Former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska advised the news media not to refer to Black Lives Matter protesters as "people," but rather as "thugs" and "rioters" on July 10 (video below).
Palin made her racially charged remarks during an interview with "Breitbart News Sunday," notes RawStory.com:
They’re not protesters. you know, these are thugs, they’re rioters. And yeah, I’m calling out the media, saying quit claiming that these rioters are people. They’re stomping on our flag, figuratively and literally, shouting "death to cops," celebrating violence, and the media, they are getting away with it because there aren’t enough of them gutsy enough to call out what it actually is , and it’s sick.
And I think the media is perpetuating a message that really evil people are thriving on right now. As they try to intimidate and, as I put in my [Facebook] piece, warp malleable minds that would believe that one race matters more than another. You know, it’s the antithesis of Martin Luther King Jr.’s message. It’s the antithesis of our Constitution, of the Bill of Rights, our charters of liberty that says all men are created equal.
As a matter of record, King never told the media to abstain from calling other human beings "people." Secondly, the recognized representatives of Black Lives Matter have never said that "one race matters more than another" and have not called for "death to cops."
In her July 8 Facebook piece, Palin made more racially tinged remarks about people who use hyphens in their ethnic/cultural self-descriptions:
Self-descriptions that put any race in front of being an American are now used to further divide our nation. It's time to acknowledge you're either an American under our system of equality, law and order - and traditional patriotic spirit - or you're not.
Knock off the hyphenation of who we are. And knock off the shoulder chip if you've let "leaders" burden you with it through their example that sadly capitalizes on division for untoward purposes. That chip is crushing the people's hope.