Saturday, October 27, 2007

I Have a Louisianan Dream

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Source: Excerpt from the I Have a Dream speech by Martin Luther King Jr

Bobby Jindal whose ancestry is Inidan wins the governorship of Louisiana. I do not expect lefties and Democrats to be celebrating, but here is one very cheap comment on Bobby's victory:
The politics of color is changing in America. For people of color, the best path to success may be to become a “person of no color.”

I caution people in evaluating the apparent success of Bobby Jindal.

Jindal, the first Indian American in U.S. history to be elected governor last Saturday — in Louisiana of all places — is what I call a “man without color.”Normally, you’d describe a person “without color” as white, but even white is a color. Jindal’s a guy who seems to aspire to being totally colorless (that’s not to say bloodless, though we are talking about a professional politician here).

In the past, this sort of character might have been labeled a chameleon, but even that’s not quite Jindal.

He doesn’t change skin tone. His skin is still as dark and constant given his immigrant Hindu parents from Punjab.
Source: Asian Week – Uncle Bob Jindal: Man of No Color (Emil Guillermo)
Hat tip to Michelle Malkin for the pickup. Now, some may say they are not automatically going to praise Bobby Jindal because he won not just in the south but the deep south a land the majority of the left consider to be deeply racist and to a certain extent they have a point. Bobby Jindal does not get a pass because of the color of his skin. However, what disturbs me is far from taking the Jindal victory as a sign of defeat of serious and systemic racism lefties like Emil take it a sign of racism. Its the old trick of labeling as a racist anyone who claims they have friends from other races.

Emil rips on Bobby Jindal for cheering LSU as his first victory speech comments were about LSU beating Aubrun (boo! I have a cousin who is an Auburn Alumni). Isn't this what America is about? Find threads of unity great or trivial and focusing on them? Sure, Bobby could have talked about how he is emblematic of the success of Martin Luther King Jr. how some guy with dark skin and Asian ancestry could be elected governor to a redneck state. What good would that do? The later speech is the scissors to our communal fabric and the former is thread and needle.

Normally that would be an easy walk to a win for anybody. But Louisiana has the rule that if no one polls over 50%, there's a runoff election. It's rare that anyone running for statewide office skips the runoff and wins outright. And Jindal was up against an especially ugly, racist and anti-Catholic Democratic campaign. [emphasis added]
Source: TPM Cafe – The actual incredible significance of Jindal's win (Mgmax)
TPM Cafe is no friend of conservatives, but they are much more careful about Jindal's win and there is refreshing honesty with the quote about an especially ugly, racist and anti-Catholic Democratic campaign.

The only tool in the belt of Emil and his ilk is charging racism. When you have only one tool all situations call for that tool. Emil, time to buy some more tools.

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