sure how long. I was told that the townsfolk had 'run them out of town.' It would take some time to piece together things.. how people might not like 'mixed' couples and all that. But, the point of the story here isn't if they were really run out of town or not. I was never able to check up on that. No, the point of the story is that as a kid I believed it was possible for my friend to be run out of town because her mother remarried a man with darker skin. (And, he wasn't just any old thug.. he was, in fact, the town deputy.) If I had not had this experience, I might have been a racist, too. I was raised in a small town and neither my father nor my siblings seem particularly fair-minded. I like to think I have a kinder heart than that, but perhaps my ideas of racial fairness trace back to this one little experience and what it meant to me.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Sounds to me like a BS claim. The author of that opinion piece offered no proof to back up any of his claims. I know some are offended by her use of the terms Joe Six-pack and Hockey Mom which they somehow believe excludes black people, but I'm not buying it.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Oct 08
It matters not at all to me which terms she uses, Taskr, I only want to know the truth. Most people don't like to admit it but racism is very much alive and well in America.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I have never heard of Juneteenth Day. I did check it out in Wikipedia and found a reference in the NY Times as an Obscure Texas holiday. I believe that in Alaska it is a holiday where you can take off if you use a vacation day.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I had heard of the day and knew what it meant but didn't know it was an actual, real holiday.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
15 Oct 08
This is very interesting, worldwise1, and I thank you for bringing it to our attention but I doubt if the subject will be raised because that would be "playing the race card", whether there was any credible evidence or not and it would be "picking on her", which I think we've all discovered is a big no-no. I'm not one to believe in rumors that can't be substantiated at all but I must admit, when you hear one rumor it's easy to give someone a total pass, when you hear two, well maybe the person has a GROUP of enemies, but when the hits keep coming it's harder to ignore the whole issue and to not suspect there may be some fire with all that smoke. Unlike some others here, I happen to be a big fan of The Nation nation and have a lot of respect for the credibility of its writers. I know I'll get hit for this but what's the difference between me liking The Nation and others swearing by some of the right wing columnists, commentators, publications and other media outlets? Annie
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
19 Oct 08
Molehill, The Nation doesn't deny they're liberal nor do any of their columnists that I'm familiar with. I know some of the newspapers you mentioned are said to be liberal but the Chicago Tribune isn't one of them, I just heard today that this is the first time they've ever endorsed a Democrat in their history. Anyway, I pretty much just read my local paper for local news. As far as magazines, I disagree with Newsweek being far left. There are some columnists that are somewhat liberal but they also have some conservative writers such as George Will. Us Weekly? I don't count that as being political at all. They'll cover whoever happens to be the celebrity of the moment. I won't pretend to know why the polls are as they are. I know you're no fan of Bill Clinton but I am. I didn't condone his personal actions, if he were my husband...well, I won't even go there, but things were a lot better in America during his Presidency. You don't agree and neither do many others here, but let's just agree to disagree since we've been through it many times...lol! I don't know how you can stand not having cable! I hardly ever watch the regular networks, just for a few select series and I do watch bits of pieces of the Sunday morning shows but I'm not an expert on any of the evening network newscasts or anchors these days since I rarely watch. I'm not a huge Katie Couric fan but to hear people say she was too tough on Palin was kind of amusing to me since she seems so much better suited to the Today Show type of fluff interviews. Regarding Preet's apology, there were comments there and I made one of them. I commended him for admitting it had been a mistake. The "Kill Him" chant did happen in Scranton because I spoke with someone who heard it. Whether or not it happened anywhere else, I can't say, but I see no reason not to believe the person who heard it there. I'm sorry, but I really can't think of a single good thing to say about Rush Limbaugh. I'm not putting anyone down who likes him, that's a matter of personal taste and we're certainly not all alike, but I can say I DID listen to him on a daily basis for all the years I delivered mail. There were a few times when I found myself thinking there may be a real human being in there somewhere, but he always proved that wrong in a short time. Maybe it's the bleeding heart liberal in me but I can't stand anyone who has no compassion for their fellow human beings and I sure don't think Rush has any of that in him. Annie
• United States
20 Oct 08
"The "Kill Him" chant did happen in Scranton because I spoke with someone who heard it. Whether or not it happened anywhere else, I can't say, but I see no reason not to believe the person who heard it there." (shakes head slowly)annie,annie,annie. If your friend heard this "chant" then (s)he should go to the Secret Service with this information. Because,Just like the reported incident in Florida, They were in the audience. And they heard nothing. From the Scranton newspaper website. http://www.thetimes-tribune.com/articles/2008/10/16/news/sc_times_trib.20081016.a.pg11.tt16newsecret_s1.2018812_top8.txt The real bad thing is that Obama knew it BEFORE he brought it up at the third debate. http://www.newsweek.com/id/164512/output/print
@piasabird (1737)
• United States
14 Oct 08
For one thing I don't like the rag that the story came from, The Nation. They're so far to the left that it isn't even funny and they're mostly just opinion pieces. At this point, when so many blacks want Obama to win the presidency simply because he's half black, I wouldn't put anything past them. That goes for some whites, too. Look at the mess concerning ACORN and voter fraud. They're deliberately trying to stack the deck in favor of Obama and it's harming our election process and undermining our country. If this is true I will be very disappointed. I was so excited to have a woman run for the office of VP but the more I find out about her the more I don't think she wasn't a good choice.
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• United States
14 Oct 08
You mean the scandal of law enforcement turning on those who did what they're legally required to do, flagged registrations that they were not allowed to dispose of, and then were treated as criminals for following the law? That one? Where's the outrage about the organization that threw out entire packets of legitimate Democrat registrations rather than turn them in? And those that altered registrations by changing Democrat to Republican? Please. It's about trying to throw out the votes of over a million poor and working class people who have a right to vote. It's not the only effort - it's just the only one that's being publicized by the media that can only be seen as liberal and left-wing by those that are so far right they can't tell how left behind they are.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
15 Oct 08
It is interesting that the only one being convicted is ACORN. The Office of Civil Rights (Lawyers who believe the accuser is right and the accused must prove their innocents) spent years in Florida trying to find voter suppression by the Republicans or voter Fraud. No Convictions or even enough to get some hint of voter fraud
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