Even the most casual political observers remember the rabidly racist vice presidential candidate of 2008, Sarah Palin, who slithered out of obscurity like weeds in the cracks of the sidewalk, and obtained international household status. Most recall how she exploited the ingrained prejudices of Obama opponents for her own personal benefit.
And, we also remember the story that poked through the overcrowded airwaves discussing her flings with black men — most particularly former Michigan sharpshooter Glen Rice — during her collegiate career. Thanks to Joe McGinniss’ new biography on Palin titled The Rogue, we have a better understanding of what went down during their discreet sexual liaisons.
Take a look at what the author wrote about Palin’s fling with Rice:
Whether in her professional capacity as a sports reporter or simply as a basketball groupie who’d begun to find black men attractive, Sarah linked up with Rice during the weekend tournament. One friend recalls, “They went out. I suspect it was more than that. I can’t say I know they had sex, but I remember Sarah feeling pretty good that she’d been with a black basketball star.”
Glen Rice remembers the weekend quite differently. When I spoke to him by telephone in March 2011, he said, “I remember it as if it was yesterday. She was a sweetheart. I met her almost as soon as we got out there.”
Rice does not recall being in a university dorm room. “We hung out mostly at the hotel where the team was staying,” he told me. “We just hit off. In a short time, we got to know a lot about one another. It was all done in a respectful way, nothing hurried.”
“So you never had the feeling she felt bad about having sex with a black guy?” I asked.
“No, no, no, nothing like that,” Rice said. “Even after I left Alaska, we talked a lot on the phone. I think right up until the time she got married. She was a gorgeous woman. Super nice. I was blown away by her. Afterward, she was a big crush that I had. I talked about her for a long time. Only good things. She was a well-rounded young lady. It’s amazing the way that’s stayed with me. I think the utmost of her and I felt that way from the start.”
Perhaps getting married and, even more so her “naked” political ambition to take up residence in the White House, changed her tune about the mahogany-hued males from her collegiate days and black folks in general.