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Sarah Palin’s Got a Fear of Asians

Former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has a fear of Asians and Asian Americans.  In an article reported on the Huffington Post:

Palin’s father, Chuck Heath, gave a different account to Conroy and Walshe. According to him, the presence of so many Asians and Pacific Islanders made her uncomfortable: “They were a minority type thing and it wasn’t glamorous, so she came home.”

Palin, who attended four different universities and colleges to complete her Bachelor’s, felt uncomfortable in Hawaii, whose population primarily consists of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage.  She felt out of place in a state where white was not the majority.  In recalling her undergraduate experiences, Palin claimed to have most preferred her last school of attendance, the University of Idaho, which she considered “much like Alaska yet still ‘Outside.’ ”  In other words, Palin feels most comfortable at a place populated by a majority of white people — people she deemed to be just like her.

All this is coming from a former governor of Alaska, a former vice presidential candidate of the Republican party.  Palin, who embodies the socially conservative views, ideas and beliefs of the Republican party, appeals to those who also identify as Republican.  It’s only evidence to believe that the Republican party as a whole is falling further and further away from what the founding fathers had envisioned the party to be — a political party who in its earliest years had leaders who believed in and fought for civil rights — into a party of moral decline and social regression; a party whose values and actions are slowly becoming synonymous with white nationalism.


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Recession Racism

On November 30, the New York Times posted an interesting article titled “In Job Hunt, College Degree Can’t Close Racial Gap“.  Overall, it was an informative and useful article in identifying the tremendous amounts of racial discrimination in the workplace that still is rampant in the United States, as well as painting a portrait of pity for the African American men interviewed for the article.  What this NY Times article is lacking, however, is the recognition of why this racial disparity in hiring practices continues to exist.  Instead of explaining why this problem exists, the article does a fantastic job of tiptoeing around it, stating:

“Discrimination in many cases may not even be intentional, some job seekers pointed out, but simply a matter of people gravitating toward similar people, casting about for the right “cultural fit,” a buzzword often heard in corporate circles.

There is also the matter of how many jobs, especially higher-level ones, are never even posted and depend on word-of-mouth and informal networks, in many cases leaving blacks at a disadvantage. A recent study published in the academic journal Social Problems found that white males receive substantially more job leads for high-level supervisory positions than women and members of minorities.”

It’s painfully obvious from this excerpt, and from the article as a whole, why an accomplished person of color is at a grave disadvantage when applying for a job in this country.  Not only is the country’s current ‘recession’ a factor in the grim employment rate of people of color, but the fact that corporate America relies on institutionalized racism ensures that the grim employment rate of people of color stays just that.  America’s richest and most successful has been built on the backs of people of color, all the while denying those people truly equal opportunity to achieve, or at least to make a decent living in a respectable job.  Until we are able to admit that the reason we have such an enormous racial gap in the workplace due to a system of institutionalized racism controlled by a few powerful white elites, this disadvantageous gap will continue to exist.

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