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Is Governor @BobbyJindal Playing Blame the Victim Game when It Comes to Racism?


Bobby JindalLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has no problem bringing up how he is the son of Indian immigrants during stump speeches, commentaries he writes and during speeches on the campaign trail.

Yet as the nation reflects on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Had a Dream Speech” and the march on Washington, any progress this nation hasn’t made on race is the victim’s fault.

That’s at least according to a blog Jindal wrote for Politico.

 “There is no more shallow, hollow, or soulless way to think about human beings than in terms of their skin color. It is completely inane…

“We still place far too much emphasis on our “separateness,” our heritage, ethnic background, skin color, etc. 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.

“There is nothing wrong with people being proud of their different heritages. We have a long tradition of folks from all different backgrounds incorporating their traditions into the American experience, but we must resist the politically correct trend of changing the melting pot into a salad bowl. E pluribus Unum.”

Yes, Governor, the American story is one of different cultures and the welcoming of others to our shores. It would be nice to place the emphasis on the “American” in all of us. But Mister Jindal, the reality is unless you happen to have a big title like Governor before your name, most minorities are still considered a second tier of American.
 Perhaps this recent poll from Reuters/IPSOS poll will bring things back into focus for you. Four out of ten white Americans who responded to the survey acknowledge they don’t have friends outside their own race.  Only one out of four non-whites say the same thing.
So Governor, it would seem the people doing the separating aren’t the “hyphenated” Americans, as you like to call them. It’s the white Americans who choose to do the separating. Until that time when this barrier breaks down, its imperative that minorities continue to work together as a community to educate and destroy the barriers that prevent them from being considered full fledged Americans.
Read Jindal’s blog in Politico and give us your thoughts. Is Governor Jindal blaming the victim?




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