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Bobby Jindal Isn’t A Real Indian, Say White Liberals

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Ladies and gentlemen: The Washington Post.

From the linked story:

[Bobby] Jindal’s status as a conservative of color helped propel his meteoric rise in the Republican Party — from an early post in the George W. Bush administration to two terms in Congress and now a second term as Louisiana governor — and donors from Indian American groups fueled his first forays into politics. Yet many see him as a man who has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his Indian roots…

“There’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal,” said Pearson Cross, a political science professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who is writing a book on the governor.

Well, if there’s anybody who would know, it’s gotta be a guy named Pearson Cross.

This is the expert on Indian identity:

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And these are the authors of the WaPo piece, Annie Gowen and Tyler Bridges:

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It’s not whitesplaining when their team does it.

We’re not supposed to tell other people how they should self-identify, are we? I’ve been told over and over that it’s wrong to do that. Especially if you’re a white person. And if you’re a white male… OMG! Yet here we have a Republican politician of Indian descent telling us how he chooses to self-identify, and a bunch of white people are right there to call him an Uncle Tandoori.

On behalf of white people everywhere, I apologize to Bobby Jindal. These three, and all the people who agree with them, are bigots.

Update: Here’s statement from Kyle Plotkin, spokesman for Gov. Jindal.

For years, liberals have attacked Governor Jindal for not being brown or Indian enough for their liking.

Liberals are fixated on race.

They have said he is ‘trying to scrub some of the brown off his skin” or ‘there’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal’ or that a portrait of him in the Governor’s Office was not brown enough.

Governor Jindal is proud of his heritage. He believes we need to stop fixating on race and hyphenated Americans. We are all Americans.

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Jim Treacher