Saturday, August 26, 2006

"It Just Betrays Ignorance”

Raj chides Senator George Allen for remarks.

Sen. George Allen, R-Va., found himself a target of much greater criticism this week when he directed another wisecrack at an Indian campaign worker for his opponent, James Webb. He called the worker "Macaca," a nickname that some observers have interpreted as a racist slur.

I thought Raj Bhakta might have something to say about the controversy, so I called him this afternoon. "Sen. Allen's 'macaca' moment was a true ca-ca moment," Bhakta said of his GOP brother. "It just betrays ignorance of the Indian community and our contributions to American society."

While no one can be certain that Allen meant to demean the campaign worker because of his Indian ancestry, Bhakta said, it was totally inappropriate of the senator to call attention to the only Indian person at the event, tease him and say "Welcome to America." He called Allen's comments "stupid" and unenlightened.


Blogger TrekMedic251 said...

Mohawk,...macaca,..its all the same to Sen. Allen, right?


11:59 AM  
Blogger Allison Meets World said...

I am so embarassed
that George Allen is from
my home state : X

10:53 PM  

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