Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin passionately defends Dr. Laura's racist rant and use of the "n-word" on the radio. Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle thinks the color black is "thoroughly evil." And Orly Taitz hates President Obama so much that a federal judge fined her $20,000 for filing frivolous lawsuits challenging the president's citizenship.
What's going on here?
There appears to be a new women's political movement brewing in America these days, but not at all a healthy one for women, or politics, or for black people for that matter. I'm talking about the "mama grizzlies"-- including Sarah Palin and the women who admire her, the women in the Tea Party and the birther movements. And there are the women running for office from the far right wing of the Republican Party--the only wing that seems to remain of the party of Lincoln, not to mention Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, and Mary McLeod Bethune. But that was another time and another place.
Whenever you look around, it seems that one of these "mama grizzlies" has something horribly tasteless and offensive to say about black people. The question that we must ask is: is there something inherently anti-black about these loony ladies of the right?
There's no question that Sarah Palin, in those days of the 2008 presidential election campaign, brought attention to these new women of the right and elevated them from obscurity. As the Vice Presidential running mate of John McCain who was able to see Russia from her house, Palin saw a black-socialist-Muslim radical in the form of Barack Hussein Obama, and she didn't like what she saw. She said Obama was "palling around with terrorists" and he did not see the U.S. like other Americans. Such talk stirred up the crowds at the McCain-Palin events, which often doubled as retro pro-segregation pep rallies, with twenty-first century upgrades (fear of a black president as opposed to fear of integrated schools). One woman in one of these crowds was so emboldened that she told McCain Obama is "an Arab", to which McCain responded in disagreement, angering the mob, or rather crowd.
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