The difference between the KKK and Sarah Palin?
September 6, 2008 41 Comments
Might actually be lipstick…
You may have heard by now that Sarah Palin has been accused of being an “open racist.”
According to Charley James, writing in LA Progressive, interviews of Alaska residents have dished up a series of allegations related to racism in Alaska, as well as allegations that Governor Palin isn’t shy about expressing contempt and mockery of people who don’t happen to be white.
What we are likely to see steadfastly denied in this week’s news cycle is this:
“So Sambo beat the bitch!”
This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
According to Lucille, the waitress serving her table at the time and who asked that her last name not be used, Gov. Palin was eating lunch with five or six people when the subject of the Democrat’s primary battle came up. The governor, seemingly not caring that people at nearby tables would likely hear her, uttered the slur and then laughed loudly as her meal mates joined in appreciatively.
and yes, there’s more:
“It was kind of disgusting,” Lucille, who is part Aboriginal, said in a phone interview after admitting that she is frightened of being discovered telling folks in the “lower 48” about life near the North Pole.
Then, almost with a sigh, she added, “But that’s just Alaska.”
Racial and ethnic slurs may be “just Alaska” and, clearly, they are common, everyday chatter for Palin.
Besides insulting Obama with a Step-N’-Fetch-It, “darkie musical” swipe, people who know her say she refers regularly to Alaska’s Aboriginal people as “Arctic Arabs” – how efficient, lumping two apparently undesirable groups into one ugly description – as well as the more colourful “mukluks” along with the totally unimaginative “f**king Eskimo’s,” according to a number of Alaskans and Wasillians interviewed for this article.
update: It is important to note that the current allegations against Governor Palin are mostly unsourced hearsay allegations. That being said, it appears that racism in Alaska has been reported on by mainstream news organizations in the past.
For example, on April 14, 2008, KTUU reports on derogatory statements made by two Alaska DJs, including this:
Native officials call the remarks brutally offensive and “typical of Alaska’s race relations.”
The [Alaska Native] heritage center’s vice president of operations says the comments, though not uncommon, are detrimental.
“It is not uncommon. That is disconcerting, for particularly our young people, and people of the community to listen to because it certainly is not a community builder. It’s a community divider,” Debra Call said.
Such comments are not limited to the Woody and Wilcox Show. Across town, the competition at KWHL-FM 106.5 “The Whale” makes easy fodder of Alaska Natives during early-morning humor on the “Bob and Mark Show.”
The DJs make mockery of Native language and customs and also poke fun at dental care issues in the Bush.
Bob Lester and Mark Colazecchio also play a bit called, “That’s what I call Native.” And, they say, it’s all done in the name of entertainment.
update: Governor Palin apparently isn’t shy about appearing on the “Bob and Mark” show:
Lester questioned Green’s motherhood, asking Palin if the senator cares about her own kids. Palin laughs.
Then Lester clearly sets the stage for what he is about to say by warning his large audience and Palin. He says, “Governor you can’t say this but I will, Lyda Green is a cancer and a b—-.” Palin laughs for the second time.
… At the end of Lester making fun of Green as a mother, calling her a cancer, twice, and saying she has to go; after calling the senator a b—-, making fun of her weight, and accusing Green of being jealous and hateful; after all of that, Lester ends the conversation offering to visit Palin.
How does Palin respond? “I’d be honored to have you.”
an audio recording of the January, 2008 radio show can be heard at the Anchorage Daily News.