Former Alaska governor and increasingly irrelevant political figure Sarah Palin made some interesting remarks about President Barack Obama.Â During a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Palin said she thinks that President Obama is trying to take America back to the days before the Civil War.
Palin went on to say that she believes that all of us are â€œcreated equal,â€ and that President Obama is seeking to divide the nation along racial and economic lines.
Obviously, Palinâ€™s remarks were a transparent effort to intercept criticism of the obvious:Â Work on the part of her fellow Republicans to keep black and poor people in their place. Â Nearly every statistical indicator imaginable clearly shows that wealthy and white Americans are far better off than people of color, especially those who are poor. Â All of us might have been created equal, but individuals like Sarah Palin work to make sure things don’t stay that way.
Palinâ€™s comments are also interesting because one can readily argue that she and the Republicans have already done what they are accusing Obama of doing:Â Taking the nation back 200 years.Â The Republicans continue to unfairly undermine President Obama in a way that spits in the face of our Democratic freedoms, responding to the first black president in a manner which indicates that his skin color is a severe political liability. Theyâ€™ve been happy to play to the latent hostility of those who can’t stand to take orders from a black man, and as a result, African Americans have been forced to give up our freedom of speech to protectively cower over an administration that is allowed to use racism to avoid significant accountability.
As a result of people like Sarah Palin, Republicans are loading their guns, holding rallies to express outrage over nothing, and angrily voting against their interests.Â The first black president has received a record number of death threats, Congress has entered a state of political rigor mortis, and our orderly political process is at risk of declining into a state of chaos.Â Blaming President Obama for the division in our nation is no different from blaming Martin Luther King for the violence on bloody Sunday.
Palinâ€™s misguided belief that she is â€œkeeping the peaceâ€ by promoting business as usual in America would be a wonderful fit for the old, deep south. Â At that time, anyone who fought for justice and equality was labeled to be a trouble maker and divisive figure.Â Anyone seeking progress, even today, is given that same label by the likes of Sarah Palin, a woman who longs for the days when white folks could keep us both quiet and obedient. Â What’s most interesting is that President Barack Obama is as intelligent and respectful as they come, but Palin and friends are determined to treat him like a n*gger.
What is also sad and reflective of the deep south is the manner by which African Americans have responded to the likes of Sarah Palin. Â Because we are so sensitive to the racism being thrust at our first black president, many black leaders have forced black America into modern-day McCarthyism, where anyone who speaks critically about the Obama Administration is treated as a traitor for not being “down with the cause.” Â Martial Law has been declared in black America, largely in response to unwarranted racial attacks on the president.
So, what is most interesting here is that Republican attacks on Obama have caused whites to express a degree of hostility that is reflective of the deep south of the past. Â Simultaneously, the African American reactions to these threats also take us back to a time in the past where black folks told each other to be quiet to avoid “making the white folks mad.” Â So, both white and black Americans are responding to the Obama presidency in ways that make America less free for all of us.
I donâ€™t hate Sarah Palin, I just think sheâ€™s a little slow, a tad bit racist and incredibly misguided.Â But then again, Iâ€™m not sure what any of us can expect from a woman who might still think that Africa is a country, and not a continent. Â Palin and her fellow Republicans continue to represent the worst of our great nation, and they may be putting our national security at risk.