Gov. Palin said she doesn’t intend to hire African Americans on her staff

The following is a statement from one of our Juneteenth Directors in Alaska:

By Gwendolyn Alexander, President

“As for Governor Sarah Palin’s involvement in the African American community, the Governor’s office hasn’t participated in any of our Alaska Juneteenth Events. All previous Alaskan Governor’s have traditionally attended and participated in our annual Juneteenth Celebration. Gov. Palin was the first governor not to send out a congratulatory letter or assist us in any way with our Juneteenth activities.

I didn’t have the courtesy of receiving a reply when I asked for a representative from the Governor’s office to come and speak at our Juneteenth Celebration if Governor Palin was unable to attend. I never even heard of Gov. Palin until she was elected Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, in Mat-Su Valley.

Governor Palin is a very energetic and spontaneous woman. With some of the things being said and going around this state right now, I’m surprised none of the national media have bothered to come here and get the words directly from the mouths of the people who have lived with her all of these years instead of ‘surfing the net!’

My other opinion is why would an individual who, to my knowledge, has not hired any African-Americans on her gubernatorial staff, insist so passionately on being on a television show owned and operated by an African American, Oprah Winfrey?

While meeting with black leaders concerning the absence of any African-Americans on her staff, Gov. Palin responded that she doesn’t have to hire any blacks and was not intending to hire any. What kind of attitude is this toward African-American for who may be the first Vice-President of the United States?

I understand Oprah did have Senator Obama on her show a few times and was the main person raising funds for him “before” the presidency race was in full swing. However, the key point here is that it is Oprah’s prerogative not be used as a pawn to tilt the vote one way or another. Oprah has stated repeatedly that she wasn’t going to have one side or the other on her show by choice. I thought that was what the Civil Rights Movement was all about, a persons right to make their own choices. I guess this isn’t a Democracy at all anymore.”

Gwendolyn Alexander, President
African American Historical Society of Alaska, Inc.
Alaska Juneteenth Celebration
P. O. Box 143105
Anchorage AK 99514
907 884-6860 email:

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

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30 Responses

  1. Do you know that black population in Alaska is only 3.7%?

    So? Does the size of Alaska’s population determine whether and to what extent the Governor represents all the people? I think not. I think her staff hirings should be representative of all Alaskans.

  2. 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.

    You need to also be familiar with 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.
    National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
    National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
    National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)

  3. It’s your prerogative to request the appearance to a small local festival and it’s Oprah’s prerogative to have on her show whom she pleases ,but the Governor of Alaska apparently does not have any prerogatives?

    Apparently YOU knowledge of what actual Civil Rights really are is only limited to what you “believe” is just and correct of African Americans only.That is NOT Democracy but simply a demand for YOUR own personal preference being met at any cost to anyone else.Essentially very Afro centric.

    Dear Demeterias Sparta,
    Having no axe to grind in this argument, Gov. Palin is beholden to all Alaska citizens no matter their race or ethnicity. Oprah Winfrey, who is not an elected official, has the right to book whomever she wishes on her show. For those who feel she should book a second rate governor from a small state, who was, until two years ago, mayor of a town of 6,000 or so, change your dial if you don’t like it. Having seen Gov. Palin interviews with ABC news anchor, Charlie Gibson, I don’t think it would be worth Oprah’s time to have Palin on her show. Palin refuses to answer questions, substituting, “Charlie,” for any responsible answer to his questions, and reciting what are called “buzz words” in the industry. She was pitiful. A college freshman who just completed Contemporary History would have done a lot better. Palin has

    -no context,
    -no knowledge base,
    -no frame of reference, and
    -nothing worth hearing …. should I continue or should I be charitable and let her be?

  4. This country was literally, not figuratively, built with the blood, sweat and tears of Africans, Asians and Latinos. Other minorities also played important roles, but not except Africans were enslaved. We are a nation of immigrants. We are a mixture of all races. I live in California and I’m white, meaning that I’m a member of the largest minority. There is no majority in California. That is the nation’s trend. We don’t need people who are hostile to any one group holding office. Witness, when Palin learned that Obama had won the Democratic nomination, she remarked “So Sambo beat the bitch.” She isn’t qualified to hold national office.

  5. All minorities think that they should have their behinds kissed, even to the point where the majority is neglected and abused. Blacks and Jews are at the top of this list. Kiss up to NAACP and AIPAC or you are political toast, they say, and politicians believe them. Well there are a LOT MORE people out here who despise this kissing up while our own interests are trashed, and while anyone who DOES stand up for our interests is slandered and silenced by the controlled media. Our culture and morals are destroyed by the insidious actions of this controlled media, our children adopt black culture and amorality while their mothers and fathers must both work to pay taxes to a government that more and more could not care less about them OR their values. If blacks want to practice their culture, fine. They should form their OWN country and stop sucking the blood from this one.

    It’s amazing as to how many responses we received on Mrs. Palin’s hiring practices. It hit a nerve, and you are one of them. When you wrote that “Our children adopt black culture and amorality…” even if this were true why don’t the parents have more control over their children? ? Which brings us to the burning question: Why is Palin’s daughter having an out of wedlock child? Is it true, as bloggers write, that her son had to go into the military instead of jail for his drug activities? Looks like she needs to mind her own store instead of people like you blaming it on African Americans. Many commentators have stated that if Barack Obama’s daughter was introduced on national (and international) television as having an out of wedlock pregnancy, and if the purported father was a black youth whose every third word was an expletive (like Levi Johnston’s on his MySpace page), the nation would have gone up in outrage. Why the double standard? It is because of people like you, Sir/Madam. To paraphrase Barack Obama, “Enough is enough!” And, we say, “She’s not qualified!”

  6. Doesn’t a Governor have the RIGHT to choose the most qualified staff rather than the most colorful?

    Besides the obvious Gubernatorial duties, Mrs. Palin was busy with a newborn, special needs baby.

    Most jobs do offer maternity leave. I feel certain that elected officials are allowed the same courtesy.

  7. If she’s dumb enough to SAY that she doesn’t intend to hire any African-Americans (instead of just keeping quiet about it and not doing it, then yes, she deserves to be called a racist. And dumb.

  8. p on d blacks….

  9. The Afrosphere of bloggers has learned about this. While we are not surprised, we are certainly not pleased.
    It is up to any employer, public or private, to hire whom they think is best for the job offered. To come out and blatantly discount thousands of applicants because of race is beyond gutter-politics. It’s overt racism, the kind of which should have been extinguished decades ago. Apparently it wasn’t in the Alaskan governor’s office.

  10. So? Does the size of Alaska’s population determine whether and to what extent the Governor represents all the people? I think not. I think her staff hirings should be representative of all Alaskans.

    I have to agree here. Doesn’t matter if it’s Alaska or Rhode Island or even Podunk. We don’t elect politicians to only represent their friends, their benefactors, or their own; you’re also responsible to those you don’t like, those who didn’t donate, who don’t look like you, talk like you, or share your views. The more distance we get from McCain’s initial announcement (and the apparent initial enthusiasm), the more light is shone on Palin’s past and (lack of) experience. Hopefully enough people are paying attention.

  11. Governor Palin represents nothing more than the uneducated and psychologically confused ‘teenager’ who, when naturally and perpetually confronted with the neurotic realities of her own diminished character, chooses to bully her way into the room through the application of a (false) presumption of “confidence”.

    She makes a fine model of the definition of today’s “good” Republican who, rather than gather her flock, prefers to bolster her position of power by culling those who may not choose to march to the same voices she hears in her head. Referring to her detractors as “haters” is very telling . . . and dangerously inflexible.

    “Nuance-free” is her understanding of the human element(s) required in leading ALL people equitably . . . and is lacking any real form of overall compassion for those who don’t share her stunted and judgmental view of (her) life. Therefore her actions, should one follow the breadcrumbs, all are for the benefit of Sarah Palin. Such behaviors are the last thing this country needs . . . AGAIN!

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  14. I am a black woman and I was very hurt when I read what Palin said about Obama and Hilary.She slandered them by saying”Sambo beat that bitch”.Suppose someone would call her a poor(po)

    white, ghetto ,trash, bitch,how would she feel? All this name calling should be stopped,and get about the business of this country problems.Address issues that will benefit the people of this country in a positive manner.Our country is doomed if we allow this team to get in the white house, America will never be the same, it will surely become a disgrace.

  15. Can some one tell me? is sarah palin running for V.P. or pres? she says nothing about Joe biden, who is running against her. John mcCain does’nt mansion biden neighter?

  16. […] Gov. Palin said she doesn’t intend to hire African Americans on her staff The following is a statement from one of our Juneteenth Directors in Alaska: By Gwendolyn Alexander, […] […]

  17. How about all things being equal we take the statement about not intend on hiring any African Americans in the context that she has no plans on hiring anyone at the present time, rather than build on that simple statement.

    I think if she needs to hire someone, she should merely hire whoever she feels is most qualified regardless of race, etc.

    The statement might have been taken to literally, the media as well as most people seem to do that now days.

  18. Honestly, who cares if she chooses no blacks in her cabinet. Affirmitive action is quite frankly reinforcing racism by making white people feel cheated when a less qualified ‘colored’ gets in, not on merit, but because he is not white.

    Cabinet positions should be based on merit, not looking good for a diversity poster.

    Palin practices her own brand of affirmative action by hiring a high school classmate to be head of the state’s Agriculture division (the woman was a real estate agent, for God’s sake), her husband sits in on sensitive meetings and Todd hasn’t even gone to college (they say he has taken “courses”), and, according to two excellent articles in Sunday’s Washington Post and the New York Times, Palin is grossly incompetent. Both articles expose how she fired perfectly competent public servants and hired her friends. They cite her primary criterion as loyalty. Sounds like dumb George Bush to me! Remember how he ranted about “You’re either fer me or agin’ me?” Palin headed a little village of 6,000 or fewer people in which she only had responsibility for a small library staff, a museum staff of four, a newly organized police department that was founded by her predecessor, and public works (garbage collection, etcl). Health, education, agriculture, infrastructure, energy programs were carried out either by the state or by a regional authority. Palin also hired a DEPUTY, so what was she doing? You can vote for her but I wouldn’t put her in charge of running much of anything in the lower 48. She is NOT qualified. straighttalkexpresswatch

  19. As a community leader I find Palin offensive on several levels. I am also upset because it is easy to send out a representative—for our rinky-dinky groundbreaking both of our US senators sent representatives. It’s one hour—they meet, greet, deliver a canned speech, and take a picture. Instead of doing this, Palin told the people they were of so little importance she was not willing to even send an intern in a cheap suit.

    As an African American female I am offended she stated she was not willing to hire African Americans. Not hire ANYONE, hire AFRICAN AMERICANS. One cannot say she can hire anyone who is qualified when Palin has given important post to friends and said they’re qualified because “she likes cows” or “she’s breathing.” We live in a diverse society full of qualified people of all ages, colors, genders, sexual orientations and religions, and government needs to reflect that.

  20. I am far (and I mean very far) from being a fan of Sarah Palin. Still, I believe that the burden of proof is on the accuser, and I think it is important that statements be verifiable. Were there any recordings of these statements or meetings? Or a scribe who recorded the proceedings. If she did say anything like that, it shows a scary attitude. However, without solid records from the meeting it all is deniable and becomes an issue of he-said she-said. If you do have official records of these meetings or can obtain them, then I encourage you to post them.

    I posted the statement by the Alaskan organization. Perhaps they will respond with more information.

  21. Why should she hire black people? There are enough unemployed guys from our race. Just look how many people from her high school class she brought into decent jobs who were suffering from unemployment, pal. Sarah Palin is a good VP. Together with her I will see as president that the disadvantaged white Americans get a chance.

    This is a spoof, right?

  22. This rumor, just like the tens (if not hundreds) of other rumors floating around the Nut Roots smear machine, is totally unsourced. I am a blogger and an honest one. I always source my material. That’s the spirit of the blogosphere. That’s why we’re more reliable than the MSM. However, when we fail to source, we are far, far worse than the MSM.

    Hey guys, did you hear Joe Biden sacrificed a goat at full moon?

  23. SO Called JMC:

    GET OFF IT! I have a question for you: Have you ever stopped to think that if the uglu, murderous past practices of racism against non-white people in this country never existed that there would have ever been a need to enact Affirmative Action legislation in the first place?? Disadvantaged white males my brhind…

  24. James:

    You should REALLY READ what you wrote…making white people feel cheated??…reinforcing racism…boo hoo..what do you think has and continues to be practiced against non-whites in this country to this day? But we dont want to discuss THAT

  25. Total Racist victimhood nonsense. She was quoted in a Juneau Paper…

    “I will not hire anyone based on a specific skin color. I only hire people based on qualification”

    We have a black american running for President and racists like this still exist? This dopy broad just gave McCain 500,000 new votes.

  26. I wonder if Mrs. Palin has hired any indigenous Alaskan people.

    If I were doing the hiring, I would hire depending on the percentage of minorities in my state, e.g. if it were 1/10 African-American, I’d do my best to hire 10 qualified African-Americans if I had 100 employees.

    I live in Alaska, and yes, I can believe Sarah Palin called Obama “Sambo.” Usually Alaskans use the “N” word.

    Isn’t the economy the topic we need to be concentrating on and not lipstick, pigs, the mating habits of king crabs, the DNA of Alaskan seals, etc.

    It’s Stupid Season, i.e. American election time.

    Yes. Palin is a major distraction. That’s her role and we should ignore her completely. We are tired of blogging on issues about her. The election is between McCain and Obama, not Obama and Palin! We should talk about the bread and butter issues, i.e, the economy. After today’s bad news on Wall Street’s financial markets, we should be ashamed to allow McCain, Palin, Fiorini and all the others to get us distracted to talk about imbecilic things. The question is, Are we better off than we were four years ago? That is the litmus test for the candidates. Also, which candidate can make us better off?

  27. In what newspaper does it say that Sarah Palin used the racial epithet Sambo? What is the link I can go to? And if she did use this vile word, why hasn’t it been brought to the national media’s attention?

    It has been brought to the media’s attention. At least, the bloggers have reported it widely. The original article can be found at“racist-sexist-vindictive-and-mean”/#more-954


  28. I don’t see how one speaks of Civil Rights and how Palin won’t hire any blacks, then yet contradicts the support for Oprah not allowing Palin to be on her show. Please don’t contribute to any racism in America (all races are guilty).

    Anyways, don’t worry I’m not voting for that crazy woman Palin anyways. She scares the bejesus out of me and I can’t imagine having such an extreme evangelical that loves to reap hatred on mankind and her stances on abortions (including rape or incest) is flabbergasting. She is Bush in a dress with her spending policies.

    And please to all you woman McCain supporters, please research his voting record which is against woman!!

    Obama 08!

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