Here I thought this was America, where people like Bobby Jindal were welcome to succeed, and were to be judged on the merits of their achievements and the content of their character.
I guess I was wrong…at least according to author and racist throwback Emil Guillermo at Asian Week:
Jindal, the first Indian American in U.S. history to be elected governor last Saturday — in Louisiana of all places — is what I call a “man without color.”Normally, you’d describe a person “without color” as white, but even white is a color. Jindal’s a guy who seems to aspire to being totally colorless (that’s not to say bloodless, though we are talking about a professional politician here).
In the past, this sort of character might have been labeled a chameleon, but even that’s not quite Jindal.
He doesn’t change skin tone. His skin is still as dark and constant given his immigrant Hindu parents from Punjab.
But the changes are they’re on the inside, which makes the constancy of his skin tone a tool of deception.
When you see a person of color, you expect someone with similar values, views, beliefs — someone in touch with the emerging new majority. With Jindal, you get someone who very deliberately and proudly downplays his race in order to seek his own individual path. That kind of independence under certain circumstances may be commendable. But only if you happen to agree with his ideas that range from free-market health care, intelligent design instead of evolution, anti-choice and a fenced-in America.
When did Newt Gingrich die and reincarnate?
On second thought, no, I’m right, and Mr. Guillermo is wrong. The fact that Jindal is the first American of Indian heritage to be elected governor is interesting, in a historical footnote way, as is the fact that this happened in a state with a reputation for bad race relations. But really, the important thing about this election is that it signals a willingness on the part of Louisiana voters to choose a positive change in policy and someone who is able and willing to lead over the same-old-same-old corruption, incompetence, and machine politics of the past. The voters of Louisiana chose someone who ran on principle and ideas, and NOT on racial identity and victim-group politics…and that’s the real sin to racists like Mr. Guillermo.