The Sarah Palin affirmative action pick reminded me of a situation that I experienced when I was stationed in South Korea.
When I was in Korea we had a new Sergeant Major (highest enlisted rank) come in and replace our very caring, mild mannered Sergeant Major. The new Sergeant Major was unqualified (she had never led soldiers) and obviously was promoted because she was Black and female. She used to always say: “fake it ‘til you make it”; it was obvious that she was faking it.
She was loud, wore faddish wigs, and was always twirling her neck and pointing her finger in someone’s face. She embodied the stereotypes of Black Women. As a Black Women I was offended that she attained the highest enlisted rank in the army with fewer qualifications than the soldiers that she led.