Indeed

Elle has an interesting take up on Bristol Palin--not her personally, but on the way the story hasn't been covered. She begins with a quote from Tom Schaller:

"When the subject is a pregnancy to an unwed, minority teenage mother growing up in some (presumably Democratic) urban area, that pregnancy becomes fodder for lectures from conservatives about bad parenting, the perils of welfare spending and so on. But when the subject is a pregnancy to an unwed, white teenager from some small town in a Republican state, that pregnancy is...a celebration of the wonders of God's magnificence--and choosing life!"
And Schaller is dead on accurate. Pat Buchanan and John Gibson are prime examples of this--they've both talked more than once about the "need" for white people to have more babies, because of the changing demographics of the US.

Elle takes it a step farther:
At the back of mind, since I read about this, I've been thinking what if Malia or Sasha Obama was older and pregnant? Can you imagine the tropes that would be trotted out? The "See, I told you sos?" The condemnation--not only of the Obamas, but of African Americans in general--from the very people who are closing ranks around Bristol Palin? I do not think it is an invasion of the Palin privacy to say, yes, those people are hypocrites.
She's exactly right, and I can guarantee you that the tropes would be hideously racist as well. B-Rock and the Bizz would make an amazing comeback, for starters, and that's something that should never be allowed to happen.

And the sad thing is that if you questioned the people who write these articles about Bristol Palin, or the newscasters who repeat them on television, I'd bet that most of them have never even considered that there's a difference in the way they would cover the two stories. They wouldn't even think of it, which is the biggest shame of all.

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