Sarah Palin’s Racism and Hypocrisy on Full Display After Ignorant Defense of ‘Redskins’ Name

palin-mike-ditkaBy now most people have heard about the ongoing controversy surrounding the NFL football team known as the Washington Redskins. Many feel that the “Redskins” name is racist and derogatory toward Native Americans.

At this point in the debate it’s no longer a matter of if, but when will the Washington Redskins change their mascot. Because it’s like any other debate. There comes a tipping point in most debates where one side either fades away or gains so much momentum that the end result becomes inevitable.

That’s what’s happened here. The momentum is clearly on the side of those who want the name changed. And I promise you, it’s going to eventually happen.

All that being said, Hall of Fame coach and ESPN analyst Mike Ditka recently weighed in on the controversy, making some rather inflammatory comments about those who think the name should be changed:

“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name? It’s so much horsesh*t it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian.”

He also went on to say he wasn’t very “tolerant when it comes to the liberals who complain about everything.”

Though I will agree that some liberals can be too politically correct, he’s way off base with his comments. This isn’t a political issue of liberal vs. conservative. It’s an issue of racism toward Native Americans.

Well, Sarah Palin decided to chime on the whole situation. And boy did she once again prove what a massive hypocrite she is.

Palin defended Ditka, who might possibly be fired from ESPN, on her Facebook page:

Nothing should surprise us lately; but when the Politically Correct Police bust Ditka, they hope the silent majority will cower under leftist control. My goodness, Ditka merely spoke his mind. This accomplished and esteemed coach knows there are big issues to be addressed in America today; there’s no intent to offend by referring to a team by the name they’ve proudly worn since day one and chose with pride in our native ancestry and obviously had absolutely no intent to insult; and the liberal media’s made-up controversies divide our country. The government’s intent to force any owner of anything, in this case an NFL entity, to change a name is the antithesis of the American way of working through differences. Ditka said he actually likes the Washington Redskins, and he’s a man full of commonsense and admired patriotism. Still, I must disagree with Coach Ditka after reading his full statement.

He thinks the name should always be Washington Redskins, as a source of pride? Take the word “Washington” out and I’ll agree the team name is a great source of pride.

Aside from her “joke” at the end, her hypocrisy and ignorance is astounding.

The term “Redskins” isn’t a “source of pride.” Not at all. While I’m not saying everyone has to find the name itself offensive, to suggest that it’s a “source or pride,” when many Native Americans find the word to be incredibly racist, shows how ignorant she is.

Though “ignorance” and “Sarah Palin” have become synonymous since 2008.

Obviously she’s forgotten how she previously called for Martin Bashir to be punished after he made some less than ideal comments about her a while back.

She said at the time, “As for the networks condoning those types of statements, because there’s been no punishment of the fella who said these words, that’s hypocrisy.”

Hypocrisy like – calling for Bashir to be punished by the company for which he works after making remarks some found offensive… then defending Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson after he was suspended for making comments many found highly offensive?

Because that’s exactly what Palin did. She had no issues with Bashir eventually being forced to resign for what he said, but had the gall just a short while later to publicly defend Robertson against punishment by A&E for comments he made.

Now she’s back claiming that Ditka has the right to free speech and shouldn’t possibly face termination for what he said.

Our First Amendment rights give us the freedom to say almost whatever we want without fear of criminal prosecution. Our First Amendment does not protect us from facing repercussions from our employers, or other private entities, for things we say.

Especially when you’re a public figure representing a network.

Palin once again proved that she’s tolerant (even supportive) of racism and she has no problem being an absolute hypocrite.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Bonta-kun

    When the only people on your side are a past-it blowhard and a hypocritical moron, Dan Snyder, it’s time to hang it up. Is keeping the na,e really worth all the hassle?

    • Avatar

      Like Don Sterling, Dan won’t have any friends left in his 60-70’s.

  • Mainah

    She’s still breathing? ugh.

  • Glenn Coco

    She’s probably been drinking again. Sad, sad woman.

  • wcraigjohnston

    That name will be OK when it’s OK to name a team “Sambos” or “Chinks” or “Honkies”

    • Michael McAngus

      How about “Teahadists”? I think that would reflect pride in our political heritage.

      • strayaway

        No one objected to the “Washington Senators” baseball team. How about the the “Washington Bureaucrats” or “Washington Lobbyists”?

    • congero

      Great post and to the point.

  • Avatar

    Sarah really hates the city named Washington yet she wants to be the one in control of it? Taking Washington out of Redskins doesn’t make any sense at all. Maryland Redskins? TeaParty Redskins? Reaganville Redskins?

    Washington Warriors with different mascot sure rings well.

  • Charles Vincent

    hmm native Americans don’t seem to have an issue with the name way to appeal to emotion Allen.

  • Larry McDaniel

    I would like to ask Mike Ditka if he would feel the same if someone named a team with a derogatory slang pertaining to HIS ethnic heritage. It’s easy for non-native Americans to say “what’s the problem?”. Non-native Americans feelings do not count in this case. The only thing that matters is how it makes native Americans feel. And they have told us. Dan Snyder is a weasel, and Ditka and Palin are morons.

  • Ffrreedd

    I vote for the “Detroit Niggers” or the “El Paso Wetbacks”.

  • Mark Strange

    I think it is a silly thing to fight over. “Redskins” isn’t meant as an insult, never was, clearly. If it was they would not have called themselves that. Imagin a team calling themselves “the Washington idiots.” But on the other end of it, who cares what you call it. It’s the same thing. I like doughnuts if you called them tasty circles I’d still eat them.

    • Rick Mann

      Teams all across America from high school to pros use names referring to Native Americans without issue but Redskins or red skins is offensive because that is what early America used as proof of bounty on Native Americans similar to scalping and is a constant reminder of that era.

    • 2Smart2bGOP

      It’s very simple; if you aren’t a member of a particular ethnicity, in this case, Native Americans, you don’t get to say what they should consider offensive. I’m 100% German; my mother was born and raised in Bavaria, and my father’s parents were Schwabish. I remember being called a kraut once, and when I indicated that I found it offensive, I was told that it was “just a joke” and I shouldn’t be so “sensitive.” My response was to inform this person of French descent that I would never consider referring to him as a “frog” and that no one has the right to tell me what I can or can’t be offended by. (And for the record, he would have been offended by “frog,” whether I told him I was just joking or not.)

      • Mark Strange

        Yes I do, It’s called being human with the ability to reason. If they called themselves white ass Washington it would still not be insulting, as the context of it isn’t an insult. People need to stop being so but hurt over stupid shit, when there is actual racism in this world.

  • Gidawdah

    Why is anyone even recording or writing about what this willfully ignorant person says, writes or does?

  • Dennis Diggs

    Looking for Redskins fans

  • Don Hignite

    I seem to have stumbled upon a white liberal racist site that hates patriots.. A #taliban site would have been less stressful as you raciest liberals..

    • 2Smart2bGOP

      Kind of hard to insult people who don’t care what you think, isn’t it? Don’t know why you bother……

      • Don Hignite

        Apparently it worked… Thanks for the reply, you loony bastard.

      • 2Smart2bGOP

        You think so? Let me check……hmm, nope, still don’t give a good golly g-damn what you “think.” But do play again, won’t you? 😉

      • Don Hignite

        My using the word looney with you was wrong, it somehow did the word a grave injustice…. Go back to your nursery rhythms and “good golly” antics. What modern-day person uses such out dated 1950 material? An out of touch libtard!

      • 2Smart2bGOP

        Silly troll – still thinks I care about him and his silly insults. Nice try, though…..

  • Winona Kitto

    She deserves a karate chop (not a tomahawk chop) in the vocals.

  • breezeit

    Just talked to a 60 year old man who went thru the race riots in the 60s, is from the deep south and is 50% full Cherokee and 50% Afro-Am today. He had no problem with the name or symbol. If anybody would have a problem-HE WOULD having been thru it on both sides of his family in different ways. In fact he said he liked the name and though he was from the west coast liked the team somewhat. It is in the 90 percentile of every poll that has have ever done that Native Americans have no problem with the nickname and many public schools in the Midwest USE the name/symbol for their schools sports and would be furious if any state/local govt changed it. It is not inevitable that a name change will happen just like Ole Miss still suing the confederate flag and they are a state funded institution. BTW, by this writer’s logic Oklahoma will have to change their name as well because the word in Choctaw language means, “men with red skin.” Google it, children. You think Oklahoma would have a problem with a forced coerced name change to satisfy a few curmudgeons with ignorance and a stick up their you-know-what?

  • breezeit

    Today I just talked to a 60 year old man who went thru the race riots in the 60s, is from the deep south and is 50% full Cherokee and 50% Afro-Am. He had no problem with the name or symbol. If anybody would have a problem-HE WOULD having been thru it on both sides of his family in different ways. In fact he said he liked the name and though he was from the west coast liked the team somewhat. It is in the 90+ percentile of every poll that has have ever done that Native Americans have no problem with the nickname and many public schools in the Midwest USE the name/symbol for their schools sports and would be furious if any state/local govt changed it. It is not inevitable that a name change will happen just like Ole Miss still using the confederate flag and they are a state funded institution. BTW, by this writer’s logic, Oklahoma will have to change their name as well because the word in Choctaw language means, “men with red skin.” Google it, children. You think Oklahoma would have a problem with a forced coerced name change to satisfy a few curmudgeons with ignorance and a stick up their you-know-what?

  • Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Washington has more to be proud of than that sad excuse of a human being.

  • AJ

    they were originally the braves, they should go back to that name