Sarah Palin Questions Black American Patriotism

"Ack!!!  Negroes!!!!"
(Thanks, Kymie!)

I've been waiting for this.  She's not quite on schedule, but I knew we'd get this from her sooner or later.  From David Kaufmann:
In her new book, the former Alaska governor questions the patriotism of African Americans who point out the country's imperfections.

As if a new reality show, Fox News commentaries and daughter Bristol's Dancing With the Stars spin weren’t enough, Sarah Palin is back with another book: America by Heart: Reflections on Faith, Family and Flag, which was released on Tuesday. In it, the half-term governor and full-time Republican enigma shares her increasingly extremist worldview on everything from the legacy of JFK to her conflicted feelings about abortion to her commitment to giving up chocolate for a year.

Her most unflinching comments, however, center on race -- specifically, the racial dynamics surrounding the Obama presidency and the increasing suspicion by many progressives that Palin, the Tea Partiers and the entire anti-Obama establishment are motivated by racism.

Palin clearly thinks not. In fact, on Planet Palin, racism essentially does not exist but is merely a misanthropic by-product of African Americans' refusal to shut up, toughen up and truly become American patriots. This question of patriotism versus racism has been tackled by both white and black leaders since before the Civil War.

Back then, Frederick Douglass rightfully asked, "What to the American slave is your Fourth of July?" during his legendary Independence Day speech of 1852. More than 150 years later, Douglass' desire to rectify the triumphs of American history with the tragedies of African-American history still resonate for many descendants of his enslaved brethren.

Yet in the prose of Palin, any race-based frustration expressed by African Americans is proof positive of dubious patriotism and questionable allegiance. Racism is a ploy, a canard, a smoke screen by "opponents of this new American awakening" to impede intellectual debate and castigate conservatives as "evil … [and] just bad people."

The real "bad people," however, are Palin's anti-patriots, such as First Lady Michelle Obama, whose now infamous 2008 quote, "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country," is resurrected yet again in America by Heart. This is Palin's "Gotcha!" moment, confirmation that the Obamas "think America -- at least America as it currently exists -- is a fundamentally unjust and unequal country."

I suspect that this thought may have crossed the minds of both Obamas -- much as it has millions of Americans of every color, every day. Indeed, at a time when increasing poverty on Main Street contrasts with stratospheric salaries on Wall Street, how could it not? And why not?

Demanding justice by refuting the status quo has been a hallmark of American politics ever since those original Tea Partiers were polluting Boston Harbor. Acknowledging fundamental injustices and inequalities has been the first step in every American civil rights movement -- from ending slavery and enshrining women's suffrage to establishing worker-protection laws, as well as current efforts to repeal "Don't ask, don't tell."

But back to those black people. Mindful of the minefield she's conspicuously crossing, Palin is clever enough to trade "liberal" for "African American" in much of America by Heart. But her message is abundantly clear, and it's an offensive one -- in every sense of the word.

Already dancing as the Republican star of the 2012 presidential campaign, Palin is using race as a first-mover advantage. And she deserves some props in the process. By framing racism in terms of patriotism, Palin is brazenly declaring race an equal-opportunity topic -- one that she's willing to exploit by any means necessary.

...Two years after she first appeared on the national stage, Sarah Palin has gone from political curiosity to a bona fide politician. Along the way, she's created a platform that touts unity while spouting divisiveness. As her new book arrives in stores, Palin is nothing if not prescient in attacking the Obamas where it clearly hurts most. But her efforts do not merely dis the first family; they’re an affront to the very American ideals that Palin claims to uphold.

"Fighting against injustice is one of the highest forms of patriotism citizens can carve out for themselves," says George Mason University professor Roger Wilkins, author of the 2002 book Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism. "For Governor Palin to say otherwise ... suggests her ignorance and fantasy about the history of race in this country."
Let me be clear: I am a patriot. I am an exceedingly proud patriot and unflinching support of this our remarkable, extraordinary, awe-inspiring, and most beloved Native America.  Alas, I cannot call myself an American, because I haven't been bestowed the honor of being granted acceptance into one of its hundreds of tribes.  And since their tribal leaders are the true government of this country, I must always, in good conscience, defer to their sovereignty in such matters.

So one must wonder...where does Palin's true allegiance lie?  Because methinks her motives are suspect and perhaps we should examine her associations more carefully.

Comments

  1. Can I just say, "Fuck Sarah Palin and the cockeyed horse she rode in on?"

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  2. A wonderful piece showing the racial divisiveness in this country and how Palin is shamelessly exploiting it. Not surprising given the racial temper tantrum some Whites in this country are having; see the ultimate redistribution of wealth: REPARATIONS (otherwise known as just paying out a class action lawsuit on behalf of Native Americans and Black farmers who were screwed out of billions by a discriminatory govt :http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/12/09/obama-signs-law-awarding-4-6-billion-to-native-american-black/)

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  3. "questions the patriotism of African Americans who point out the country's imperfections."

    I thought dissent was the greatest form of patriotism. Guess that only applies to white teabaggers who complain about a black president.

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  4. Wow. I thought I hated Palin before, but she's apparently reached heretofore unknown levels of racist idiocy. What WOULD make a perfect patriot for her - someone who blindly followed all of her decrees? That's not democracy, Sarah, that's a dictatorship, and protesting it is a sign of a functioning brain, not a terrorist.

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  5. (Welcome!)

    She really is "real America" - Bigoted, ignorant and afraid/distrustful of "brown people." She raises my blood pressure and my soon to be Family-in-law "admires" her for her "strength, courage and doing what she needs to do for that poor Trig"... (*side-eye*)

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  6. confirmation that the Obamas "think America -- at least America as it currently exists -- is a fundamentally unjust and unequal country."

    Wait... So America ISN'T fundamentally unjust and unequal?

    There's one thing I don't get about this whole patriot thing: why do you have to think your country is perfect to be a patriot? Aren't the best patriots those who love their country and want to make it better (by pointing at things that are wrong). Also, what makes Palin, a white woman, more American than the rest of the Americans who might not be white? (Especially given the fact it wasn't the white man's land).

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  7. *eye twitch*

    So...being a patriot means ignoring the sh*t that's smearing a person's view of their country? Did this woman study history at all? The United States of America would still be Britain's property if the Founding Fathers didn't get 'unpatriotic'!

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  8. Already dancing as the Republican star of the 2012 presidential campaign, Palin is using race as a first-mover advantage. And she deserves some props in the process. By framing racism in terms of patriotism, Palin is brazenly declaring race an equal-opportunity topic -- one that she's willing to exploit by any means necessary.

    Oh goody! Not only is she stupid, but she's also willing to exploit anything and everything to get her way! I can't wait for the 2012 elections, because it seems like we're going to have a Ronald Regan Part Deux! Can't wait to see what that does to the economy and the US's image abroad...

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  9. Anyone who wants Palin as President is a fucking fool. This is a bitch who - when bombs are going off and people are getting blown up - can't tell the difference between North and South Korea. After one week of her in office, China will recall its loans. Russia will invade via Alaska just for shits and giggles. And North Korea will aim its missiles towards the US...just 'cause.

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  10. Oh, and another thing. I thought white people were colorblind. Aint that the new catchphrase from white people who want to quickly dismiss complaints about racism from PoC? "I'm colorblind. I don't notice anything about race. You coloreds are the racist ones for noticing race."

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  11. You've gotta make an icon with that caption. It's too good to pass up. I can't say what I really feel because I'm afraid they'd hunt my ass down and kill me. What fucked up egg and sperm came together and created this monstrosity and why must we be subjected to any thoughts she has on any subject, especially race? What in the hell is wrong with the people who blindly follow this nitwit? Excuse me while I go vomit. Thoughts of her turn my insides OUT.

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  12. @Hunter,

    Don't forget the human race is the only race that matters (refer to the previous TransGriot post if anyone doesn't catch the reference).

    Sarah Palin is right. She is a true American and she does represent what America is. And what is America, a land where a bunch of hypocritical slave owners spewed propaganda about being soooo oh-paressed and made a political power play to against the Brits.

    This is what America is: a land of hypocrisy and hubris that oppresses minorities. Women, POCs, LGBTQs, etc.

    If America was truly about equality and democracy, it wouldn't have taken until the 21st century and amidst one of the worst economic times in history for the country to check its racism and consider the prospect of a black president.

    If America was truly about equality, it would be proactive in making institutional racism a thing of the past.

    If America was truly about justice and democracy, gay marriage would be legal and DADT would be gone now.

    So when Palin says that she's a true patriot to America, she's absolutely right.

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  13. And this trick pony from Alaska gets a reality show...White privilege strikes again.

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  14. Every dumbas white person wants to refer to Michelle Obama's truthful comment to "prove" something. America has got a lot of shit to not be proud of. McCain's wife said she was always proud and always will be proud.

    So I guess the same goes for Palin too.

    She was proud of the Genocide of the Native people
    Proud of the slave trade
    proud of the Jim Crow era
    Proud of Japanese internment camps
    proud of the Phillipine/American war
    proud of the vietnam war
    I really could go on but you get my point.

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  15. I've been sitting on my comments trying to think of something to say, but my mind keeps coming back to one phrase:

    This bitch here!

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  16. Her followers scare the crap out of me. You just can't argue with that kind of deliberate ignorance.

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  17. Right on Aiyo!
    *rolls eyes*
    Seriously and what makes me even more upset are the fools that believe her I mean they really think she is right

    Wake up America!!!!!!

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  18. We really need to stop talking about this woman. She is only as relevant as we make her. Stop watching her show, stop reading her books, stop reading articles by her or about her, stop WRITING articles about her, stop posting comments in articles about her.

    And with that, I'm OUT.

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  19. Gotta say that I almost agree with Godheval on this one, or I would if it wasn't for one thing. If we simply ignore this woman and allow her to go on her path of wanton regressiveism (yes, I made that word up) and duplicity unchecked then, in a way, she wins. After all, she's not relevant because we make her relevant; she's relevant because she has staunch, racist, regressive supporters and because the corporate media loves drawing a cheap buck from whatever source they haphazardly can.

    So, with such being the case, I'll dog out Palin from here to the moon in order to keep those less informed up to speed on the fact that they do not want to take a chance on this woman getting into office, so they need to get off their collective arses and make sure she doesn't stand a chance of being considered a serious candidate for the presidency. After all, we all saw what happened during the Midterm Elections...

    Also, this-

    This is a bitch who - when bombs are going off and people are getting blown up - can't tell the difference between North and South Korea. After one week of her in office, China will recall its loans. Russia will invade via Alaska just for shits and giggles. And North Korea will aim its missiles towards the US...just 'cause.

    -is absolutely hilarious. lol

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  20. Normally, I'd be with Heval as well, but I'm with X on this. Alas...she cannot simply be ignored. She didn't go away the last time we tried that. She just gained a bigger following.

    @ Hateya - workin' on it!

    @ Neo-Prodigy - WORD.

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  21. so this is her 2nd book?...supposedly?

    i mean to say, there's just no way that she, herself, personally sat down and w.r.o.t.e. either book. she doesnt have time to, for one thing; but for heaven's sake-she's Sarah Palin!

    they were ghostwritten, fo sho.

    does anyone seriously believe she's ever even READ 2 books in her life? all the way thru, i mean, no skimming, no skipping chapters, no cliff notes. uh uh. not a chance...

    it's like when reagan was pres. and all the wealthy folks were happy; i'd think-'would you let reagan run YOUR BUSINESS?' ha...of course not.

    but i geuss sarah p. is helpin' out the haitians now, huh?

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  22. This debate has been going on since George Washington blocked the admission of blacks into the army during the revolutionary war on 11/12/1775.
    In fact the major highway going to Alaska from the USA was built by blacks during WW2. The civil rights movement was waged by black who fought in WW2 who came home to "Jim Crow". The thought by a certain set is that blacks can die for the USA but not work with or live besides us.

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