Sarah Palin’s Discomfort with Asian Americans

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Over at Huffington Post (HT: John Campbell at dailykos) an article quotes Sarah Palin’s father on her being “uncomfortable” with Asian Americans in the state of Hawaii, where she first attended college:

Palin, though notoriously ill-traveled outside the United States, did journey far to the first of the four colleges she attended, in Hawaii. She and a friend who went with her lasted only one semester. “Hawaii was a little too perfect,” Palin writes. “Perpetual sunshine isn’t necessarily conducive to serious academics for eighteen-year-old Alaska girls.” Perhaps not. But 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.” In any case, Palin reports that she much preferred her last stop, the University of Idaho, “because it was much like Alaska yet still ‘Outside.’ ”  (Creative Commons License photo credit: sizeofguam)

The issue was first raised a couple of days ago at the New Republic by Isaac Chotiner.

This is just one more small bit of evidence that a great many folks in the current Republican Party are much more comfortable with white folks, including those at the very white University of Idaho. And why some analysts see the current Republican Party as betraying it earlier traditions and leaders, such as those who fought aggressively for black rights (for example, the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments) after the Civil War, and as graduatlly turning into a kind of white-nationalist party.