Sarah Palin stirred up controversy once again Wednesday when he attacked President Barack Obama over his response to the Libyan U.S. consulate attack.
The former Alaska governor tweeted the racially loaded term, “shuck and jive,” after reports confirmed that the White House learned a jihadist group took responsibility soon after the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
In an online post she wrote that Obama did a “shuck and jive” when handling the attack, and some took her words as racist.
“Why the lies? Why the cover up?” Palin wrote on Facebook, adding, “We deserve answers to this. President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.”
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The former GOP vice presidential candidate even went as far as using “shuck and jive” as the header of her note.
"How very racist and stereotyped you are!" @pat1944 tweeted. "Thank God you never got to be a heart beat away from the president!"
Others took to Twitter to defend Palin:
“Sara Palin is, of course, correct,” @Docjp shared. “But the psychology of Obama will not permit him to be wrong... even when he is ... .”
Roland Martin, CNN contributor, explained that the term "shuck and jive" goes back to the 1870s as an “originally southern ‘Negro’ expression for clowning, lying, pretense,” according to the book “Juba to Jive.”
“‘Shucking and jiving’ have long been words used as a negative assessment of African Americans, along the lines of a ‘foot shufflin’ Negro,’” Martin wrote. “In fact, I don’t recall ever hearing the phrase used in reference to anyone white.”
Palin’s ignorant words are distracting from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign, Christina Greer, a political science professor at Fordham University, told the New York Daily News.
“As a governor, she should know the meaning behind it. Alaska has a very historic black population,” Greer said, and she added that using this type of language is “what happens when people get desperate.”