Friday, 6 March 2009
Sarah Palin sued again
A federal lawsuit was brought against Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin demanding retroactive issuance of the 2007 Juneteenth Proclamation and public restitution.
The holiday observance, which celebrates the freeing of the last remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, has been adopted in 29 states and was signed into law in Alaska in 2001. The bill specifies that the "governor shall issue a proclamation observing the day."
Sarah Palin has refused to issue the proclamation for 2007 retroactively.
The lawsuit is being brought by Charles Royal, a musician who met Sarah Palin in 1991 when The Duke Ellington Orchestra toured Alaska. On that occasion, Sarah Palin told Royal that she does not "talk" or "mess with" Black men.
Charles Royal went to the media with his experiences on October 7, 2008, after he became aware that the vice presidential candidate was the very same Sarah Palin. He didn't believe she was suitable for high office. That's when he became aware that she had failed to comply with the Juneteenth Proclamation in 2007 and that several Alaskan citizens had been trying, unsuccessfully, to consult with the Governor regarding her race record in Alaska.
Royal filed a complaint with Talis Colberg a week later regarding the Juneteenth failure. Colberg forwarded the complaint to the Personnel Board and they replied that the complaint fell outside their jurisdiction because it didn't involve matters of personal or monetary gain. In other words, it didn't involve Sarah's famous "ethics".
Royal maintains that "The focus of this action is to hold Governor Palin accountable and to uphold the integrity of our emancipation holiday".
In an e-mailed response from Sarah Palin's Press Secretary Bill McAllister, the governor's office admits the failure by claiming it was a "clerical error".
If it was a clerical error, why is she refusing to issue the proclamation retroactively? Several civic groups and individuals suffered material losses due to her non-compliance with the law. They had taken time off work, organised events that had to be cancelled, etc. People invested time and money into what became a non-event and, without an official issuance, can't claim restitution.
Sarah Palin appears to regard African Americans with the same contempt we know she has for Alaskan Natives.
The full text of the complaint can be found here.
Press release issued by Charles Royal on March 6, 2009, is here.
A very interesting article about Juneteenth 2008 AK here.