“If Sarah Palin were black, her daughter’s out of wedlock, “baby daddy drama” would have been presented as an example of both pathological behavior and a dysfunctional family that is symbolic of the social problems in that community. If Sarah Palin were black, never would the poor decision making by the Palin family be marked off as challenges overcome, or deeds to be valorized. If Sarah Palin were black, her neo-secessionist husband would have been the death knell for her political career, because as we all know you can’t trust “those people.” If Sarah Palin were black, her lack of intellectual curiosity, willful and cultivated ignorance, and lack of grace both written and spoken, would not be taken as “folksy.” Instead, Palin would be viewed as unqualified for any public office. If Sarah Palin were black she would be tarred and feathered as an “affirmative action baby.”—
Just goes to show how far Palin’s whiteness can take her. Zero intellect, two high school drop-outs, an unwed teen mother, a quitter of the one major job she had. Master of hateful coded language targeting opponents as not “real Americans”. Belongs to a church outside of the mainstream. Still a top GOP candidate.
I got a really harsh wake-up call to this reality today; my organization runs a camp for kids in LA whose families otherwise can’t afford to send their kids anywhere for the summer, and I road the bus up to camp with them - those kids were amazing, hilarious, sweet, and mostly Latino/Latina and African American.
On the bus ride back (just me and the driver), I was actually lectured to by said driver for “just encouraging those folks” to be poor and unproductive. Never mind that the application process was a pain in the ass and these parents did it with never a word of complaint, never mind that I spoke to a dozen families who asked soft-spoken questions about what they should do if they couldn’t afford to buy their children a sleeping bag or sturdy hiking boots, never mind that every single one of the parents and grandparents and guardians and social workers responsible for these kids hung around for hours on a Monday morning to wave at their kids as the bus pulled out. None of that mattered, to that driver.
But don’t worry, I totally schooled that driver’s ass.
Every time Miss Honey sees someone walking towards her with tissues in their hand, she bolts. I’m sorry that we have to continue to wipe your face because you’re constantly drooling gnarly mucusy saliva..
“Have you heard, this new movie, the Batman movie—what is it, the Dark Knight Lights Up or something? Whatever the name of it is. That’s right, Dark Knight Rises, Lights Up, same thing. Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain in the Dark Knight Rises is named Bane. B-A-N-E. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran, and around which there’s now this make-believe controversy? Bain. The movie has been in the works for a long time, the release date’s been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental, that the name of the really vicious, fire-breathing, four-eyed, whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bane?”—