Seriously, Sarah Palin. Just Shut Up.


Every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth or sits at her computer keyboard, there’s a good bet that something stupid is going to come out. On her Facebook page she wishes everyone a happy Martin Luther King day and adds on this extraneous bit of idiocy:

Happy MLK, Jr. Day!

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card.

When exactly has President Obama ever “played the race card”? And what does it even mean to “play the race card”? To suggest that racism still exists. To speak in Palin’s favored vernacular: Golly gee, imagine that. Racism does still exist, youbetcha *wink*. This is almost certainly in response to a perfectly accurate and reasonable statement from Obama in a recent interview with the New Yorker, where he said:

“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President,” Obama said. “Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black President.”

Wow, what a shocking use of the “race card.” Seriously Sarah Palin, can you just shut up now?

Comments

  1. tbp1 says

    You have to remember that for Sarah Palin and other Tea Partiers, absolutely anything the President says or does is presumptively evil, and so any negative adjective you want to apply is correct, even when it’s objectively wrong.

  2. Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach says

    According to my Palin translator, “playing the race card” translates into “mentioning, obliquely or directly, in-whole or in-part, anything racist done or said by any of the racists who are a part of, or even tangentially related to, the the Rethug party”. Anything racist done by Dems is assumed to be fair game.

  3. says

    “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President,” Obama said. “Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black President.”

    That whole bit – especially the last 2 words, is a coded racist dog-whistle aimed at people like Palin. Can’t you see it?

  4. says

    I doubt Palin wrote this Tweet herself. The sentence structure is too coherent and there are no cutesy abbreviations that would be perfectly fine if it were written by a 14-year-old girl.

  5. says

    Aside from his recent remarks in that interview–which have been completely distorted by the usual right-wing hacks–keep in mind it’s an article of faith in the same quarters that Obama has been relentlessly pushing race since before he was elected. A host of innocent and even banal comments (e.g. his sympathetic remarks about Trayvon Martin, his (entirely justified) expression of anger at the arrest of Professor Gates) have all been attacked as “playing the race card.” So we have this angry black Obama of right-wing fantasy–a very odd creation when it’s considered that Obama has done precious little to address the specific problems of blacks. Perhaps he’s afraid that pushing harder on the inequities of the criminal justice system, or the still-widespread discrimination in housing and employment will lead to his being pegged as some kind of race hustler. I would say to him that he’s already pegged as a race hustler–so why not at least bully-pulpit a little harder on behalf of the victims of these inequities?

  6. says

    I mention the “bully pulpit” because a president is very limited in what he or she can do about persistent discrimination; in a rational world, Congress would be trying to remedy these problems. But, however little the bully pulpit is worth (and it’s probably not much), Obama could at least publicize these injustices more aggressively than he has. It might help if more Americans were aware of the persistence of systemic racial bias.

  7. bahrfeldt says

    Ed says “Every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth or sits at her computer keyboard, there’s a good bet that something stupid is going to come out.” That is why we like to hear more from her.

    D. C. Wilson @5 says “I doubt Palin wrote this Tweet herself. The sentence structure is too coherent and there are no cutesy abbreviations that would be perfectly fine if it were written by a 14-year-old girl”. I can believe that. Although one would expect that a functioning middle school aged boy or girl would soon grow out of such goofiness.

  8. says

    Mr. President…no more playing the race card.

    …says the willfully ignorant cracker who participated in Glenn Beck’s hog-attention-and-trample-all-over-King’s-legacy rally in DC.

  9. scienceavenger says

    @3 and @12 Nonsense. “Playing the race card” means treating as racist and relevant, anything other than calling someone a n*gg*r. For example: Want to do away with Sunday voting? Fine. Someone claims its racist? Did anyone involved call anyone a n*gg*r? No? Then the charge of racism is “playing the race card”.

  10. ehmm says

    Gee, I wonder where Palins righteous preemptive scolding was when phrases like “halfrican”, “affermative action president”, “terrorist fist jab” or “deep seated hatred of white people” were being thrown around by sycophant loudmouths from her side of the aisle. How about that psychotic woman at the McCain/Palin rally who wouldn’t vote for Obama because “he’s an arab”? Or the crown that started booing when McCain politely tried to shut that nonsense down?

    She’s a political troll. Begging for attention. Desperately trying to stay relevant. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  11. Dexeron says

    Ms. Palin,

    I’ll stop “playing the race card” as soon as you stop being a fucking racist.. Deal?

    You betcha.

  12. ehmm says

    @19
    I’ve got some pretty conservative friends (by Canadian standards) up there who don’t seem to have a lot of admiration for her. That’s an endorsement Harper does not need.

  13. a_ray_in_dilbert_space says

    I believe that in tight-assed whitey vernacular, “Don’t play the race card” translates to “Don’t mention the previous 500 years of slavery, Jim Crow, institutionalized racism and lynching/Stand-your-ground.”

    At least that’s what I get from Google Translate.

  14. says

    I disagree with the headline. As gay rights activist Dan Savage said in a recent podcast, every time Sarah Palin says something, she makes the Republicans look worse, and it’s a plus for progressives.

  15. says

    When exactly has President Obama ever “played the race card”?

    He hasn’t, but every single time he’s mentioned anything at all about race, however trivial or true, this has been interpreted by conservatives as Obama “playing the race card”. For example, when he mentioned in an off-hand way during the 2008 nomination that he doesn’t look like most presidents that you see on money, this was “playing the race card”, because he brought up the fact that he’s black. When the Trayvon Martin affair became national news, Obama mentioned that if he had a son it would look like Treyvon. This was “playing the race card”, because it reminded people that Treyvon and Obama are both black. Believe it or not, these are their top two examples.

  16. Thumper: Token Breeder says

    “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President,” Obama said. “Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black President.”

    That’s a reasoned statement of fact, not playing the…. Oh. Yeah, “playing the race card” is just “mentioning that race affects subjective viewpoints” to these people, isn’t it? I forget.

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