Yesha Callahan

Louisiana Governor: ‘Racism persists because minorities cling to their heritage’

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In commemoration for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, Politico ran an op-ed  penned by Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal (R).  Jindal stated that racism is “one of the more tragic features of the human condition.”

From Raw Story:

“I do believe however, that while racism still rears its ugly head from time to time, America has made significant progress in the half century since Dr. King’s incredible speech,” he wrote. “But not all the news is good. In another respect, we have taken some steps backward.”

Jindal also said that minorities are just clinging to their heritage and place too much emphasis on “separateness”. “We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few.”

“Here’s an idea: How about just ‘Americans?’ That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our ‘separateness’ is a step backward. Bring back the melting pot,” the governor opined.

Racism rears its ugly head from time to time?

Well that’s news to me. Because racism rears its ugly head a lot in this country.

But if you want to praise Jindal for being the first “Indian-American governor”, then he’ll gladly accept his hyphenated status.

In an interview,  NBC host David Gregory praised Jindal for being “the first Indian-American governor.”

“I want my children to have those same opportunities,” Jindal replied. “This is the greatest country in the history of the world.”

So minorities, stop clinging to your heritage, because according to  Jindal, you’re the ones that are actually making racism thrive.

  1. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Ugh! What an idiot. There has been a lot of idiots flapping their jaws speaking bs in the media lately. He needs to have several seats with that analysis. I’ll give up my heritage once he gives up his. Ridiculous!

    • August 26, 2013 - Reply

      @IslandgirlDesi

      “I’ll give up my heritage once he gives up his.”

      Well Desi, it looks like Bobby, I mean Piyush, already did.

  2. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    His face makes me want to pinch a baby rabbit, I swear. I’d rather cling to my heritage than assimilate; too many children growing up with out some sense of culture or tradition. So this fool is telling me that racism is caused by people adding “American” to what they are? Oh, so by saying I’m African American, not only am I alerting you that I’m black but I’m welcoming racism. OK.
    He needs to take his ass somewhere.
    And that face. That face…

  3. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    “Americans:
    Asian-Americans,
    Italian-Americans,
    African-Americans,
    Mexican-Americans,
    Cuban-Americans,
    Indian-Americans,
    and Native Americans”

    Add Irish-American plus all the others that hyphenate… Are we still minorities? No. The population that celebrates and passes on their culture and traditions is larger than the population that refers to themselves as “Americans”. That’s what this country was built on… Foreigners.

  4. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Some people really do not think before making a comment. I mean seriously “racism still rears its ugly head from time to time” you have to be joking. The sad part is these are the people elected to office, making decisions on behalf of citizens.

  5. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    so basically we should all follow his lead and renounce any trace of our ethnic identity. for example we can have everyone call us a nice American name like “Bobby” instead of “Piyush”. then we can convert from from Hinduism to Catholicism. then all that pesky racism will stop!

  6. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    This is part of the New Racism-pretending racism doesn’t exist. Jindal and Allen West take turns holding the lantern on the GOP’s front lawn.

  7. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    I often wonder why we are so quick to hate someone’s opinion. Did you pause and give it just a thought. I did. Maybe it isn’t the direction that I would consider but its an interesting notion. Do we keep racism alive and thriving the more we give it undue thought. I can see what he is saying… Do I 100% agree… No, but did I lend an ear and listen.. yes.

    • August 26, 2013 - Reply

      @lawrencegonzalez01

      Considering that racism was if full bloom before we even thought about hyphenating our nationality, I am going to have to give him a fail on that. Think about it really, you think people who categorize us as “the blacks” publicly are really spurred by an hyphen?

      Don’t fall for the Jedi mind trick son!

      Its all part of the new approach on the Right, where minorities are the true racist, aka Obama hates white people or “they” attract racism. Folks like Jindal are playing the “honorary white” game just like they would have played it in Apartheid South Africa.

      I would ask him if when he gets in a room of Republicans at a gathering down in the bayou if it is his fault that he his like a raisin in a bowl of milk?

  8. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    What else was Bobby Jindal going to say? Assimilating got him the governorship of Louisiana. He alo knows that any real critique racism will unleash a torrent of it on his brown head.

  9. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    I have no problem clinging to my African Heritage, because my heritage is one of greatness, even if much of our legacy was stolen. If he wants America to think of all of us as true Americans, then they need to get rid of the boxes that separate and categorize us. Drop the hyphen that distinguishes us from others and start acting like we are Americans, because it was on the backs of our ancestors that much of America’s wealth and economic infrastructure was built. Regardless of what Jindal writes, he will never be president because he is all about the GOP party and does not put the needs of the people first and that’s not what American people need, Louisianians are suffering enough from his party politics.

  10. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    There is nothing sadder in this world than a POC who sips on that white kool-aid.

  11. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    What about how Euro-centric this country is and has always been?? Is it divisive that we have adopted and incorporated so much culture from various European countries. People who are not of European decent are marginalized because of this. Oh and when were we ever a melting pot when not everyone has been able to contribute to the mix. What exactly are we supposed to melt into? Assimilating in this country has always been about the majority demanding that the others follow their lead. It’s ridiculous when the young read western literature(white European literature) easily and look askance at works from West Africa.

  12. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    I would love to be an “American” but they won’t let me

  13. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    If he wants to go there…ask his family about British rule in India and then ask them to get over it…..

    • August 26, 2013 - Reply

      @Pam Martin

      He knows. He’s just a puppet.

  14. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Jindal’s argument makes no sense for African Americans or Afro Caribbeans because we already have lost or original languages and most of us have also lost our original religions. We no longer wear the clothes of our ancestors either.

    The true irony is the rest of the nation loves our culture and constantly appropriate it. They just hate us.

    • August 27, 2013 - Reply

      @Anthony

      Culture vultures…

  15. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Can’t people admit this might be a little bit true? I was dating a woman who wanted me to buy shoes for her kids and I let her pick them out…then a week later she called me and told me the kid’s father had come over and thrown the shoes away because “they were not black enough”. What kind of heritage were those shoes representing?

  16. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Ohhhhhh he wants to be a white man so badly!!!! Native Americans?? Really!!! I couldn’t believe he said that one. I consider myself American, but do whites consider nonwhites American, not a chance!!!

  17. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    no matter what someone’s heritage, racism should not exist period. the solution is not to ignore and forget our heritage; the solution is to teach and spread acceptance and equality no matter our differences.

  18. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Exactly….thats WHY they want us to “blend in”.
    Honestly, my friends thought I would end up w/ a caucasian man, but I knew better.
    Just cause I don’t act like what others deem as “normal” behavior AAW. I’m so thankful for my AAM, he’s everything that I wanted and more and we can share our heritage w/out overlooking or hiding it. #BlackLove

  19. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Gov. Jindal’s comments are naive and misguided and should be taken as such. The GOP has been pushing him as the face and voice of a “new and improved” party, but comments like this only affirm that Republicans have absolutely no clue about the reality and continued prevalence of racism in this country. As an Indian-American (hyphen for emphasis), he knows that his brown skin and surname have probably resulted in him being mistaken for a terrorist. More than once, I’m sure, especially in the post-9/11 era.

    What insults me most is that he and his ilk are using the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to spew their naivete and ignorance about real racial problems in this country. Talk about some progress, sure, but note that we have a very, VERY long way to go.

  20. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Oh dear. I have never heard of Mr.Jindal before but as soon as I saw his face and name I knew it was going to be an Indian man. It’s disturbing how dismissive some Black and Brown people are of their heritage just to fit into how white people want to see them. Some Indians are so confused they would rather kiss the ass of the White man than talk to a Black person.

    The fact that he calls himself Bobby, which is far from his real name Piyush, is the first red flag. A lot of Indians do this. Growing up with lots of Indian friends and in predominently Asian communities, apart from the British fucking up the country and how they see themselves, I learned that they have some identical problems with colourism and race within their community. Skin lightening, aversion to dark skin, caste system, etc. Changing your traditional name is a big way to try and conceal or try and run away from your heritage.

    The British part for me, like the American part for you guys, holds absolutely no significance or pride to me or my identity as a Black woman. The only thing it does it show my nationality which the government use for forms, application forms, etc. I will never just call myself British. The British have fucked up Black and Brown communities all over the world. I am Black and that’s all there is to it. What a joke!

  21. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Wow. I love how people put racism at the people it’s perpetrated against. I also love the whole “We must assimilate,” b.s. as if that will solve centuries of White supremacy and hegemony. Riiight. Yeah, because minorities have NEVER wanted to assimilate and do things like learn English, compete for the same jobs, live in the same neighborhoods and do the same things…oh…wait……

  22. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    GOV JINDAL adopts the same mentality of a white southerner’s denial that rascism is alive and prevalent by wanting us AA to think that since slavery is over, we should just get on with our lives and forget about it, and the continued mentioned of black SOLIDARITY AND UNITY, promotes Segregation, however, i dont see any pakistanis or indians who set up businesses in this country hiring black people or marching with them against police brutality..except when the planes hit, america reminded them that they are the NEW BLACK..

  23. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Jindal is no threat. Without a historical reference point you never go far.

  24. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    What di bombobloodra&*$%?????

  25. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Well it just goes to show how deep runs the false consciousness that non-whites around the globe have been hypnotized with.

    If we weren’t all sleep walking to white supremacy’s death rhymes there would be no white supremacy . . . . overnight.

    For those who admit to being willing to assimilate if only white supremacy would let them. You have a lot more work to do on Self.

    That you’re willing to be integrated into an unjust system doesn’t speak well of you.

  26. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    I WILL NEVER ASSIMILATE TO WHITE CULTURE!!!!

    NEVER!!!!

  27. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Sure I’ll be glad to call myself an “American” when the rest of America stops racial profiling, discrimination, prejudice, under handed segregation & anything else that makes us feel like 3rd class citizens simply because we do not look like them. Better yet, they can start by not referring to non caucasian people as “minorities”

  28. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    “Bring back the melting pot”, he says. America has never been a melting pot; I would say it’s more like a tossed salad. I don’t believe that Gov. Jindal is this clueless; he spews this propaganda b/c it benefits him to do so.

  29. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Again this goes to show you that just because someone is brown skinned or a minority doesn’t mean they are your ally. Personally, I can’t stand Bobby Jindal and can’t wait until his term is over for governor of Louisiana; this dude is clueless on a lot of issues. Furthermore, this all goes back to what most comments was hinting on in the “Top Boy Ashley Walters…” post of using a frankly juvenile and naïve argument of “we are all Americans, everybody is multiracial, everybody is going to mixed anyway, etc.” to deny race relations or dealing with race relations between people. Lastly, why is it that “American culture” is defaulted to white culture automatically? Minority BUILT this country so the American experience is different for everyone cross races, cultures, within races/cultures, etc. so there is truly NO ONE American culture and experience because being an American comprises of many different things AND people so saying you are African, Asian, Indian, Native, etc.- American is appropriate. Why is it that people, i.e. US, have to deny our culture/heritage to make others feel better? They did a fine job at stripping us from our identify when they enslaved us and brought us here so we need to assimilate more…man GTFOHWTBS.

    And racism doesn’t have to rear its ugly head, it is always there but certain folks CHOOSE to ignore it.

    • August 26, 2013 - Reply

      @binks

      I think the whole “we are all Americans, everybody is multiracial, everybody is going to mixed anyway, etc.” is just a way for whites to feel absolved from everything their ancestors did to minorities (they feel more sorry for themselves b/c remembering it makes them feel bad lol). I think Black people say it because b/c they like the idea of not being Black in some distant future.

  30. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Oh please! Even if I do not consciously think about being black something or someone will surely remind me by the the time the day is through even if it is subliminally. Racism is still a problem because some people believe in racial superiority and inferiority. I hate when a “minority” such as Jindal becomes successful and then wants to pretend racism is so simple to fix and/or is not real. Once again someone blames the victims of racism instead of targeting people who hold ugly beliefs and generalize an entire race of people.

  31. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    This nit-wit doesn’t have a clue. And he will get a wide awakening if he decides to run for President in 2016

    • August 27, 2013 - Reply

      @Pepper

      Well we know he has done everything to be white. Poor fool!

  32. August 26, 2013 - Reply

    Very well put Pepper.

  33. August 27, 2013 - Reply

    He and that woman in South Carolina make me physically ill. They refuse to realize that there positions are the result of the fight of people of colour in this nation. He was too dumb to realize that the only reason he was chosen to give the GOP response to the first State of the Nation done by President Obama was because the GOP saw him as Black and needed to use him as their Black representative to The Black president. “None are so blind and those who will not see” But then what would one expect of a man who threw off even his own name and religion to accept a name from a boy on a white tv show and change himself or sell out. I can’t stand him.

  34. August 27, 2013 - Reply

    In India we just call them “coconuts” .. brown folks who are white in their thinking… we have a whole bunch of them here we would like to get rid of .. can we please send them to the “melting pot”..

  35. August 27, 2013 - Reply

    Wow, “…clinging to your heritage?! What a punk.

    There is nothing wrong with the differences amongst us. It’s these cultural differences that makes this country so amazing and vibrant. Why would you want to smother that?

    African-American, Asian-Am, White Am, Latino-Am….we’re all Americans still.

  36. August 27, 2013 - Reply

    I love how it’s always what the minorities need to do to for racial progress. This isn’t some shit we started, it’s what we must deal with. I can even…

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