All Your Thoughts are Belong to Us!

Phelps hipped me to this article about the new Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. This story begins by talking about Bobby Jindal as being a “man of no color� and I thought it was going to be a celebration of intellectual freedom over race-based prejudices and the ushering of race relations into a new era. Boy was I wrong.

It seems that the writer of this article, one Emil Guillermo, a print and broadcast journalist of Filipino descent, is not a big fan of colored people thinking for themselves. This can be gleaned by the negative remarks made about the Louisiana governor in his artice, including:

He doesn’t change skin tone. His skin is still as dark and constant given his immigrant Hindu parents from Punjab.

But the changes are they’re on the inside, which makes the constancy of his skin tone a tool of deception.

Yes, he’s tricking us by deliberately not bleaching his skin.

When you see a person of color, you expect someone with similar values, views, beliefs — someone in touch with the emerging new majority. With Jindal, you get someone who very deliberately and proudly downplays his race in order to seek his own individual path.

That kind of independence under certain circumstances may be commendable. But only if you happen to agree with his ideas that range from free-market health care, intelligent design instead of evolution, anti-choice and a fenced-in America.

Under some circumstances free independent thinking by minorities is acceptable??? What circumstances, pray tell, are those Mr. Guillermo? I would hate to run afoul of the proper limitations ethnic minorities have to think.

Where’s the breakthrough for Asian Americans when the celebrant hardly acknowledges his ethnicity or doesn’t represent us?

Here is the part that’s gonna shock you. Bobby Jindal wasn’t elected to represent only yellow or red people (gasp!). He was elected to represent THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF LOUISIANA! If elected officials were only supposed to represent their own ethnic groups then ethnic minorities should never be elected because that would be unfair to the majority. If this line of reasoning sounds silly it should. People are elected because they advocate and will presumably implement certain ideas. If representation was based on ethnicity, then every four years we wouldn’t hold an election, they would hold a census. But here comes the worst line of all:

Jindal may be the political empowerment version of the Pogo line, “We have seen the enemy, and it is us.� It’s negative diversity — where the group is abandoned for individual glory.

The worst part about this is that Guillermo thinks, simply by virtue of his ethnicity, that Bobby Jindal owes favoritism to people of the same ethnicity. There is a word for this and it begins with r. I can’t remember what it is.

When Jindal won, even the New York Times saw it fitting to remark how the first words from his mouth weren’t about his historic ethnic victory. It was about LSU’s defeat of Auburn earlier that day. It’s an old trick, a la “We’re all part of the same team. Just us honky-tonk footballers here!�

What you are really trying to say is that if your parents are from a race that is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent then it’s physically impossible for you to like football or to root for LSU. It’s all a scam and no matter how many generations go by your people may only like soccer. Fabulous. How about a curry joke next?

Is he bridge-building? Or is it an example of the sickening kind of denial that can easily be attributed to ambitious, Darwinian, “every person for himself,� success stories in our minority communities?

This mischaracterization of Darwin’s ideas is stunning in its retardnicity. “Every person for himself� in nature would imply that communities would never form, not only for humans but also for lions, buffalo, zebras, and chimpanzees. Charles Darwin clearly never said or implied this. While it is impossible to recapitulate an idea as extensive as natural selection in one tidy phrase, Darwin’s theories would better be summed as “survival of the fittest� or “alpha males get more pussy�. Every man for himself is the cry of pirates on a sinking ship, not of the advocates of natural selection or even of chimps.

Maybe not to the new governor of Louisiana, whose real name, by the way, is Piyush Jindal.

He adopted the name Bobby because he liked The Brady Bunch. Now he’s created a unique modern character in Asian American political history: “Uncle Bob.�

This last part is beneath comment but I’m going to comment anyway. A man may call himself whatever he wants to call himself. For example, you are free to tell me that your name is Emil Guillermo. Similarly, I am free to call you a racist.

I will end by noting one other thing. I was reading a sports writer’s article about Tiger Woods once and the author lamented that, a decade into the Tiger Woods era, he (the author) was saddened by the fact that young black people weren’t flocking to golf in droves as he had expected after Tiger started winning championships. I, in turn, am saddened by the fact that some people can’t simply appreciate Tiger Woods for what he is. The greatest golf player of all time. Not the best black man, not the best Amerasian, but the the best player ever. Some things are not about race.

11 Responses to “All Your Thoughts are Belong to Us!”

  1. Phelps says:

    Maybe the guy thought that since Tiger Woods was (part) black, once you let One of Them in, All of Them are going to be coming. It was like a reverse-double Archie Bunker.

  2. mexi says:

    They could change the game, see? Cuz they’s speedy!

  3. not you guys. The idiots I’m refering to are the race hustlers

  4. mexigogue says:

    That could have went either way. Phelps and I did, after all, just get done referencing Fisher Deberry and Archie Bunker

  5. I went to lunch with an Indian guy and he started talking about the World Series. I should have punched him

  6. mexigogue says:

    Similarly, my Buffalo Bills hat is a total farce. Since my parents were born in Mexico, I’m really a fan of the Mexican soccer team, the Guadalajara Staring Frogs (of Southern Sri Lanka).

  7. R says:

    I have always had issues with people describing particular achievements as “a victory for [gender/race/religion] everywhere.” For all the left’s desire for equality, they sure do race back to terms of discrimination (in its technical meaning) when something positive happens.

    Ideally, when everybody IS equal, these distinctions shouldn’t have to be made. The sad thing is that every time that they do, the people perpetrating these acts are moving us backwards instead of forwards.

    I bet the author also believes that people who were born in a developing country and have technical skills have an obligation to go back to the homeland to help it develop.

  8. Phelps says:

    Yeah, it was funny that a bunch of righty blogs said, “Republican wins governor race in LA” and a bunch of lefty blogs said “Indian guy wins governor race in LA”.

  9. Phelps says:

    I bet the author also believes that people who were born in India should only work in tech support or convenience stores.

  10. mexi says:

    I like when Marge was trying to convince Fat Tony that he didn’t have to live out a stereotype by being a Mafia guy. She said “There’s lot of other things you could do. You could be a pizza man. . or an organ grinder. .. Did I already say pizza man?”

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