Sarah Palin’s team of speechwriters has, once again, made headlines. This morning, the former governor released a pre-recorded message to the media in which she used the phrase “blood libel.”
Palin suggests in her video that left-wing journalists and pundits have manufactured a “blood libel,” and, she goes on to say, this may, “incite … hatred and violence.” In the video, Palin uses the term, but it is unclear what exactly she means by the term “blood libel.”
A little history: The term blood libel is generally accepted to refer to the falsehood that Jews, during the Middle Ages, used the blood of Christian children in religious rituals. The term, “blood libel” was used to justify the persecution and slaughter of Jews. The implication of the term is essentially the wrongful condemnation of an entire group of people for either the actions of a few extremists or for simply having done nothing wrong, as in the case of the Jews.
Palin has made a career out of the perceived fear of terrorists and the racial and religious profiling that goes along with that fear. Some of her biggest supporters in the conservative media have, for years, been stoking a perceived fear for conservatives that they liken to the persecution faced by African Americans during the time of Jim Crow laws.