Is Sarah Palin a racist?

*Playing the race card against Sarah Palin is just the kind of tactic you would expect from the nutroots Left, and just days after John McCain announced that Alaska’s popular governor would be his running mate, the nutroots Left lowered itself to meet those expectations. LA Progressive, one of the more unhinged blogs in the Leftosphere, was quick to post a hit piece by Charley James. By way of hearsay from a waitress named “Lucille” who allegedly works in a restaurant which isn’t named in an undisclosed location in Alaska, James tosses out a disgusting quote which he expects us to believe came from Palin’s lips.

The blog’s description of the author is rather terse:

Charley James is an American journalist, author and essayist who lives in Toronto.

Elsewhere on the web I discovered that one of the books James was reading was one by Keith Olbermann, which doesn’t speak much for the man’s intellect, but let’s not hold that against him. As I am sometimes a glutton for punishment, I soldiered on. James lists as his inspiration John Le Carre, the author of espionage novels who dissed Salman Rushdie for bringing a fatwa down upon himself for publishing The Satanic Verses. So it’s Rushdie’s own fault that angry, militant Muslims want to kill him? Most people who are unhappy with something written about themselves just settle for dashing off a rebuttal letter to the editor. I guess all of us writers had better be trained and equipped for home defense.

Like I said, you expect baseless garbage like the Jones piece from the wacky end of the internet. The largest news agency in the United States, however, should have more substantial offerings. Sadly, that is not the case. The Associated Press, once a highly respected news source, is not your father’s news wire anymore. In an analysis piece, Douglass K. Daniel, sees “a racist subtext” in Sarah Palin’s criticism of Barack Obama for his relationship with mad bomber Bill Ayers. Sorry, no blockquote. AP charges by the word for reprinting their stuff, and I’m just a gainfully unemployed blogger who’s not yet in the poorhouse, but like Bill Ayers lives in close proximity to Barack Obama, it’s in my neighborhood.

So far we have some berzerko bloggers and the drive-by media on record that Sarah Palin is a racist. For some comic relief, let’s have a couple of politicians and an attorney weigh in on this weighty subject. First up is Gov. David Patterson (D-NY). Instead of a racist subtext, Patterson sees “racial overtones” in Palin’s rhetoric:

“There are overtones of potential racial coding in this campaign. I think the Republican Party is too smart to call Barack Obama ‘black’… but you can take something about his life… a community organizer.”

I had no idea that being a community organizer required one to be of a certain race. As I’m sure someone must have once said to Saul Alinsky, who wrote the book on community organizing, “But you don’t look African American.”

Next up is Rep. Alcee Hastings who uttered this gem of wisdom:

“Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks. So, you just think this through.”

Now there’s an incredible leap of logic. Sarah Palin hunts moose; therefore, she also stalks Joos and Blacks. There must be something in the Alaskan air or perhaps in the gunpowder that drives people over to the dark side of homicidal racism. And all this time I thought Gov. Palin’s father taught her how to hunt and field dress a moose to help him put food in the freezer. Who knew that it was something more sinister than feeding the family? Must be that “hunting just for sport” thing. Everyone knows that Alaska is just full of herds of wild Joos and African Americans.

Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. insinuated that Palin must be a racist or a fascist, or perhaps even both, for a quote about President Harry Truman’s small town upbringing in her acceptance speech. Noting the the source of the quote, columnist Westbrook Pegler, was both a “fascist” and an “avowed racist” who wanted to see Kennedy’s father assassinated, Kennedy then remarked:

It might be worth asking Governor Palin for a tally of the other favorites from her reading list.

I was wondering where Katie Couric got the idea to ask Gov. Palin about the sources of her reading material. Now I know. Young Kennedy correctly pegged Pegler. The man was an obvious cracked nut who wrote some detestable and incendiary things. Pegler must have had, however, at least a few lucid moments, for his quote Palin used about the virtue to be found in America’s smaller burgs is relatively harmless and has some truth in it. Or perhaps the flyover part of the lower 48 is just full of Joo and Negro hunters, much like their Alaskan cousins. And they must be real cousins because “it’s a well-known fact” that the family trees of rednecks have very few branches.

But Kennedy’s short Huffpoo blog post begs two questions. Has he ever expressed any outrage over Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s detestable and incendiary remarks? If so, my search engine has failed to find them. Barack Obama has often quoted Wright, in speeches and in his books. Does that make him a racist? I’m also a bit puzzled over Kennedy’s curiosity about Gov. Palin’s reading list. Back in the more liberal days of my youth, I read Mein Kampf and still managed to remain a liberal for a number of years thereafter. Does that make me an enemy of the state now that I’m a conservative? Never mind that I still consider Hitler to have been a genocidal madman and one of the wost tyrants in the history of the planet. God forbid that young Kennedy’s thought police break down my door to inventory my bookshelves.

I’ve always believed the old biblical teaching to “judge with righteous judgement.” To me, a good part of that way of taking the measure of people is to assign much more weight to their deeds than to their words. Let’s use this criteria to decide whether Gov. Sarah Palin is indeed a racist, as the aforementioned screwy scribes, palaverous politicians and liberal lawyers have postulated.

Here is some “racist” screed from Palin:

WHEREAS, as we observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember the dream of a great man–an American hero–and his message of social changethrough nonviolence.

WHEREAS, Dr. King dedicated his life to empowering people, no matter their circumstances, and challenged them to lift up their neighbors and communities. He broke down barriers within our society by encouraging Americans to look past their differences and refused to rest until our Nation fulfilled its pledge of liberty & justice for all.

WHEREAS, Alaskans will join volunteers across the nation who will celebrate Dr. King’s life & teachings by converting the holiday into a day of service, dedicated to meeting community needs.

WHEREAS, yet more work remains In the words of Dr. King, “We will not be satisfied until ‘justice rolls down like waters & righteousness like a mighty stream.'”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gov. Sarah Palin, do hereby proclaim Jan. 21, 2008, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Alaska.

*Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “MLK Day” Jan 14, 2008 *

Wow, let’s lock up that crazy woman and throw away the key! I tell ya that people of color just aren’t safe with that gun nut racist governor on the loose. Never mind that Blacks compose only 3.5% of Alaska’s population, yet Sarah Palin nevertheless worded her Dr. King Day proclamation in such a manner which evoked his spririt and reflected his teachings. We all know that she’s really a racist.

There’s more, from the same source:

WHEREAS, Juneteenth is an annual holiday commemorating the ending of slavery–the oldest celebration of its kind. Its roots go back to June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the war’s end and that all slaves were now free. That news took two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official January 1, 1863.

WHEREAS, today, Juneteenth is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month that is set aside to celebrate African American freedom.

WHEREAS, in cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities, & religions are joining together to celebrate this extremely important historical event.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sarah Palin, Governor of the state of Alaska, do hereby proclaim June 21, 2008, as Juneteenth Day in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to reflect on the importance of this celebration, and encourage citizens to take part in the events taking place in your communities.

*Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Juneteenth” Jun 17, 2008*

This is outrageous! Is there no end to that hateful woman’s racism?

Let’s see what other racial dirt we can dig up on this loathsome racist:

Sarah Palin and Sean Parnell are a New Team with New Energy for Alaska who value our cultural diversity and will provide opportunities for all Alaskans.

*Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006*

Can you believe the nerve of Sarah Palin?

“Just words,” as Barack Obama is fond of saying, “but words have meanings.” The meanings in her proclamations seem clear, but those hunting for racial “subtext” and “overtones” will see racism in them. Racism is after all, sometimes only in the eye of the beholder.

As for deeds, that eeevillll Sarah unquestionably showed her racism by marrying Todd Palin:

Her husband Todd is a Yupik Eskimo from Dillingham; a member of the Curyung tribe. Sarah is very close to Todd’s grandmother Lena Andre who is a highly respected elder in the Bristol Bay region.

Well, that does it. What could be more racist than to marry someone who is a member of a minority group? To add insult to injury, she gave birth to five children who have the native blood of their father coursing through their veins. Those cunning Republicans and their tricky reverse psychology!

Sigh. Seriously, folks, anyone with a quarter of their faculties engaged can see that there’s not a racist bone in Sarah’s body. But some of the more unhinged can see racism behind every tree as well as racist subtext and racial overtones in every speech.

I’ve been researching Sarah Palin for the better part of a year. From what I have learned, she has a deep and abiding faith and an abundance of love in her heart. I have no doubts that she follows the teachings of her Savior and prays for those who hate her so.

Sarah Palin is no racist.

– JP