Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Remember Macaca? Now Sikh Jesus

So George Allen gets pilloried for saying macaca,

This fellow here over here with the yellow shirt, Macaca, or whatever his name is. He's with my opponent... Let's give a welcome to Macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia.

Maybe it was a racial insult. Maybe not. I never heard the word "Macaca" used as an pejorative and I doubt that many in the Washington press corp had. Still the question for George Allen is why did you use the word if it wasn't intended to be insulting? Calling someone a monkey is rarely considered to be the appropriate thing to do. 

Now, a few years later, and in state not that far away from Virginia we have Phil Bailey, the Executive Director of the South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus, calling the sitting governor, Nikki Haley, "Sikh Jesus." Mr. Bailey is not running for Governor of South Carolina but he is making statements as "hateful" as that made by George Allen and we do not hear any rumblings coming from the Washington Press Corps. Not a peep. (In case you're not aware of it Nikki Haley is the Republican Governor of South Carolina and is the daughter of Sikh immigrants.)

At roughly the same time the South Carolina AFL-CIO president Donna DeWitt was at a function and was videoed taking whacks a pinata with a picture of Niki Haley on it. I'm not particularly bothered by the video. I don't think it evil or degrading or inciting violence. It's political theatre. I'm bringing it up not for that particular act but for the lack of outrage from MSNBC, CNN and other concerned groups. Just imagine if one of the executives of Club For Growth was videoed smacking a pinata with the picture of Nancy Pelosi on it. Oh, the outrage! Oh, the angst! Oh, the humanity!


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