Author’s Note: In my column in the News Wednesday, I criticized former Alaska governor Sarah Palin for wearing a black memorial bracelet with her son’s name on it, as Track returned unharmed from Iraq last fall. However, Sarah Palin’s bracelet was not black; instead, it was a dark brown “DeployedHero” bracelet worn by those who have loved ones currently serving in the military. The bracelet is different from the black one associated with men and women who are killed in action overseas. Recognizing this, I apologize to the governor and to any reader who might have been misled by my piece. I hope that this serves as an important lesson for anyone interested in the importance of these symbols.
It doesn’t matter if the bracelet were black or brown. As I pointed out in my prior post, black metal bracelets are worn not only by those commemorating fallen soldiers, but also by those honoring deployed soldiers. But that’s a mere detail.
And the most important lesson is not that we need to honor symbols, although symbols are important.
The most important lesson is that the Palin haters need to look in the mirror, not at Palin or her clothing and adornments, for the source of their hatred.
And that is a lesson which the Palin haters are incapable of learning.