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Dr. Boyce: Sarah Palin Would Be a Perfect fit for Any Plantation

Former Alaska governor and increasingly irrelevant political figure Sarah Palin made some interesting remarks about President Barack Obama.  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 “created equal,” and that President Obama is seeking to divide the nation along racial and economic lines.

Obviously, Palin’s remarks were a transparent effort to intercept criticism of the obvious:  Work on the part of her fellow Republicans to keep black and poor people in their place.  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.  All of us might have been created equal, but individuals like Sarah Palin work to make sure things don’t stay that way.

Palin’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:  Taking the nation back 200 years.  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. They’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.  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.  Blaming President Obama for the division in our nation is no different from blaming Martin Luther King for the violence on bloody Sunday.

Palin’s misguided belief that she is “keeping the peace” by promoting business as usual in America would be a wonderful fit for the old, deep south.  At that time, anyone who fought for justice and equality was labeled to be a trouble maker and divisive figure.  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.  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.

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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.  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.”  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.  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.”  So, both white and black Americans are responding to the Obama presidency in ways that make America less free for all of us.

I don’t hate Sarah Palin, I just think she’s a little slow, a tad bit racist and incredibly misguided.  But then again, I’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.  Palin and her fellow Republicans continue to represent the worst of our great nation, and they may be putting our national security at risk.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and author of the book, Black American Money. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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  1. Clifford gibbs

    March 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    The Republican presidential contest in America along with Pit bull Palin is a freak show. The candidates vie with one another to spew the most outrageous hard-right positions, denying evolution while endorsing torture and joking about electrocuting illegal immigrants. How did a major party in the world’s sole superpower become a club of liars, debtors, betrayers, adulterers, exaggerators, hypocrites, and ignoramuses?

    Collectively, they expose a political, economic,
    geographic, and historical ignorance that makes George W. Bush look like a scholar.

    • TJ Maunder

      March 12, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Your list of descriptives about the Republican Party could aslo equally apply to most of the Democratic Party.

  2. matkins4268

    March 12, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    why must you spread hate and tell lies just cause you disagree with her stance and bring black peoples into the mix to support
    your view ……………………………………………………..STOP IT

    • Pamla

      March 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Wait! Hold up! What the heck are you talking about? Spreading hate? These are not lies….The Republican have been beating the drum of hate, misinformation, and outright lying for years! But you want Dr. Boyce to “stop it”? Wow, we are truly thought the looking glass!

    • Spencer

      March 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      He is not telling any lies, I agree with everything he says. The Republican’s are providing us with the most entertainment in the history of America this year. What do you mean, “…bring black people into the mix…”? It has been the GOP candidates, everyone of them that has brought people of color in the the mix. We are merely responding to what they are trying to do.

    • Gudit

      March 13, 2012 at 4:46 am

      Dr. Boyce is not “bringing Black people into the mix to support” anything. We are not a monolithic group — that means not all thinking the same. But because of our common heritage in this country, we do recognize racism, hate and subjugation. And, you are not his parent, so don’t tell him “not to bring Black people” into anything. He is an accomplished professional in his own right. White paternalism……

  3. Maty Roberts

    March 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Palin is showing her kkk tendencies.

  4. Spencer

    March 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I believe that these idiotic comments from Palin and the Republicans can do nothing but help President Obama be re-elected. The Republican presidential campaign has “weakened”, and may not be a match-up against Barack Obama when the campaign heats up in the fall. Let’s consider Sarah Palin for a moment, imagine if she ran for president and actually won the GOP nomination I can not in any way fathom that she believes she could stand across from President Obama in a debate. Why? Because she’s all about the circus and selling more tickets. Sarah has burned her bridges to nowhere, but just like Herman Cain and Rush Limbaugh she continues to do something or say something in order to stay relevant. In short, the Tucson shooting and Sarah’s response is what killed any chance of her getting the GOP nomination much less the White House. I believe her way of thinking here is to say something ugly and untrue about the black president that white Conservatives love to hate maybe just maybe this will help bring her back into the GOP limelight but it won’t work because no one care about Sarah Palin anymore that’s if they ever did.

  5. Antoinette Rayfield

    March 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Should we as a people respond to such ignorance? Should the job and work we do in our communities be all the responses that are given to such negativety? We should take the stance many racisist already take, if we teach them to call themselves the n word, we will not have to. If the racist and conservative rebublicans continue to make theirselves look as ignorant as they have the last couple of months with the statements they speak so loudly and boldly; we as minorities will not have to say a word, the damange will have already been done. Perhaps with a little time on our hands, we can focus on more positive issues.

  6. Tiff

    March 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I feel like they got it all figured out. Television has brainwashed everyone. And its like now, people see things on Tv and accept it as true fact without doing any follow up research. Sarah Palin and the rest of her “row dogs” are not that naive to the dumb, ignorant, and racists remarks or speeches they feed to the public. Thhey know exaclty what the hell they are doing. You can say anything to a bunch warped people hooked on fashion, celebrity gossip, and irrelevant stories like “Kony 2012”. If we dont wake the hell up we going right back to slavery.

  7. Cornelius

    March 12, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Professor Watkins’ exposition on the errancy of Her Airheadedness
    was both well taken and well said. How matkins 4268 could form
    his, her or its mind and mouth to utter that silly, supposed rebuke
    is proof positive that more Bo Snerdleys than the original house n*gger of that name belonging to Rush ” Muleboy ” Limbaugh abound. These Darkie Ditto Heads really do tire me. Nonetheless, my faith that the Prez will prevail against the asinine assails of such
    featherweight detractors as Her Airheadedness remains unshaken.
    And, care sure be take that criticism of the Prez be constructive and well considered. This has not always been the case with the disparaging duo of West and Smiley who often came across as an
    incarnation of Don Quixote and his sidekick, Sancho Panza.

  8. marcus davis

    March 12, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Sarah Palin is a complete moron ,how in the hell did she ever get into politics is beyond me.

    • Spencer

      March 13, 2012 at 12:59 am

      Marcus, Palin was a mediocre sportscaster then an ineffective council woman then an efective Mayor then a clueless Governor that ended up quitting because she knew she couldn’t handle the task but by then the simple-minded Tea Party people made sure that her bank account superceded whatever paycheck she would have received as governor. How this complete moron became so well known is all John McCain’s fault. McCain had wanted to name as his running mate his good friend Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, the Democrat turned independent. But by the outrage from Christian conservatives over the possibility that Mr. McCain would fill out the Republican ticket with Mr. Lieberman, a supporter of abortion rights, had become too intense to be ignored. McCain was advised that he should choose a running mate with strong conservative credentials, both on social issues and economic issues to win conservative hearts and minds. He had a choice between Palin or Pawlenty, if had chosen Pawlenty the 2008 election might have gone a totally different direction. But as we know, he chose Palin because it was Palin who fitted McCain’s self-image much more than Pawlenty. McCain allowed his ego to contribute to his campaign’s weakness. McCain created this political monster that refuses to go away. I bet that even right now he is beating his old grey head up against the wall because of this stupid stupid woman he introduced to all of America. He did the Democratic party a great favor, but at the same time he did America as a whole a great injustice by making this clown of a woman a household name today.

      • Spencer

        March 13, 2012 at 1:00 am

        Correction: “…ineffective Mayor…”

  9. khrish

    March 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I watched GAME CHANGE 3 times because they told me I would probably better understand as well feel pity for Sarah. NEVER HAPPENED. She re-affirmed my veiw that she is the racist, ignorant, divisive and egotistical witch I saw her to be during the 2008 campaign. I notice tha McCain would not say a word against her……Bet 10-1, he wouldn’t get the same respect from old sarah girl. She continues with her “word salads” (aka speeches) to be the same witch that she always was….when you don’t learn, you can’t grow and this woman is incapable of learning. She will always depend on her racism, ignorance, egotism and divisive style to remain in the media. And people like her will continue to urge her on.

  10. Rachel

    March 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Marcus Davis you are so right.

  11. Ruby from NJ

    March 13, 2012 at 12:09 am

    No one is interested in what Sarah Palin has to say, so periodically she will say something stupid to get people to talk about her. Go back underneath your rock, Sarah.

  12. gjeno

    March 13, 2012 at 12:29 am

    @matkins4268: Sadly, you’re as blind as a bat with sun glasses on !

  13. willena miller

    March 13, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I agree with Ruby from NJ. as well as Marcus Davis.
    Sarah Palin needs to stay in Alaska, cook moose and keep quiet!

  14. T_99

    March 13, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I, too, watched “The Game Change” yesterday. I felt sorry for Palin for about 2 minutes. Who wouldn’t feel a wee bit sorry for someone who is so clearly in WAY over her head? That feeling quickly faded when she “went rogue” after the Vice Presidential debate, making statements that incited people to call to do harm against then candidate Obama in any attempt to “make a bold move” to win the election. It is true that she is an intellectual light weight, but SO many people listen to and admire her. I wish that those who do would really listen to what she has to say…or rather isn’t saying. Does she give specifics? Never. Does she say anything about policies that will make their lives better, or does she just continue to spout cliches and emplty rhetoric? She needs to go back under her rock until her 15 minutes of fame are finally over.

  15. charles

    March 13, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Unfortunately, the civil war never ended. It just shifted domains.


    March 13, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Democrat or Republican just opposite ends of the same corrupt coin every else is just a side show, fools.

  17. Tamango

    March 13, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Sarah Palin and her racist idiot lynch mob …are nothing…in fact they are less than nothing. Which mean they are not worth anyone’s time.

  18. claudia

    March 13, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I’m surprise that Sarah Palin hasn’t dropped the Republicans and jumped into with the Democratics because isn’t this what she would love to see the country go back to, where Sarah feels like people of color has no voice and will always needs to stay in their place and that she is superior by being white. What a HYPOCRATE!

  19. Toppergem

    March 13, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I believe that these idiotic comments from Palin and the Republicans can do nothing but help President Obama be re-elected….Spencer, I agree with you. Sarah Palin and her Republican friends are just plain ridiculous!! And people better take their blinders off. If you ignore the racial history of our country and learn nothing from it…you are doomed to repeat that history.

  20. PJ

    March 13, 2012 at 4:58 am

    How could anyone listen to the garbage that comes out of this insane’s woman mouth. She is a complete idiot, and just perhaps the media needs to stop asking anything of her. She has the foot in mouth disease, because she keeps doing it all the time.

  21. john rashied

    March 13, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Sarah Paleface’palin represents the true caucasian Amerikkkan-clueless about anything thats not Amerikkkan! the majority of Teapisser party members have always voted against their own interests to satisfy the ‘dictates’of the White ruling class of which they long to be Apart of-Which they won’t achieve and therein LIES THE RUB’-A BUNCH OF PO’CRACKERS doin’ the ho’down for the white Upper class-es,time in and time in over and over,ad nauseum- and they think ‘it’s the fault of the “colored people” of Amerikkka-they aint brainwashed-they’be whitewashed’.buh bye!

  22. dorothy madry

    March 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Oh she is so slow I have to feel sorry for her. We are smarter than she thinks, because she cant think she cannot even make a sentence. Pray for her and all of those who want to take their country back. Oh but you cant take what you stole from someone else. Pray,pray,pray.Vote vote vote.

  23. The Motown Sound!

    March 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I find it hard to believe that Palin is racist seeing she had a healthy does of jungle fever as “reported”…but then again massa liked to sleep with the black women folk, so it’s not hard to imagine missas wanting to sleep with the black men folk….guess it works for both sexes! 😉

  24. Mike C. Okereke

    March 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I agree with Dr. Watkins that Sarah Palin is becoming increasingly irrelevant in American politics. I blame Senator John McCain for unleashing her to America like a hive of ferocious ants.
    After three years of Sarah Palin in the American political landscape, with all the political vitriols, and divisions that she espouses, it has become increasingly clear that she does not belong here in modern America.
    Sarah Palin has a plantation mentality, just like fellow Republican, Michelle Bachmann, both of who long for the “good old days”, when African Americans know their place in the warped and twisted world of racism and Jim Crowism. Whatever these women say constitute amalgams of hate and racial insensitivities, with brews of racial intolerance to show for it. They don’t belong to America. The good news is that both of them now have diminishing presence and significance in American polity.

  25. John Dailey

    March 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    As a lifelong Alaskan, familiar with Sarah Palin, I’m here to tell you that SP is not as 1-dimensional as her detractors say. While, on the one hand, her persona is all that people say: ignorant, cunning but not smart, nasty, and racist (in sort of a typical white, garden- variety sort of way), she also did more for the State than almost any Governor we’ve ever had. She got a new ethics law passed and then pushed for the arrest, trial, and convictions of a passel of corrupt Republican state legislators. She engineered one of the largest tax increases on the oil companies operating in Alaska, and put us on a sound financial footing for a long time to come. She signed into law dozens of programs to help the poor and indigent.

    Another interesting thing is that she never let her personal, religious right, bigoted and homophobic personal viewpoints interfere with her functions as Governor. For example when the legislature mandated equal treatment for the gay and lesbian partners of Univ. of Alaska employees, she signed the legislation into law, stating that she did not think her personal morality should interfere with her job as Governor! She would let drop racist remarks (like, “Sambo beats The Bitch”, referring to Obama beating Hillary in a primary), yet, officially, she was strictly fair-minded.

    It’s ironic that if you had to judge Obama and Palin simply on the basis of what they have DONE while in office, Palin would be the Big Government Socialist, and Obama a center-right politician. She arguably has done a lot more for poor people than Obama has. Would I ever vote for her over Obama? Gawd No, but mainly because I don’t think she has the brains for the job in a dangerous world. Obama is brilliant; he may have started out inexperienced and naive, but we’ve invested 4 years in his training, and he increasingly ‘gets it right.’ Let’s just hope he has learned not to try to work with Republicans.

    • Spencer

      March 14, 2012 at 1:26 am

      John Dailey, Whether or not Palin served Alaska well is not in question. In fact, had she not resigned as governor of Alaska she would have undoubtedly received far more respect than she is receiving at this time. It is true that no one likes a quitter. However, by resigning she increased her income greatly which makes me think that she may not be as dumb as most of us may think and she was also smart enough to not enter into the current GOP race for the nomination I might add.

  26. Spencer

    March 13, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    If you can watch HBO’s “Game Change” it will tell you all you need to know about the idiot better known as Sarah Palin.

  27. Richard Johnson, Jr.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Commenting on Sarah Palin’s statements and positions is as vital to our democracy as the bygone days of the John Birch Society. She is certainly a provocateur! However, the plus is that the majority of her support is composed of those ill informed Lemmings, ready and willing to follow any siren of alert, regardless of the all clear. Fear and dread is the fuel that propels this new agenda of interposition and nullification! If America is to stall this new engine of separation, I would hope that the better spirits within our Democracy, White and Black, would sound the alert of pending dread to our Liberties and Unity! It is sad and shameful that one of such limited depth has gained such an audience.
    God Save The United States!!!

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  29. John Dailey

    March 14, 2012 at 12:58 am

    In response to Richard Johnson, jr. : Wow! That says it all! Great comment!

  30. DrOperaQHU65

    March 14, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Please see the HBO special GAME CHANGE—Sarah Palin and the McCain Campaign of 2008 and All will be made clear to you.

  31. Erich Karras

    March 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Don’t just retire from something; have something to retire to.
    What we’ve gone through over the last many years is mainly responsible for some individuals to question ‘Can we trust Microsoft?’

  32. Aaron

    March 15, 2012 at 4:57 am

    I cannot express my true feelings regarding Sarah Palin, she is one of the most idiotic morons ever to reach political heights. That witch with multiple skid marks in her BVD’s spews Patriotism, yet she and her pimp were card carrying members of the AIP, Alaska Independence Party. The largest of any third parties in the 50 states, brings to Alaska the hope of becoming a separate and independent nation from the United States. She panders to the ignorant and mentally deficient gentile racist in this country.
    She’s the slimiest of slime. No offense to you Dr. Watkins and your blog, but I call a swine a swine, especially a pig that vomits racial hatred!! She has an open invitation to KMJA!!

  33. joseph miller

    March 15, 2012 at 11:28 am

    It is pitiful that antiquated rcial views are reward by dinosaurs who pay idiots like Palin to spread such venom. Palin is a paid court jester.

  34. Nothing But The Truth!

    March 19, 2012 at 1:29 am

    The United States of America is nothing like it purports itself to be. American white people go all around the world killing thousands of people and taking over their country, while requiring every country to become a “Democracy” when this Democracy is a most imperfect one. I question your article on the point that you question why we- African-Americans- feel compelled to reserve and suppress criticism of President Barack Obama because he is a Black President. I contend that your article fails to reflect the reality that Barack Obama is the first African-American President, and the white people of this country are giving him pure, undiluted hell that is absolutely without merit or foundation. I know that he is doing a phenomenal job despite the facts that they keep him until constant and unrelenting pressure.
    You seem to present a position that does not understand or take that reality into account. Your article really disappoints me as I have supported your position on most other issues. What your article does not reflect is how the first American Black President has merely exposed the acute racism that white American Presidents could camouflage much more easily. The United States is the most racist country in the world as you have very often indicated. Its bigotry, hostility, and discrimination are everywhere, every day! However, we must continue to do what you and I do every day of our lives, and that is to fight with all of our might to make the United States of America live up to its promise. President Barack Obama is President of all of the people-Black, Hispanic, Native Americans, Asians, white, Mormons, Christians, Muslims, Atheists, and People of all Sexual Orientations. Let’s now do what we know in our hearts we should do, and that is to re-elect President Barack Obama on Tuesday, November 06, 2012.

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