“Last night, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin accepted the nomination to the vice-presidency at the Republican National Convention.
Originally the buzz about Palin, focused on her having a vagina. Her presence was analyzed as a calculated McCain strategy to lure disgruntled, hard core Hillary Clinton supporters.
Then the shift went internal, to her uterus, her identity as a mother to five, the youngest with some form of developmental delay, and a 17 year old daughter, unmarried and pregnant.
So what does this Palin parranda of information and analysis mean to mamis of color, Latina mamis like me? Not surprisingly, nada.
Sarah Palin wants to put herself out there as â€œevery womanâ€. She wants to be seen as â€œjust your average hockey momâ€, and other mommies see themselves and their reality reflected through Palin, except, mamis of color, that is.”
excerpt by Maegan â€œLa Malaâ€ Ortiz, Racialicious from the post: Mccainâ€™s VP pick Palin and the Politica and Privilege of White Womanâ€™hood/ Mommyâ€™hood
Whether you are a Republican or a Democratic the hypocrisy of Palin is deafening.
A woman of color with five minor kids with one of them is pregnant would be written off as: GHETTO.
I don’t like the term ghetto, because it has a negative connotation and it’s just a racial slur dressed up in class.
Do I have a problem with people having five kids or teen moms. No. I think it’s horrible that teen moms have been demonized by our society. Youâ€™re not a bad person just because you got pregnant before you were 18 or before you were married. Having premarital sex isnâ€™t a sin and literal proof of that action is not a sin.
I have a problem with the double standards.
Why would the Republican Party embrace Palin when for years, heck for decades women of color have been demonized for doing the same thing.
Not only demonized, but sterilized.
This is what happens when you’re poor and you are a woman and you have the audacity to have children.
You are sterilized and your children are denied food and a decent education.
I have no problem with Palin’s five kids or having a pregnant minor teenage daughter, but I do have a problem with a party who has demonized women (and more specifically women of color) Â for so long changing the rules at this late in the game and showing us it wasn’t about morals, but about race and class all along.
I guess would we should be thankful. At least we got the truth from them for once.
by Browne Molyneux