Well, of course. She’s a suburban middle class Republican hockey mom running on the Republican ticket for Vice President. But, do we have anything more specific to say about it at this time? Well, of course.
A complaint was filed this week with Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg over the governor’s failure to make a required annual Juneteenth Proclamation.
The complaint was filed Wednesday by jazz musician Gregory Charles Royal, who claims state law required Gov. Sarah Palin to make the Juneteenth Proclamation in honor of the freeing of the last remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865.
Twenty-nine states honor the day. In Alaska, the law specifies that the “governor shall issue a proclamation observing the day.”
Juneteenth as I’m sure you know is a widely celebrated holiday celebrating the beginning of the end of legal slavery in the United States. In particular, it was June 19th, 1865 that slavery was forcibly ended in a confederate state following the occupation of a Union Army (conclusively proving, by the way, that the Civil War was indeed fought over the issue of slavery, in case you were wondering).
But wait, there’s more. Much more.
I’d like to point you to a piece by the Philly IMC, by Linn Washington, Jr: from last September:
Alaskan blacks fault Palin for not hiring African-Americans, dismissing blacks from government posts, spurning repeated requests to meet with black leaders to discuss issues of concern and refusing to attend that state’s major African-American celebration…
Palin’s increasingly rocky relations with Alaska’s black community seeped down to the ‘Lower 48′ weeks ago following an internet posting by the President of Alaska’s African American Historical Society Gwendolyn Alexander detailing controversies like Juneteenth, Palin’s staffing practices and Palin allegedly stating she “doesn’t have to hire any blacks” for major projects.