Sarah Palin’s Ignorance, Racism, and Sexist Attitudes Obvious from a Single Post


The fact that Sarah Palin is a bigot, ignorant, or destructive to women is indisputable.  For six years this blog has been dedicated to the documentation of her ignorance, bigotry and the multitude of things she has said and done that were contrary to the best interest of women.  From her requirement of rape victims to pay for their rape exam kits, to her attire, it is clear that she works to reinforce the image of herself a one hot, ignorant woman.
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In a single Facebook post Sarah, has demonstrated her bigotry, ignorance, and lack of respect for educated professional women.  In her Oct. 5th post “Conservatives Need Not Apply” Palin attacks the Smithsonian in the creation of the new “African American museum.”
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Instead of taking this opportunity to pretend that she cares about Black Lives, Palin has gone on the offensive.  Instead of mentioning the importance of the recognition that Black Lives Matter, Palin is critical of the museum for who was not included in the people recognized by the museum.  Here is a list of just a few of the items that museum has accumulated to document the tortured history and accomplishments of African Americans in our country:
Yet Palin doesn’t mention any of these.  Instead she complains that Clarence Thomas was not included, and the it was the result of liberals who ignore the fact that there are conservative Blacks.  Palin didn’t mention that there was no recognition of Anita Hill, the African American woman who testified about the fact that Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her.  Palin also failed to complain that the museum does not mention Herman Cain or Bill Cosby.
The offensive nature of this post is overwhelming.  Palin’s ignorance of the real issues is astonishing!

 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

The early reports regarding the National Museum of African American History  are that it is fantastic.  Justice Clarence Thomas is mentioned in the museum, but so is Anita Hill.  The museum highlights Anita Hill’s accusations against Thomas.  The new Smithsonian, which opened in September, gives Hill pride of place in an exhibit on blacks in the 1990s. The exhibit features testimonies trumpeting her courage and the surge of women’s activism that ensued, while making only peripheral reference to the nation’s second black Supreme Court justice.”

By taking sides with Thomas, and suggesting that he should have been lauded as the first Black Justice to the Supreme Court, Sarah Palin shows her ignorance of the underlying controversy, and her commitment to disparage Blacks in America.  If Thomas was guilty of sexually harassing Anita Hill, then his prominence in the museum would be analogous to a Bill Cosby exhibit and a Herman Cain exhibit.  Each could have a prominent picture of each famous Black man, and then pictures of each of the women they sexually harassed and/or raped.

Consider what we now know about the Thomas/Hill scandal.

  1.   Hill is an attorney and serves at Brandeis University as a Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’t Studies.
  2.   She worked with Thomas at the US Department of Education and the Equal Employment Commission.
  3.   Thomas’ character was a primary consideration for his appointment as he had served for slightly more than one year as a judge before the appointment.
  4.   It was a private interview of Anita Hill by the FBI that was leaked to the press which lead to HIll’s testimony.
  5. Hill was called to testify publicly in interrogation before Congress.  Thus it was not an attempt by Anita Hill to thwart confirmation.
  6. According to Hill, during her two years of employment as Thomas’s assistant, Thomas spoke about…such matters as women having sex with animals and films showing group sex or rape scenes,” she said, adding that on several occasions Thomas graphically described “his own sexual prowess” and the details of his anatomy.[5] Hill also recounted an instance in which Thomas examined a can of Coke on his desk and asked, “Who has put pubic hair on my Coke?”[5] During court session, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch implied that “Hill was working in tandem with “slick lawyers” and interest groups bent on destroying Thomas’ chances to join the court”.  John Doggett an acquaintance of both Hill and Clarence called her charge “completely unfounded” and added when she chastised him not being on her side that he felt “she was somewhat unstable” and suspects histrionic personality disorder for herattention seeking.[15]
  7. Four female witnesses waited outside the hearings to support Hill’s credibility, but they were not called,[13][16] due to what the Los Angeles Times described as a private, compromise deal between Republicans and the Senate Judiciary CommitteeChair, Democrat Joe Biden.[17] According to Time magazine, one of the witnesses, Angela Wright, may not have been considered credible on the issue of sexual harassment because she had been fired from the EEOC by Thomas.[16]
  8. Hill agreed to take a polygraph test. The results supported the veracity of her statements;[18] Thomas declined the test.
  9.  After extensive debate, the United States Senate confirmed Thomas to the Supreme Court by a vote of 52–48, the narrowest margin since the 19th century.[16][21][dead link]
  10. Hill’s grandparents were born into slavery.[6]
  11. It was Joe Biden who refused to call witnesses who would’ve supported Hill’s claims.  Almost twenty years later, America still fails victims of sexual harassment and abuse.
  12. Justice Thomas had an obsessive interest in pornography. 
  13. The author of a book about the scandal, has now admitted he lied.

 

To mark the opening of the museum to the public, the 99-year-old daughter of a former slave, Ruth Bonners, and her seven-year-old granddaughter joined the president and first lady Michelle Obama to ring the Freedom Bell, which is believed to be from the first black baptist church in the US, founded in 1776.

 

 

We still live in a country with a legal system that is, at times, ill-equipped to handle the aftermath of sexual harassment and violence, and an atmosphere in which victims are still reticent to speak up, because they know the costs are often far greater than the rewardsHill was also torn apart by elements of the press and general public. Pundit David Brock infamously described Hill as “a little bit nutty and a little slutty.” And as Hill told the NYTimes in October 1991, she faced consistent harassment as a result of her testimony.  Given the recent scandals surrounding Bill Cosby and Hermain Cain it isn’t surprising that nobody believed Anita Hill at the time.  When it comes to the treatment of women in 2016, our “hang-ups” are still many. But if Hill’s legacy, and its retelling in “Confirmation” can drive one thing home, it’s that there is power in speaking up.

Hopefully that power is equally important to shine a light on the malicious and destructive nature of all things Palin.  She is a destructive force for women.  Both professional educated women, and dedicated mothers wish she would go away.  Sarah Palin represents all that is destructive for women.

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  1. And that is the core of racism by whites. Palin is using race as the sole qualification for admission into the Black History Museum.
    The next idiotic post by Palin will be a request to put Stella Kubler in a Holocaust museum because she was Jewish. Ignore the fact that she turned over between 600 and 3,000 members of the jewish Underground to the Nazis.

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