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Bobby Jindal Blames Racial Inequality On Minorities Being Too Proud Of Their Heritages

There are DL'ers who would agree with him, what with their rants about the EYE-talians saying that they're Italian when asked about their heritage in the US.


One day after thousands rallied at the March on Washington 50th anniversary demonstration, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) pitched the Republican civil rights vision…by criticizing minorities for not assimilating into American culture.

In a Politico op-ed Sunday, Jindal lamented that minorities place “undue emphasis” on heritage, and urged Americans to resist “the politically correct trend of changing the melting pot into a salad bowl” comprised of proudly ethnic identities.

Jindal insisted that, “while racism still rears its ugly head from time to time” since Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I have a dream” speech, the major race problem facing modern America is that minorities are too focused on their “separateness”:

Yet 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.

If he had done even cursory research before writing his editorial, Jindal may have discovered some systemic inequities preventing minorities from assimilating to his satisfaction. Though Jindal is right that Americans have made “significant progress” since the March On Washington For Jobs And Freedom, the national black unemployment rate has steadily remained double the white unemployment rate for the past 60 years.

In urban areas like Chicago, the poverty rate and median income for black families is also about the same as it was in 1963.

Even segregation, once vanquished by the civil rights movement, is rebounding aggressively.

Since 2001, urban schools and neighborhoods have become increasingly re-segregated through lax integration enforcement and so-called “white flight.” Research shows this resegregation intensifies poverty and violence in minority neighborhoods, trapping black families in an endless cycle. Jindal himself has helped this trend along in New Orleans with his school privatization plan, which has worsened racial inequality in 34 historically segregated public schools and, according to the Justice Department, “reversed much of the progress made toward integration.”

by Anonymousreply 608/25/2013

What an idiot.

by Anonymousreply 108/25/2013

What's that Paki going on about now?

by Anonymousreply 208/25/2013

Does he realize that Caucasian people do this too? My partner is from northern MN, and all that his family talks about is their Scandinavian heritage. They even eat the shitty food several times a week. I'm sure he wouldn't have a problem with white people being proud though.

by Anonymousreply 308/25/2013

I should add that he wouldn't be where he is in the Republican Party if he wasn't brown. He should thank his lucky stars that they need a brown guy.

by Anonymousreply 408/25/2013

People like Jindal always say crap like that but are the first to make sure minorities feel like they are "others". When minorities aren't subjected to discrimination and racial hatred from the other "Americans", then we can talk.

by Anonymousreply 508/25/2013

Jindal is criticizing minorities for not assimilating while he shamelessly tries to 'curry' favor with the GOP.

by Anonymousreply 608/25/2013
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