CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misstated the color of a bracelet Sarah Palin wore during a Tea Party appearance. Palin's bracelet was not black, as was reported by several news outlets, and is not meant to memorialize her son Track Palin, but rather to honor his service, according to Herobracelets.org.
Sarah Palin did not commit a faux-pas last weekend by wearing a bracelet with the name of her son Track Palin, who served in Iraq in 2008, as some news outlets reported.
In a guest article in Wednesday's Yale Daily News, Eric Robinson, a first-year Yale graduate student in international relations and a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, asserted that Palin's bracelet was black -- a choice that he found troubling:
This brings me back to my issue with Palin. The name on her black memorial bracelet -- one, like the gold star, a demonstration of a friend or associate who was killed in action -- is that of her oldest son, Track. Track served honorably in Iraq, and both he and his parents should be thanked for his selfless service to his country. He is also alive.
Other blogs, however, reported that the wristband she wore was actually a "deployment bracelet."