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Palin To Black Person: Todd & I Live With Racial Discrimination, Too!

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We know today has been video-heavy, but this one, THIS ONE is the ticket, right here. A black fellow tells Sarah Palin that he is the only minority at her rally and asks how this can be improved upon. Palin replies that she knows what racism is like, because Todd is native Alaskan and, get this, “We live it.” Oh gosh golly, do we really only have a matter of hours left with this nut? [CNN iReport via Ben Smith]

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  • Texan Bulldoggette

    From Josh Marshall at TPM. I couldn’t have said it better myself:

    “Palin wasn’t simply unprepared for intense scrutiny of a national campaign. The woman is an ignoramus of almost unprecedented magnitude in the annals of national politics.”

  • norbizness

    What’s the native Alaskan stereotype? Corrupt, know-nothing fundamentalist nutcases whose ladybits are not unlike clown cars? OH MY GOSH I’M RACIST.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    Oh no. Barry’s grandma died–so close to seeing him win. How sad for him.

  • slappypaddy

    clueless, utterly clueless…

  • Worlds End

    [re=161622]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: :(

  • Gopherit

    I heard she tried to give Todd a smallpox blanket for his last birthday.

  • WonderWomyn


  • SuperRounder

    The First Dude’s status as a minority is clearly holding him back.

  • Neon Trotsky


  • CrunchyKnee

    Martin Luther King Jr. was a republican and a native Alaskan.

  • Worlds End


  • Gopherit

    [re=161622]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: I heard she tried to give Todd a smallpox blanket for his last birthday.

    Countdown to the Righttards calling her death a conspiracy to get the sympathy vote in 3….2…

  • BillyClubb

    So, according to Sarah Palin Alaskans are a race? It’s just too bad the black guy asking the question was filmed from the back — I bet his non-verbal response to her question was “You stupid imbecile”.

  • emberglance

    “The Constitution preaches…” the.. whuh?

    Whatever happened to separation of Church and State.

  • Barack Like Me

    Oh, The Sean Hannity just announced that Obama’s grandmother just died.

    He actually managed to sound civil.

    My condolences to Barry and the rest of his family that didn’t live to see how far he got.

  • Keram2

    Q: “Oh gosh golly, do we really only have a matter of hours left with this nut?”

    A: Hopefully.

  • lovekills

    Obamas grandmother just passed away

  • ManchuCandidate

    It is hard being a half retarded Jeebus luving Dominionist Diva and a half witted dumbass millionaire (WTF!) who mixes private vendettas with public bidnez. She sure has one upped the black guy and that whole slavery/Jim Crow/racism thing.

  • ph7

    Snow machinists walked arm in arm with the Jews and Blacks in Selma.

  • Custerwolf

    They live being racisit??? Wow, I believe that’s Palin’s first candid response!

  • fuckinredneck

    This black guy at the palin rally should just be glad he wasn’t lynched by the crowd!

  • Skip2theEnd

    Did no one tell the black man that he should just be grateful Republican rallies are no longer segregated? At least not on purpose…

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    [re=161635]Gopherit[/re]: Sad, but that’s exactly what I was thinking. What, grandma couldn’t hang on one more day?? What’s the matter with her? Barry probably had the hospice worker put a pillow over her face.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=161646]lovekills[/re]: That hurts.

  • greatgooglymoogly

    [re=161622]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: From the RNC: “We abhor this disgraceful appeal to sentimentality by Senator Obama’s campaign, in what can only be seen as a brazen attempt to not only wrest control of the Hawaii vote, which until now had been very close, but also, and perhaps especialy, to steal the sympathy of older voters everywhere whose own lives depend on the outcome of this important election. We intend to fully investigate to see what role, if any, Senator Obama may have played in bringing about this shameful act, so close to the election deadline. Unless she’s illegal. Then, screw her.”

    From everyone else: Sad and truly heartfelt condolences.

  • sarahconnor

    Too bad for Sarah, the right answer would have been, “we need to spread the race around”…

  • Meth Lab for Cutie

    Todd is part of a minority – fewer than half the men in Alaska have had sexytime with Sarah.

  • WadISay

    In addition to the sub-titles, this video should show the thought balloon above the black Secret Service agent standing behind Palin (Must remember…oath of office…could…kill with…single blow…).

  • SwanSwanH

    Yup’ik Eskimos need not apply.

  • Barack Like Me

    Oh, The Sean Hannity just announced that Obama’s grandmother just died.

    He actually managed to sound civil.

    My condolences to Barry and the rest of his family that didn’t live to see how far he got.

    [re=161635]Gopherit[/re]: You’re about 2 weeks late on your “… 3, 2…” count:


    This one’s a gem:

    Fuck these people.

  • Godot

    [re=161662]Meth Lab for Cutie[/re]: I question the validity of your statistics.

  • greatgooglymoogly

    [re=161665]WadISay[/re]: “In addition to the sub-titles, this video should show the thought balloon above the black Secret Service agent standing behind Palin (Must remember…oath of office…could…kill with…single blow…).”

    Yes. Or at least a disembodied black hand slowly reaching up to strangle her, only to be forcibly drawn back by a SS goon.

  • Custerwolf

    I think ‘Toot’ – knowing how this was all gonna work out anyway – decided to leave the theatre early to enjoy a few sasparillas….

  • middleamerican

    Please go away, Sarah. Now.

  • Schadenfried

    Seeing the the First Dude is only part Native American, and the “one-drop” rule really hasn’t applied to anyone else other than Africans in this country, isn’t he just another white guy?

    [re=161622]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Say it ain’t so :(.

  • Schadenfried

    [re=161670]Barack Like Me[/re]: Does anyone one know how to make a google bomb, with the words “freepers” “freerepublic.com” and “mental illness?”

  • answerbird

    Sarah is the perfect Rovian politician, will repeat any line you give her and has the ability to lie without blinking an eye. Scary thing is, I think she actually believes her bullshit. It took a while, but the Grumpy/Dopey act is finally catching up to them. Hopey is only 3% back in Alaska”
    Hayes Alaska poll. It would be pretty funny if Obama wins Arizona and Alaska!

  • sarahconnor

    [re=161679]Custerwolf[/re]: OMG, that is the cutest thing I’ve ever read on Wonkette! I can’t believe I just used “cutest” and “Wonkette” in the same sentence, but there you go! God bless YOU!

  • sarahconnor

    There is something oddly poetic about Toots passing during peak comments on this posted item.

  • Meth Lab for Cutie

    [re=161673]Godot[/re]: Hey, no fair trying to infringe on my First Amendment rights!

  • Roger Mexico, Actuary

    maybe the whole “milf” thing will go with her and i’ll be able to stop throwing up all of the time

  • EnBuenOra

    Yeah, and every redneck cussing about how much he hates n-‘s but isn’t racist claims to be 1/18 Cherokee or Choctaw or whatever.

  • V572625694

    [re=161656]Skip2theEnd[/re]: That’s funny because until the Depression (the “Great” one, not the current mess the Republicans have created) most Blacks in America who could vote voted Republican. Sounds ridiculous to say it after Chimpy’s wild ride to ruination, but it used to be the Party of Lincoln.

  • Sgt. Semanski

    Brad the Black for Congress!

  • funkyj

    Following the ‘Russian Doll’ theory of removing a scandal from national consciousness by creating a new bigger scandal, Dan Quayle can rest easy now that Palin has taken over the mantle of the biggest idiot to even get close to the office of VP.

    Normally history only remembers you if you actually get into the office (e.g. Quayle) but I think an exception will be made for Palin.

  • hedgehog

    [re=161618]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: The “annals of American politics”? Now you’re talking! I’d hit that wheelbarrow-style.

  • chascates

    Todd is only 1/8th Eskimo but Sarah is 100% clueless.

  • FreshCliches

    “…and if you go up to Alaska, we have a problem with Todd…”

    Why should Alaska be any different? We have a problem with the Palins in the lower 48 as well.

  • JadedDIssonance

    [re=161679]Custerwolf[/re]: Absolutely Charming. I see her now, all frills and fizzy giggles, sloshing the mugs on the table with her cheers from the roped-off heavenly seating area.

  • Deepthroat

    wait, Todd is an Eskimo?

  • ChrissMari

    Wait what?

  • Jenna’s Sloppy Seconds

    They must have some keen insights on the rabid epidemic of eskimo-on-eskimo crime threatening the very fabric of everyday life in Alaska. Please Sarah and Todd, please speak out before it is too late!

  • nurple

    Are Alaska natives like Hawaii natives, getting a nice fat check every month? WELFARE!

  • ChrissMari

    oh according to Wikipedia Alaskan is a race

    According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 69.3% of single-race Alaska residents were White and 15.6% were Native American or Alaska Native

  • problemwithcaring

    If Todd and Sarah “live” being a minority in Alaska, I think her message to that young man is clear: “Don’t bring yo black ass to Alaska, jungle bunny!”

  • S.Luggo

    [re=161770]Deepthroat[/re]: Just like the Mighty Quinn.

  • AliBabaInBA

    I will not watch the clip. I just can’t stomach another word from that shit-bucket.
    I do look forward, however, as I’m in Argentina, to hearing her concession speech in Spanish.
    I won’t know wtf she’ll be saying and neither will the poor soul that will attempt to interpret it.
    ‘Probably sound like the way I speak it.
    Won’t matter much, anyway, ’cause me and the other expats will be well and truly drunk before the first returns.
    Many Happy Returns!

  • totoro

    The situation will be “improved” when that guy takes the handkerchief off his head and leaves the rally and then that party, and stop making Palin uncomfortable by having to talk to a black guy after whipping up the crowd chanting “McCain not Hussein.”

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Jim: You should have printed the full quote.

    “We live it,” said Governor Palin, “Why I remember once waking up to find a burning cross on our lawn one day when I was mayor. Of course it turned out to just be an invitation to the latest “Fire for Jesus: Book Burning and Witch Hunting Extravaganza” down at my church. Still, for a moment, I knew what it felt like to be hated for my looks. Which is similar to black folks being hated because their skins are darken by their sins.”

  • Das Storminator

    Todd is like 1/8th Alaskan Native, which is about the same as my white ass (except my token minorityness is from the Carolinas).

  • blader

    jesus fucking christ!

    that petty, pedantic response from that empty-headed bitch fucking enrages me so much that if I were actually a negro, I’d probably run out and start a riot, rape a bunch of maidens, &C and so forth

    jesus fucking christ!

  • larz

    I work in HR and have yet to see “Alaskan” as a protected class.

  • ChrissMari

    [re=161813]blader[/re]: white people can riot and rape too! Just do it in the name of the Negro!

  • GlennBecksTaint

    So Todd is a minority AND a secessionist? How post-modern n shit.

  • ella

    “The Constitution preaches Todd is Alaskan”??? With anyone else I’d think words were missing. White Oprah, go home and stfu.

  • Deepthroat

    That black dude is a pussy.

  • Gorillionaire

    So all this time Bible Spice has been gettin it on with some hot interracial action?

  • Putz

    This is so insulting. Todd can hide his ethnicity when convenient and trot it out when it’s not. He doesn’t know what it feels like for people who don’t have choice, that biotch just slapped us in the face.

  • problemwithcaring

    [re=161863]Gorillionaire[/re]: I know OMG! Don’t tell the Fucking Redneck he knocked up a minority Mulatto…

  • Oh hell to the no

    Okay, so Bristol Palin is, in fact, another unwed pregnant teen minority?
    Bill is going to be so pissed off when he has to retract his endorsement of her irresponsibility.

  • miss_emish

    Aluet or Alaskan Native is on the US census. They do exist, and up in Alaska, Natives DO experience prejudice along the same lines other Native Americans experience in the lower 48, i.e. lazy/fat/alcoholics. No snark here folks, just lettin’ ya now. Palin is still a damn fool though.

  • Toomush Infermashun

    I know what she means – I’m part Swede in an Midwestery of Norwegians and Germans….it’s hard… of course, this is why I don’t attend any Palin rallies, either!

  • Mr. Herpes

    Ya’ll don’t get it. People who believe in speaking in tongues and that the Earth is only 6,000 years old DO FEEL PERSECUTED by the educated majority who laugh at their quaint, trust-in-Jesus ways. That’s why Moosegirl can say it without blinking. She believes it. Of course, she also believes that jackasses spoke, that Jonah had to ride to Nineva in the belly of a whale, and that God drowned the world because it was evil but He was good. (Say what?)

  • Kev-O-Tron

    I’m amazed that the guy asking the question is so agreeable about the answer. He has this look on his face like “oh wow. That makes complete sense… yea, I never thought about it that way… hmm…Alaskans are probably only, like, 2/5 of a person…”

  • Contented Dissatisfaction



  • Min

    So, does that mean Todd Palin is part moose?

  • Wordsmith

    Todd is like Alaskan…. hmmm. He’s 1/8 Yupik. My older brother is 50% Inuqiat and trust me, he looks it. (My father got married while stationed in Alaska to a woman who was Inuqiat) Trust me – those white Alaskans treat the native Alaskans like you might guess – not well. Todd, by being “1/8” may or may get money for being that 1/8, along with other eligibility questions regarding specific benefits..

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Today we are all half-Eskimo.

  • rocktonsammy

    There are days when I wish I could mistake her for a baby seal.

  • Mara47

    [re=161670]Barack Like Me[/re]: Fuck these people.

    No thanks.

  • Doctorb

    [re=161955]Mr. Herpes[/re]: I believe jackasses speak even now. I refer you to every post at NRO, for example.

  • Mara47

    I can’t scream SHUDDUP BITCH loudly enough to satisfy my need to rupture something over this arrogant moron.

  • jilly

    Toomush: Funny you should say that, I’m a Norwegian surrounded by Swedes and a few Finns. And I’m not 1/8 Norwegian, but fucking 100%. They criticize the way I make the lefse and the type of lye I marinate the cod in for teh lutefisk. So, ya know, I live the horror of it every day, just like the blacks do. Speaking of which, I’m surprised the McPalin campaign brownshirts even let that black guy into the rally, much less allowed him near enough to talk. I smell a PR hoax here.

  • Rush

    Let’s be sure to get all of our last minutes pokes at Barbie. After tomorrow, she’s going away and will never be heard from again. After an Epic Fail like she’s become part of, there is no way those that lead the Bitterz will want her back (think Dan Quayle). 2012 will never happen.

    D. Gergen

  • El Topo

    Shit-for-brains morans have never been a minority in this country.

  • Mistrez_Mish

    [re=161811]Das Storminator[/re]: I know! What total and udder bullshit! I’m not going around “on noez my great great great granny was Cree and even though I’m super pasty white – I’m livin of fear of the racisim – save me now! oh lordy! I feel your pain.” Some one needs to duct tape her fucking trashy mouth shut. must… not… scream

  • the invisible woman

    [re=161683]Schadenfried[/re]: Usually, there are strict rules about officially claiming Native American identity so who knows where the First Dude really stands in Alaska. But didn’t Palin’s white Alaska Native relations expert resign last months because she thought her administration was racially insensitive. That’s not quite “living racism”

    Also, hasn’t she heard of passing for white? Todd Palin is exhibit A for that.

  • loganmo

    And the black guy agrees….does that make him an Uncle Tom (Teddy?)

  • zenferretwork

    [re=162070]Wordsmith[/re]: Minority set asides for business contracts. Yup, he and Bible Spice qualify.

  • the invisible woman

    [re=162168]loganmo[/re]: Yes.

  • Danko Ramone

    As much as I am tired of Palin, and aggravated by her presence on the Replican ticket over the mockery it makes of our nation, I have to give her credit; she never, ever fails to come up something new and every bit as stupid as she has in the past. She NEVER runs out of material.


  • Hagar7

    Amazing that we’ve never heard of The Trials and Tribulations of Todd Palin, Inuit, before. He must be like all of those blonde, blue-eyed kids in my high school class who suddenly discovered a Cherokee great-grand-parent just in time to fill out college applications.

  • LittlePinky82

    WTF? And I agree with Hagar7 and was my thought too. Why have we never heard of this before? Pathetic isn’t it?

  • LittlePinky82

    [re=161632]Neon Trotsky[/re]: Hmm I wonder if that’s why there’s BRAAAAD!!?

  • 1ofUS

    [re=161670]Barack Like Me[/re]: Whoa…that’s why I never go to these sites. There’s some serious sickness there. Let all the non-violent prisoners go so we can make room for these sick people in an assisted living kind of environment where they can get help.

  • guangho

    I live in a predominantly Hispanic area and to make sure that my political career takes off, I’m now Venezuelan.

  • Jukesgrrl

    Does his snow machine team get a government subsidy?

  • S.Luggo


    Dream on. Dan Quayle still has difficulty spelling his first name (even if given a clue at the first vowel.)
    Palin has locked up for 2012:
    1. The Aleutian Islands and Wyoming.
    2. The Hilbot man-annoyed Pumas.
    3. The NRA, America’s own internal terrorist force.
    4. The Fundamentalists, and all those who believe that Bristol’s condition was just a loving mother’s chance rather than an example of maternal neglect.
    5. William Kistol, a man with all the intellectual substance of KoolWhip.

  • HomoElectus

    i wonder if it was that harrowing experience of living with racism that helped shape sarah palin’s passionate feminism.

  • S.Luggo

    Zero = Zero
    Snark plus.

  • One Yield Regular

    I want her to be strapped down to repeated viewings of “Addio Zio Tom” with those Clockwork Orange thingys prying her eyes open. Not that her eyes will ever be open, pried or not.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=162082]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: 1/8th.
    I know people who, by descent, are a one-eight graduate of state land grant college. They live in fear that someone might ask them to milk a cow. Yet, they live with it.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=162258]guangho[/re]: 1/8th?

  • ironyisoverrated

    Really I think she just talked to Brad because she assumed he’d renew her witch protection…

    How disappointin’!

    Anyway, too bad it’s too late for Hopey to start running ads about Parah Salin’ calling her fellow Alaskans racists, ala John Murtha?

  • Deennaa

    As an Alaska “Native” I will tell you that the only racial discrimination Palin lives with is the discrimination she CREATES against the REAL Alaska Natives. Read this: http://alaskareal.blogspot.com -written by another one of our many & varied Alaska Natives. The REAL Palin is not someone ANY minority would want to see in her true unbridled visciousness towards those who come up against her in any way, shape or form. Blood quantum is not the measure of what it means to be a “native american or american Indian”. We have many Natives who are 1/8 blood quantum & less but who have been brought up solidly in the CULTURE of our peoples & who can even speak our languages. Todd Palin is far from being raised in our cultural ways and speaking his Yupik language. He contributed NOTHING to all of our great battles to retain what is left of our ways. He was raised white. No REAL NATIVE in their right mind would have married such a racist as Palin. Period.

    BTW: Our Native peoples names are Dene(Athabascan Indian-Interior Alaska), Thlingit(South East Alaskan Indian), Tsimsian(SE Alaskan Indian), Haida (SE Alaskan Indian), Inupaq or Inupiaq – (Northern Alaskan “eskimo”), Yupik (Western Alaskan “eskimo”), Alutiq or Aleut (related to Yupik “eskimo” (Aleutian chain & Southwestern Alaska). We cover the entire massive state of Alaska. One more BTW: you will not hear the “real PEOPLES” (what our indigenous names for ourselves translate to) – you will never hear us relate to ourselves by the white anthropological terms unless we are speaking to whites or joking amongst ourselves and do not use the terminology “eskimo” – another white label.

    The most dangerous thing of all about Palin is that she is a charming sociopath – without conscience; hence her ability to lie without “blinking”. It appears she appeals to all racists whose largest trait is ignorance along with the immature hysteria to need to be led just by that psuedo leadership. America this is what you will get if you vote for her & McCain. It is possible to be worse than Bush. Or equally as bad. This will be your future. We Natives have lived with this for time out of mind in racist “america”. What a travesty beyond words.

  • tremendous

    “i’m the only minority here”

    “fuck you, you not see my nigga Todd hangin’ back here? You betcha he knows about bein’ oppressed n’ snow machines n’ shit”

  • Skip2theEnd

    V572625694: Yes, I’m aware of that fact. Speaking of Lincoln, it’s interesting to point out that the ceremony dedicating the Lincoln Memorial when it was completed was in fact segregated. Perhaps that was the end of the Republican Party of Lincoln and the beginning of the Republican Party of Strom Thurman and his god-niece Sarah Palin.

  • huffybike

    I love this womaaaaaan! http://tinyurl.com/5vte9b

    Seriously: I’ll miss her.

  • ironyisoverrated

    Really, out of 1000 people, how many would, by sight, peg Todd Palin as being a Native Alaskan? None, I’m guessing. So how does one face discrimination when they “pass” as part of the dominant culture?

    Have I been ill treated by Finnish Americans all these years because of my Swedish Great Grandmother and not realized it?

    Or do they make octoroons wear a special ID patch up there or something?

  • S. Heaton

    I’m no Palin supporter and her answer was disproportionate to the only black guy standing in a room – in all seriousness, do you think she was referring to her husband’s partial native american ancestry or was it really as stupid as Alaska?