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added 9/24/08:  I just realized it is doubly shameful for McBush to pick Palin with this degree of racism up front...I was speaking with my Racist fil but got thru when I said "If Obama were your white son, graduating at the top of his class, law review, teach law school run for state legislature and win, US Senator, running for prez, you would be SOOOOO proud of him!!!!"  

No one has really been talking about racism in Alaska, because we know so little about it. Here is a blog by Anchorage native African American writer who has some serious questions about why Sarah Palin as governor ignored the requests of African American pastors to meet with her.

A recent meeting with the Rev. Alonzo B. Patterson of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Anchorage confirmed his part of the story. He stated that he had requested a meeting between the governor and members of the African-American community as soon as she took office. According to Patterson, Governor Palin said she would 'consider' the request. But after months of waiting and several follow-up letters repeating the invitation; four from Pastor Patterson and at least one from the Rev. Dr. William Greene, an officer of the local NAACP, the community heard nothing in response.

The writer goes on to say:

"At this point readers to the south of Alaska may need some background. When traveling in the 'lower 48', friends and acquaintances seem puzzled when I mention the African-American community in Alaska. Most of them are surprised that not only is there a significant African-American community, but there are also Samoan, Hawaiian, Korean, Hmong, Thai, and Hispanic communities to name a few. That is of course, in addition to our Alaska Native and Native American populations. The Anchorage School District reports that over 90 languages are spoken in our student's homes and though there are still more white students than any other single group, students of other racial groups make up over 50% of the school district's student population. This is the world we live in, at least some of us, here in Anchorage, where half of the population of the state of Alaska resides. It is in this context that invitations for dialogue with the African-American community have been ignored."

Palin according to these folks, who have lots to lose by speaking out, has apparently appointed very few if any African-Americans to posts in her administration.
Also, she has not rushed to give them access to public records to verify the actual number of state employees of various ethnic groups.

And, the Rev. Dr. Alonzo B. Patterson is a person that a governor in Alaska would be expected to take seriously. Pastor Patterson has resided in Alaska for 45 years. He is a veteran. He has held numerous offices in local, state and national church organizations and is the current coordinating director of the American Baptist Churches of Alaska, and president of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Foundation of Alaska. He has served at his current church for 38 years. He also served as chair of the Alaska Board of Paroles for 13 years and has enjoyed a communicative and constructive working relationship with mayors, governors and other elected officials in the past...So we have two examples of Palin ignoring concerns expressed by groups who were advocating for minority representation in her choices of appointees"

No one has actually gotten her to talk about anything important yet, so I wonder if she has any reason for the foot-dragging, without the curtesy of an official refusal to these Pastors and community members who happen to be minority.

Some of the reporters who are trying to find out who she is, especially in Alaska, could be asking questions in the ethnic communities and also in the sportsman's community.

Originally posted to dosaybe on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 06:37 AM PDT.

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  •  African Americans? (2+ / 0-)

    Lost cause. A recent poll showed them getting 1% of the Ohio vote.That's Ken Blackwell and his immediate family....

    We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14:

    by anastasia p on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 06:40:52 AM PDT

  •  It is so unbelievable (2+ / 0-)

    that they continue to get away with hiding Palin.  

    of course, there IS a lot to hide...

    "We struck down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not bickering!" - The Shoveler

    by Pandoras Box on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 06:45:06 AM PDT

  •  They should also ask the Indigenous Peoples of AK (4+ / 0-)

    Her record is incredibly far less than stellar among the Native American Peoples of Alaska.
    And that's putting it nicely.

    It's all in the numbers - register voters for Obama, Today! OBAMA/BIDEN '08!

    by Blue Waters Run Deep on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 06:45:19 AM PDT

  •  She was too busy to meet them -- (4+ / 0-)

    she had to stare out the window trying to see Russia.

    We have only just begun and none too soon.

    by global citizen on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 06:49:51 AM PDT

  •  Surprise, Surprise (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Liberals fall in love, conservatives fall in line

    by polticaljunkie on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 06:50:14 AM PDT

  •  This isn't a surprise (3+ / 0-)

    but glad you posted.

    McCain/Palin - Unstable and Unable Real leaders don't have to cram for the interviews!

    by on2them on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 06:56:07 AM PDT

  •  Maybe this is why her witch doctor (2+ / 0-)
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    rhetoricus, Yasuragi

    pastor has re-appeared. "See, I have a black pastor buddy...I can't be racist"

    Can't say I'm surprised she's been less than inclusive.

    "I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me, what is it exactly that the V.P. does every day?" GOP VP Candidate Sarah Palin

    by Vita Brevis on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 07:19:33 AM PDT

  •  nice catch n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    "To paraphrase Kipling, if you can keep your message discipline when all others are losing theirs...." Al Giordano

    by geejay on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 07:20:54 AM PDT

  •  Demographics - black Alaskans (1+ / 0-)
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    found this post comment:

    Alaska has a population of around 25,000 African-Americans, with a total population of around 700,000. Therefore, African-Americans make up around 4% of the overall population of Alaska, with higher percentages in the larger cities like Anchorage.

    We should familiarize ourselves to the history of African-Americans in Alaska:

    For example, African-Americans who built the highway to Alaska stayed to live after it was completed. Taking the position that the people who continue to play a significant role in the building of the infrastructure of Alaska should not be represented on the staff of Gov. Palin is preposterous.

    Gov. Palin's attitude toward Alaska's black population indicates what her feelings might be toward all African-Americans as vice-president and possibly president of the United States. Like Sen. McCain, Gov. Palin shows little or no respect for the observance of Juneteenth Independence Day in America. Juneteenth is an official state holiday observance in Alaska which requires the Governor to issue an annual proclamation. Despite the statute, Gov. Palin did not issue a Juneteenth Proclamation in 2007.

    Gov. Palin still refuses to meet with African-American leaders of the Ministers Alliance to discuss job opportunities for African-Americans during the building of the Alaskan pipeline. Again, in my opinion, if elected to the White House, most likely her actions toward African-Americans will not change. Let African-American leaders in Alaska tell their own story about Gov. Palin. I have spoken to several of them and remain quite concerned about what I am hearing.

    Juneteenth is America’s 2nd Independence Day celebration. 29 states and the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or state holiday observance, as well as the Congress of the United States.

    Together we will see Juneteenth become a national holiday in America!

    Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.

    Anthropologists for human diversity; opposing McCain perversity

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 07:25:16 AM PDT

  •  I posted a diary about Palin's race problem (2+ / 0-)
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    Deoliver47, princss6

    ...last week.

    The bigger issue is Obama supporters that will go "Shhhhh! Don't talk about race and point out he's Black n'stuff! Nobody cares! Shutupshutupshutup!"

    So, yeah. Palin's a bigot. She's a republican, so what do we expect?.

    Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated, and this was an immutable law. James Baldwin

    by evilene689 on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 07:25:50 AM PDT

  •  I Didn't Even Know there were "Races" in AK (0+ / 0-)

    Let alone racism.

    --- It's SPELLED "TooFolkGR" but it's pronounced "Throat-Warbler Mangrove."

    by TooFolkGR on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 07:34:08 AM PDT

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