via Telegraph UK
Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska, was under pressure on Thursday to respond to the discovery that staff members in her state’s government had received and forwarded racist emails about President-Elect Barack Obama.
One of the emails asked about the outcome of the Democrat’s victory and concluded: “Another black family living in government housing!” Another, entitled “Night Befo Crizzmus,” was forwarded dozens of times, according to the state’s information technology division. Administration commissioner Annette Kreitzer said: “It’s embarrassing to the state.”
Mrs Kreitzer said she alerted the office of Mrs Palin, the failed Republican vice presidential candidate in the recent election, about the emails.
Bill McAllister, a spokesman for the governor, said that the matter concerned individual actions taken by a handful of state employees among thousands.
But the lack of a denunciation from the governor failed to satisfy critics who have suspected her of disrespecting the African American community or of holding racist views herself.
The Rev Alonzo Patterson, state chairman of the Alaska Black Leadership Conference, encouraged Mrs Palin to address the emails.
“They’re doing that in a state setting,” he said. “She should condemn it.”
During the recent election campaign, Mrs Palin failed to distance herself from threatening remarks made towards Mr Obama at her rallies.
At one event, her supporters shouted “kill him” and “off with his head”.
At another rally a supporter was caught on tape declaring about Obama: “I’m afraid if he wins, the blacks will take over. He’s not a Christian!
This is a Christian nation! What is our country going to end up like?” Her own rhetoric was considered racially-coded by some commentators, especially when she remarked that Mr Obama was “not one of us” because he “palled around with terrorists”.