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Preview of things to come: WaPo mocks Bobby Jindal’s ethnic authenticity

Preview of things to come: WaPo mocks Bobby Jindal’s ethnic authenticity

Money quote used to promote post: “There’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal.”

Remember when Scott Brown was chastised for questioning another type of Indian candidate?

He was uniformly raked over the coals by the media.

When the candidate is a Republican however, their ethnicity and race are considered worthy of attack.

Case in point, Annie Gowen of the Washington Post:

From Piyush to Bobby: How does Jindal feel about his family’s past?

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.

As a child, he announced he wanted to go by the name Bobby, after a character in “The Brady Bunch.” He converted from Hinduism to Christianity as a teen and was later baptized a Catholic as a student at Brown University — making his devotion to Christianity a centerpiece of his public life. He and his wife were quick to say in a “60 Minutes” interview in 2009 that they do not observe many Indian traditions — although they had two wedding ceremonies, one Hindu and one Catholic. He said recently that he wants to be known simply as an American, not an Indian American.

“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.

The Post must be fairly proud of that last part because, as Ed Morrissey of Hot Air notes, they’re using it to promote the story on social media:

John Nolte of Breitbart has Jindal’s response:

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.

As a conservative of Asian descent, Michelle Malkin has seen her share of similar attacks from liberals. She addressed the issue in a recent column:

The media’s vile attacks on conservative assimilationists

I have had enough of smug liberal elites wrapped in their “Celebrate Diversity” banners tearing down minority conservatives.

Look in the mirror, media and academia bigots. Your own reflexive racism and divisive rhetoric are poisoning public discourse. There’s nothing “progressive” about attacking the children and grandchildren of immigrants who proudly embrace an American identity.

We are not “self-hating.” You just hate what we believe.

Indeed. It’s difficult to imagine the Washington Post asking a similar question about a Democrat.

It’s just a sign of what is to come this season, since the Republican field is so much more diverse than the Democrats.

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So, this was already all over the news …. last weeek.

Did someone just wake you up from a week-long nap?

Gowan is a Scottish surname. Perhaps we should be asking the WaPo reporter how much Scot they have left in them? When can we get a reporter to as Nancy Pelosi to speak some Italian to prove her authenticity? Rodham is a British surname. Let’s hear when Hillary last ate Steak and kidney pie. Does she enjoy kippers for breakfast? Does she find it difficult to drive on the right side of the road? Can she assure us that she will not be subservient to the Queen?

This ends when we make them play by their own rules and show how idiotic their questions are.

    DINORightMarie in reply to jim_m. | July 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Unfortunately for your argument, these leftists lump European whites into the same category as all whites. And, their rules state that it’s fair game to attack a minority IF the are not towing the line of how they should feel and think.

    I agree about using their rules to trip them up – it’s an Alinsky tactic, one they use often and well. However, in this case, the ARE following their own rules.

    Isn’t it appalling, almost ironic, how these so-called “progressives” are in fact the polar opposite; but they are rather the most closed-minded, totalitarian, hate-filled anti-progress people imaginable?

    Welcome to the 21st century. Welcome to Ameritopia.

    Radegunda in reply to jim_m. | July 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Here’s the rule: White people are supposed to be deeply ashamed of their cultural heritage and their skin color. Everyone else is supposed to be proud.

Hey, these journolists are just doing what they are supposed to be doing to any and all opposition to Lady Hillary! I mean, Jeez, isn’t that what our First Amendment is all about, really?

Of course, on the flip side, these same so-called reporters would never discourse adverse information about the leading Socialist candidate; just about her potential competition.

VaGentleman | July 5, 2015 at 11:13 am

He is guilty of assimilating.
Without saying macaca, WaPo says macaca.

Separation of heritage and citizenship? Jindal can’t be the only one.

Message to Annie Gowen: There’s a place where a full devotion to Indian customs is commonplace and appropriate. It’s called “India.”

When people leave India and move to another country, it’s often because they find the other county’s ways and customs more appealing. Unfortunately, many people move to the U.S. (or Canada or Europe) only for material benefits, and they try to make their new country more like the one they chose to leave. (I heard one Latina alien say, “We shouldn’t have to assimilate, because we’re just here for the economics.”)

Democrats hate the first kind of immigrant and love the second kind. But they would never suggest that any Asian or African and Latin American country should prefer and welcome immigrants who aim to change their cultures — because that would be raaacist.

    Hank in reply to Radegunda. | July 5, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I believe it was just a few weeks ago they were all over Nikki Haley for checking “caucasian” on a driver’s license application, seems there is no way to win with ancestry from India?

Maybe they should tell Cassius Clay that he doesn’t have much black left in him. Changed is name and converted from Christian to Muslim.
Maybe they should ask themselves how 1st graders would pronounce “Piyush”. When you have a name the other kids make fun of, you change it if you can.

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | July 5, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Say it. Wapo is racist.

So the only authentic minority to the WaPo is one who is broke unemployed, and has at least one relative in jail, and or dead by inner city violence.

Doesn’t sound like the Washington Post actually likes successful minorities much; only the ones they can feel pity for.

    Observer in reply to Voyager. | July 6, 2015 at 7:23 am

    You forgot some other essential characteristics — such as “doesn’t speak English,” and “still defiantly flying the flag of their native country.”

    The WaPo’s idea of an “authentic” immigrant is an MS-13 gang-banger, or one of those illegal alien “activists” who show up at amnesty demonstrations and need to have a Spanish-language interpreter translate their demands, despite the fact that the “activist” has lived in the U.S. for decades.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Voyager. | July 6, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    You got it!

    Those they can “ENSLAVE!”

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