US presidential hopeful’s ‘done with Indian-American’ remark prompts Twitter storm

(From Reuters)

Louisiana Governor and US presidential candidate Bobby Jindal caused a Twitter storm of jokes and insults in India on Thursday after he said he dislikes being called an Indian-American.

Republican Jindal is the first person of Indian origin to join the US presidential race. During his campaign launch on Wednesday, Jindal said he was “done with” descriptions that identified Americans by their origin, ethnicity or wealth. “We are not Indian-Americans, African-Americans, Irish-Americans, rich Americans, or poor Americans. We are all Americans,” the two-term governor said to loud cheers at the event in a suburb of New Orleans.

The comment, however, was interpreted by some people on Twitter as an attempt to distance himself from India. Read more

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  • Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

    When Bobby Jindal first ran against Blanco for Governor of Louisiana, the opponent Democratic party put out ads labeling Jindal an “Arab”. He lost the first time due to the voting banks of he blacks voter, by and large, and the white Democratic voters. There is no way Bobby Jindal can change that title of being called an “Indian American” for he is a person from a “visible minority”. He does not have the luxury of Europeans coming to the US and blending into the population, only to be called “whites” in a general way.
    The more he makes an issue of it the more the label will stick.

  • Eddied

    In America people really don’t care much about what your background might be…everyone has some type of ethnicity…but if you were born and raised in the USA then you are just American…

  • Bobserver

    It’s an issue whether he mentions it or not and there are and will be racists in America even to the extent that there will be those that drive-by and shoot ethnic Indians/Sikhs thinking they are Arabs/Muslims.

  • Bobserver

    I would agree. Your nationality, American, in this case should be what the voters are concerned with and not with his ethnic group which consist of his racial and cultural underpinnings. Even in the latter, Bobby Jindal, may have more cultural affinity with the American way of life then his skin colour is just a distraction. America is meant to be the great melting pot. Most people are immigrants or descendant from them, Native Americans excepted.

  • Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

    True but people from the subcontinent fall into a grey zone. Including people from Iran or the Middle East. If you “look” white then you are white. Remember days in College when the Iranian revolution took place. I got jeers and shouts to “go back home” from American college students because I “looked” non white and what they thought, at that time, was what an Iranian looked like, I saw Iranian students. I could make out the difference. they blended in among the white students and kept quiet while I was singled out and I do not look Iranian. Perceptions can be very effective in race relations in the US.