. . . only an academic would generate it.
The stupid notion is from Catherine McNicol Stock and the concept is this: Sarah Palin is from the great northwest, the great northwest has few African-Americans, "the beliefs of ultraconservative, evangelical churches like her family's come dangerously close to those of the Christian Identity movement of those years," there are radical white supremacist groups in Montana and Idaho (Stock mentions none in Alaska) and Palin has no on the record remarks wherein she kowtows to the gods of diversity and racial grievance. Therefore, "it is high time to review the cultural ideals and models of the radical rurals from the Great White Northwest and find out for sure where Gov. Palin stands."
Now liberal idiocy is fully revealed. So let's look at some other facts that Stock elides.
First, Stock admits "there is no evidence that Palin was ever affiliated with white-supremacist groups during her years in Idaho or at home in Alaska."
Second, there is no evidence that Palin's church has ever promoted, tolerated, espoused or otherwise condoned white supremacist beliefs. It would be hard for Palin, whose children are all Eskimo in significant part thanks to their dad, to stomach such a church. Evidently, it is less difficult for Barack Obama, who is half-white, to enjoy a 20-year association and participation in a black supremacist hate-whitey church whose pastor thought 9-11-01 was an indication of the US's chickens coming home to roost.
Third, Stock does not mention the deep KKK history of Indiana and Illinois -- Obama's neighboring state and home state. Why not? Obama could be the first black white supremacist not shown on the Dave Chappelle show, right? Of course not, the notion is stupid and offensive. So is Stock's musing that just because she's white, Christian and from the Pacific Northwest that Palin could well be an undercover member of Aryan Nation.
It's preposterous that the Philly Inquirer -- that city's equivalent of the NYT or WaPo -- not only published the article, but it paid the professor to air her idiocy.