Dad: Palin Left Hawaii Because of Minorities

Too many Asians, Pacific Islanders, he says in new book
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2009 8:37 PM CST
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin signs a copy of "Going Rogue" Dec. 3, 2009, in Fayetteville, Ark.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – In a new book, Sarah Palin’s father says one reason she cut short her college career in Hawaii was because the heavy minority population made her uncomfortable—and not, as she writes in her book, because “perpetual sunshine isn’t necessarily conducive to serious academics.” Lefty sites have seized on the tidbit in Sarah From Alaska, reviewed today for the New Yorker by Sam Tanenhaus in tandem with Going Rogue:

Palin’s dad, Chuck Heath, told the authors “the presence of so many Asians and Pacific Islanders made her uncomfortable: ‘They were a minority type thing and it wasn’t glamorous, so she came home.’ In any case, Palin reports that she much preferred her last stop, the University of Idaho, “because it was much like Alaska yet still ‘Outside.’”

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