Bobby Jindal: Enough With 'Something-Americans'
Louisiana Governor thinks we need a 'melting pot,' not a 'salad bowl'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2013 12:35 PM CDT
Louisana Governor Bobby Jindal speaks at a Republican fundraiser Friday, May 10, 2013 in Manchester, NH.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

(Newser) – America has a lot of problems in Bobby Jindal's eyes—like divorce, abortion, pornography, and sexual predators—but racism isn't a massive one anymore, he writes for Politico. Sure, it "rears its ugly head from time to time," but he notes that we've made huge strides since the days of MLK, and reminds us that he had little trouble being elected governor of Louisiana. Voters care about your beliefs, "not what shade your skin is," he writes. "I noticed recently that the president … seems to have a darker shade of skin than most Americans. He hasn't had a problem getting elected."

"Yet we still place far too much emphasis on our 'separateness,'" Jindal complains, bemoaning "the age of hyphenated Americans" like African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Indian-Americans. What he'd like to see: a return to the tradition of blending America's many immigrant cultures into a unified whole. "Here's an idea," he writes. "How about just 'Americans?' That has a nice ring to it." While there's nothing wrong with taking pride in your heritage, "we must resist the politically correct trend of changing the melting pot into a salad bowl." Click for Jindal's full column.

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John Masters
Aug 31, 2015 12:36 PM CDT
Real Americans know that: If you are born here, you're an American. That's what Thomas Jefferson and John Adams said, and it was law even before the U.S. Constitution. Bubba Jin's right-wing kook issues aside, look at what Bobby Jin has done for the citizens of his state: Reduced health care for citizens Gutted educational opportunities Withheld support for mental heath Denied basic food aid to starving citizens I am from New Orleans and I can tell you that any businesses succeeding in Louisiana are doing so in spite of Bubba Jin. Bubba Jin: Your money goes in his pocket.
getherdone
Aug 29, 2013 9:55 AM CDT
You mean that Jindal hasn't uglied himself to death? Gawd, what ugly people the RepubliCONS are, inside and out. Put him, McConnell, Walker, all in a bag and see which will be the first to ugly themselves to death.
BenDunn
Aug 28, 2013 11:47 AM CDT
You want cry baby black people to drop their title that gives them access to every working Americans wallets?? You must be kidding black people are coddled cradle to grave, the African American titles are there to make sure of this!!