Palin's 'Shuck and Jive' Racial Assault Is No Surprise

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Black America Web's Michael H. Cottman says that Sarah Palin's language was deliberately racist, and just in time for early voting in 32 states.

On Palin's Facebook page Wednesday, she criticized the Obama administration for its handling of the Benghazi, Libya attack with a blog entitled: "Obama's Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies."

"Why the lies? Why the cover up?" Palin writes. "Why the dissembling about the cause of the murder of our ambassador on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil? We deserve answers to this. President Obama's shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end."

Palin, who constantly borders on foolishness, has stooped to a new low: She's introduced racism into a presidential campaign that's so close in the polls that desperation finally got the best of her.

Palin and her fellow conservatives will say anything to oust Obama from the White House and that includes reminding Republicans that Obama is black.

The phrase "shuck and jive" is a longstanding racist connotation — and Plain knows it.

In the Dictionary of African-American Slang, 'shuck and jive' dates back to the 1870s and was an 'originally southern 'Negro' expression for clowning, lying, pretense."

"Shucking and jiving" have long been words used as a negative assessment of African-Americans, along the lines of a "foot shufflin' Negro," said Roland Martin, a CNN political analyst and a contributor on "The Tom Joyner Morning Show." ["]In fact, I don't recall ever hearing the phrase used in reference to anyone white."

I don't either.

Read Michael H. Cottman's entire piece at BlackAmericaWeb.

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