A Letter to Governor Jindal
Dear Governor Jindal:
After reading your Sunday’s editorial in POLITICO regarding the ills of “Racism” in the world, but particularly in the United States, I find your opinion on the topic to be greatly sanitized and “watered down” for the consumption (benefit) of individuals who wish to quickly move on from the uncomfortable topic of “Racism in America” to the less threatening entertainment section of POLITICO. After all isn’t “everybody” a bit of a racist?
Governor Jindal you write, “Racism is one of the more tragic features of the human condition. Like greed, envy, and other sins, it has been around for thousands of years, on every continent.
So here we are, in the most advanced, successful, and powerful nation in the history of the world, and yet we continue to struggle to get past the color of each other’s skin.
There is no more shallow, hollow, or soulless way to think about human beings than in terms of their skin color. It is completely inane. Under what logic would any intelligent, logical, or decent person give any thought to the pigmentation of a person’s epidermis? It’s nothing short of immoral, not to mention stupid (oops…there’s that word again).”
Mr. Governor, racism is NOT a feature of human conditioning; it’s a failure at being a decent human being that’s deeply rooted in unsubstantiated hate and fear and entrenched in human envy. Indeed your inclusivity of all Americans being consumed with the struggle to get past the color of another American’s skin color is a watered-down, lukewarm attempt to shield a group of Americans that are rightfully at fault for instituting and promoting racism in America.
But let’s look more closely at my assertion. Are the Native Americans who befriended Myles Standish and the rest of the cold and starving Pilgrims to blame for instituting “Racism” in the “New World”? Or how about the African slaves that were first brought to Jamestown, Virginia in chains by Portuguese slave traders a full year before the Mayflower docked off the shores of Massachusetts,… are they to blame for being the originators of hate and discrimination in the “New World”?
Could it be the Latins / Hispanics that toil tirelessly while picking the produce we Americans eat every day, all the while a large portion of Americans view these same workers as unwanted “illegal aliens?” Governor Jindal, aren’t aliens from outer space?
Naw…I doubt it, I don’t think it was those “illegal aliens” that promulgated hate in America.
Better yet, it must have been the Asians right? While they were busy building and laying the tracks for the trains that connected America’s East coast to its West coast, all the while being paid damn near “slave wages” for their blood, sweat and tears, …somewhere in-between all that suffering they must have created the American institution of “Racism” that you so generously share as a homogenous human conditioning that sprung up out of nowhere in the “New World”. Gee thanks. Instead of getting our 40 acres and a mule for our servitude, (as promised) we Black folk get partial blame for the very institution that emasculated our forefathers and disrespected our foremothers for nearly 400 years.
Let’s keep it real Governor Jindal, racism as we know it in America is a European created institution that enabled those in power to subjugate over those who were not in power. And to make the statement that “The voters of Louisiana just want to know what you (as an American) believe, what you stand for, and what you plan to do, not what shade your skin is”, is an insult to the intelligence of all Black and Brown Louisianans. Evidently being a Conservative has whitewashed your understanding of Louisiana history and the problems associated with race in our state. Pun intended.
So…to simply say, “Racism is one of the more tragic features of the human condition. Like greed, envy, and other sins, it has been around for thousands of years, on every continent,” is equivalent to saying, “Zionists are continuously stealing land from the Palestinians because everyone else in ancient and modern history has stolen land from them, so why can’t Israel get a piece of the “action” too?
Your statement and the fabricated statement I made are just too simple of an explanation to very complicated problems that plague a race of people who are being traumatized by racism and arrogance by a “neighbor” who feels superior to the people they are purposely traumatizing.
In closing when you stated, “Yet we still place far too much emphasis on our “separateness,” our heritage, ethnic background, skin color, etc. We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few,” ….are you trying to imply that we should forget about the importance of America being a melting pot of different races, ideas and religions? Wow….if so I’d sure hate to see the Cajun festivals and Essence Fest go the way of the dinosaur.
By the way, aren’t some Voucher Schools in Louisiana being taught that Black slaves were treated well by those imaginary guys we Black folk were made to call “Master”? Golly Governor Jindal, that whitewashing of the Great American Melting Pot sure could use a different coat of paint. Did you ever watch Alex Haley’s “Roots”? I’m just saying / asking sir. Have a great day.
As always the New Orleans Examiner is interested in what you think. Is Louisiana Governor Jindal “whitewashing” the root cause of Racism in America and the importance of America being a melting pot of different races, ideas and religions? Inquiring minds want to know. Sound off.
Until next time Louisianans, Good day, God Bless and Good fishing.