“So Sambo beat the bitch!”
This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
According to Lucille, the waitress serving her table at the time and who asked that her last name not be used, Gov. Palin was eating lunch with five or six people when the subject of the Democrat’s primary battle came up. The governor, seemingly not caring that people at nearby tables would likely hear her, uttered the slur and then laughed loudly as her meal mates joined in appreciatively.
“It was kind of disgusting,” Lucille, who is part Aboriginal, said in a phone interview after admitting that she is frightened of being discovered telling folks in the “lower 48” about life near the North Pole.
Then, almost with a sigh, she added, “But that’s just Alaska.”
Racial and ethnic slurs may be “just Alaska” and, clearly, they are common, everyday chatter for Palin.
Besides insulting Obama with a Step-N’-Fetch-It, “darkie musical” swipe, people who know her say she refers regularly to Alaska’s Aboriginal people as “Arctic Arabs” – how efficient, lumping two apparently undesirable groups into one ugly description – as well as the more colourful “mukluks” along with the totally unimaginative “f**king Eskimo’s,” according to a number of Alaskans and Wasillians interviewed for this article.
But being openly racist is only the tip of the Palin iceberg. According to Alaskans interviewed for this article, she is also vindictive and mean. We’re talking Rove mean and Nixon vindictive.
No wonder the vast sea of white, cheering faces at the Republican Convention went wild for Sarah: They adore the type, it’s in their genetic code. So much for McCain’s pledge of a “high road” campaign; Palin is incapable of being part of one.
I do not like quoting sources I have never heard of, but I will go out on a limb here and use this, because I think there is something here. When I googled Palin, sambo and bitch, I got a whole slew of hits. Nothing mainstream, yet, but I think this one could get some real traction.
Now I keep saying that I know women like Sarah Palin. I really do, and Palin saying these things would not surprise me. I live in an area that has a fairly high population of Native Americans, and I have heard many people around here use similar vulgarities to describe Native people. Timber or forest n*gger is common, American Arabs is coming into vogue, dirty or drunken Indian is an old favorite, and of course there is always the totally unimaginative f*cking Indians.
There are people who live in a different world than me. They see nothing wrong with calling people, who are different from them, names. When I lived in Iran, there were many Americans who called the Persian people ragheads. I could not understand why, as Iranians did not wear rags or anything else on their heads.