The year was 1984. Sarah Palin lost in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant to Maryline Blackburn.
Some speculate that that contest was the beginning of Sarah’s distaste for African Americans. Regardless, it seems that Sarah failed to use that loss as a learning tool. Years later when she competed with John McCain she lost again. Instead of losing gracefully she became hateful and single minded in her quest for retribution against Barack Obama. Not only did she criticize any political positions of Obama, Palin blamed Obama for her son’s arrest for domestic violence, and for the Gulf Oil Spill. Even Bill O’Reilly was appalled that Palin would condemn Obama for the leak.
It seems the similarities between Palin and Blackburn continue. Both have run for City Council and both won their elections by less than 100 votes, Palin by 95 votes, and Blackburn by 72 votes. However that’s where the similarities end. Palin had an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Alaskans, but she quit. Blackburn has dedicated herself to making a difference. She recently became Smyrna’s city council member. A year before that, she tried her hand at politics for the first time. She unsuccessfully ran for the state House of Representatives’ District 34 seat. In spite of the loss, she persisted and ran for another political position, winning this time.
However the bigger difference between Palin and Blackburn is not the color of their skin, or the fact that Palin is a quitter and Blackburn persevered. Blackburn used her status as a celebrity to start a charitable foundation. Conversely, Palin used her status as a celebrity to make money for herself
and her family.
Blackburn started her non-profit “Divas With a Cause” in 2011. It operates as a way for female singers to come together and raise awareness about a variety of topics.
“DIVAS WITH A CAUSE (DWAC) is a musical fundraising collaboration of talented female vocalists that communicate, educate, raise awareness and funds in support of various non-profit charitable organizations, whose efforts in finding cures, aiding families, and sponsoring research commits them to enhance the quality of life in our communities.”
Imagine the good that Sarah could have done for kids with disabilities had she chosen to use her status to raise awareness for such kids. Instead Palin chose the path that has benefited nobody except herself.