Sarah Palin’s decision to come rushing to Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s defense last week after Schlessinger announced that she would be leaving her radio show because of criticism she received for repeatedly saying the “N-word” on a recent broadcast did not sit well with a lot of people, including us.
And it looks like it didn’t sit well with a variety of Black conservative leaders either, though they seemingly tried to downplay their displeasure by issuing their statement blasting Palin for using “this incident as a stepping stone for her political ambitions” late on Friday night:
Dr. Schlessingers’ use of the “N” word on her program was in poor judgment and an unfortunate choice for which she has apologized. While we do not condone her behavior, we accept her apology and understand she did not intend to offend. We are disappointed, however, that Sarah Palin used this incident as a stepping stone for her political ambitions, raising her political goals above principle, said leaders in the black prolife movement.
“Many of these politicians are involving themselves in matters that have nothing to do with them,” said Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union. “Just as the President should not have involved himself in the Mosque issue in New York, or the Police incident in Massachusetts, Sara Palin should not have involved herself in this matter or — the Georgia governors race where she supported a candidate that supplied funding to Planned Parenthood. Doing so caused us all to question her assertion that she is pro-life. Palin should forget about political leverage and deal with the righteous principles of human dignity.” Gardner said.
“When I heard the caller on the Dr. Laura show, I wondered if she was a plant, someone designated to provoke a reaction from Dr. Laura,” said Catherine Davis, a founding member in the black prolife movement. “It is unfortunate Dr. Laura took the bait. But Sarah Palin’s insertion into the matter just seems opportunistic and political.” she said.
“Every time Sarah Palin chooses politics over principle, something is lost,” said Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life. “Palin can’t win by jumping into the game where the nefarious race card is being played.”
“It’s time to strike a nail in the coffin of racism in America,” King continued. “Governor Palin could better use her time in trying to unite the human race. This battle can’t be won with politics. This is a matter of the human condition — and the human heart,” concluded Dr. King.
Interestingly, Alveda King issued a separate statement announcing that she would be joining Glenn Beck’s upcoming “Restoring Honor” rally, where Sarah Palin will also be speaking, as did Gardner … so maybe they will get a chance to voice their displeasure with Palin in person.
But honestly, I can’t think of a better example of the absurdity of Beck trying to claim Martin Luther King’s mantle by hosting his rally on the anniversary of MLK’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech than this decision to include the one member of MLK’s extended family who least represents his legacy.