Bobby Jindal: Enough With 'Something-Americans'

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

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. (More Bobby Jindal stories.)

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