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 â€œman of no colorâ€? 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 doesnâ€™t change skin tone. His skin is still as dark and constant given his immigrant Hindu parents from Punjab.
But the changes are theyâ€™re on the inside, which makes the constancy of his skin tone a tool of deception.
Yes, heâ€™s tricking us by deliberately not bleaching his skin.
When you see a person of color, you expect someone with similar values, views, beliefs â€” 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.
Whereâ€™s the breakthrough for Asian Americans when the celebrant hardly acknowledges his ethnicity or doesnâ€™t represent us?
Here is the part thatâ€™s gonna shock you. Bobby Jindal wasnâ€™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 wouldnâ€™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, â€œWe have seen the enemy, and it is us.â€? Itâ€™s negative diversity â€” 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 canâ€™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 werenâ€™t about his historic ethnic victory. It was about LSUâ€™s defeat of Auburn earlier that day. Itâ€™s an old trick, a la â€œWeâ€™re all part of the same team. Just us honky-tonk footballers here!â€?
What you are really trying to say is that if your parents are from a race that is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent then itâ€™s physically impossible for you to like football or to root for LSU. Itâ€™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, â€œevery person for himself,â€? success stories in our minority communities?
This mischaracterization of Darwinâ€™s ideas is stunning in its retardnicity. â€œEvery person for himselfâ€? 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, Darwinâ€™s theories would better be summed as â€œsurvival of the fittestâ€? or â€œalpha males get more pussyâ€?. 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 heâ€™s created a unique modern character in Asian American political history: â€œUncle Bob.â€?
This last part is beneath comment but Iâ€™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 writerâ€™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 werenâ€™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 canâ€™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.