Tidbit: Shoot Me Now and Shoot Me Later?

...in separate conversations last week, no fewer than four McCain staffers and advisers mentioned as a possible vice-presidential pick the 36-year-old Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal. They’re tempted by the idea of picking someone so young, with real accomplishments and a strong reformist streak.

It might also be a way to confront the issue of McCain’s age (71), which private polls and focus groups suggest could be a real problem. A Jindal pick would implicitly acknowledge the questions and raise the ante. The message would be: “You want generational change? You can get it with McCain-Jindal — without risking a liberal and inexperienced Obama as commander in chief.” I would add that it was after McCain spent considerable time with Jindal in New Orleans recently, and reportedly found him, as he has before, personally engaging and intellectually impressive, that the campaign’s informal name-dropping of Jindal began.

[source: William Kristol in NYT]

Congratulations to "us"! Remember to thank your lucky stars for all those important lessons you learned--both in "school" and from your parents--that helped you avoid becoming, loving, begetting, or even truly thinking in real terms about Apu/job-stealing call center worker/te$rorist/we#fare qu@en/hi@#billy/wh#te tr@sh/b*tch/f*ggot/n@#@r. You, and only you, can truly appreciate the greatness of our country, where people can come with nothing (except maybe employable skills or capital reserves) and their privileged children might become president before a Black man or a Woman or a member of the Working Class ever does!

All hail the New Whiteness, its serpent tongue flickering in your ears. The warmth of its embrace will flatter your bruised or broken ego and help you forget your dreams and your nightmares, as it suffocates the last living breath out of your most interesting selves. America will teach you to bask in your own narcissism, and leave you thinking its sunshine.

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This is perhaps the worst

This is perhaps the worst news I've heard in recent campaigning days. Bobby (or should I say Piyush) Jindal is about the last person I would want in national office. Among other things, he adamantly opposes abortions (even in cases or duress), stem cell research, and really anything progressive and supports intelligent design, expanded oil drilling and generally anything that screams horrible conservative.

So yeah, I'm not happy. Though I think we can rely on this country's knee-jerk recoiling against anyone brown in public office to rescue us this time.

Incredible how far a little

Incredible how far a little talent and lots'a connection can take you. Here's an exercise for those among you PTR readers in the US, feeling queasy. Just for yourselves, search within what exactly troubles you.

It can't be simply because;

...he adamantly opposes abortions (even in cases or duress), stem cell research, and really anything progressive and supports intelligent design, expanded oil drilling and generally anything that screams horrible conservative

That's the entrance minimum for the group Jindal belongs to.

That’s the entrance minimum

That’s the entrance minimum for the group Jindal belongs to.

Jindal apparently exceeds the minimum, I found out--he opposes even in cases of rape, incest, and the health of the mother, though he makes an exception for abortions that are labeled as contraceptive.

More troubling though is exactly what you point out - the access, the privilege, the selective deployment of identity (both by him and by bothers). It's not only a problem, but I find it personally humiliating as a South Asian American.

I ask myself, "this is what I'm being asked to be a part of?" Truly (constructed) demography can't be destiny (we have said to ourselves for generations now).

Ah well, let's not freak out

Ah well, let's not freak out too much and trust in the celebrated racism of the Republican Party to keep Bobby Jindal off the ticket. Chances are we're going to be worried about an ultra-conservative white, instead.

Also, going by the numbers, we can expect a Jindal sex scandal in the next couple of years.

Ah well, let’s not freak out

Ah well, let’s not freak out too much and trust in the celebrated racism of the Republican Party to keep Bobby Jindal off the ticket. Chances are we’re going to be worried about an ultra-conservative white, instead.

The whole argument is that capital is more interested in pursuing its ends and will give some scraps to minority groups (in the form of accepting the multiculti elite). And we lap it up because we're starving for attention.

Doc Anon, We have here a case

Doc Anon,

We have here a case of a minority group member opting out. Surely this isn't the only way in which minority group members (or entire groups) majoritise themselves isn't it?

"in pursuing its ends and

"in pursuing its ends and will give some scraps to minority groups"

Case in point - Clarence Thomas

Race is not at issue here.

Race is not at issue here. Why is Jindal a VP prospect and not, Kumar Barve or Subodh Chandra?

We have here a case of a

We have here a case of a minority group member opting out. Surely this isn’t the only way in which minority group members (or entire groups) majoritise themselves isn’t it?

That's only if you look at it in terms of party affiliation rather than social reality. There's a trend in which the American elite (and therefore racial identities) are undergoing a race change from "White" to whatever they will be now (i use "multiculti" but pick a term any term...it might still even go back to White in a couple generations).

I don't know how different this is from when previous racially othered or invisible groups that weren't Black were allowed in (Irish people, jewish pople, Italian people, etc.) but the surface level difference in skin color does seem to have called for rejigging the ideology of domination away from 'White'.

Again, I'm speaking from a particular vantage point and about this particular group - not about all South Asians in the United States today - so please don't start bitching at me about how not all South Asians are wealthy, educated, upwardly mobile, etc. That's exactly my point.

But this is perhaps, and unfortunately, the loudest and most outspoken group of South Asians in the United States today, and I'm starting to wonder whether the identity is worth the cost.

Doc Anon, I take it that you

Doc Anon,

I take it that you don't want to go there - comparing Subodh, Piyush, and Kumar.

But as regards elite domination across colour lines, we have an earlier model, the Roman, when colour did not matter either when one was a slave (strapping linebacker like gladiators from Gaul and the Norselands) or a free man Nubian and Numidian scribes who had been manumittd or bought their freedom. The norm one hewed to was the Roman way, itself an eclectic mix of the culture of Egypt, Greece, and many others. The basis of the latest elite construction is an interesting one, but I am certain no one at PTR, will grasp its form. It is enough to say that theses such as the "Karma of Brown Folk" don't get it, because they are themselves based on the current elite foundation.

The whole argument is that

The whole argument is that capital is more interested in pursuing its ends and will give some scraps to minority groups (in the form of accepting the multiculti elite). And we lap it up because we’re starving for attention.

Sure, let's go look at the veritable rainbow of ethnicity -- including many browns, including Jindal himself -- at places like Goldman Sachs. And my heart truly bleeds for these minorities in majority cultures... :)

I think the real problem is that far too few people *investigate* the relationship between race and class these days. I am not willing to hear that Jindal is representative of anything but the upper-upper middle class, now in positions of larger political power. Street-based racism aside, folks like Jindal do not suffer, though certainly other South Asians in the US (recent Bengladeshi immigrants in small family businesses, say) do.

I take it that you don’t want

I take it that you don’t want to go there - comparing Subodh, Piyush, and Kumar.

I've met Subodh only once, and briefly, and I don't know enough about the three of them. The reason I didn't bring it up is that anyone minority group that can get to a level of electoral success is already partly assimilated - whether the talented 10th is pursing nakedly exploitative power (Jindal) or more "reasonable" kinds (insert name here), it doesn't matter to me that much.

I think the real problem is that far too few people *investigate* the relationship between race and class these days. I am not willing to hear that Jindal is representative of anything but the upper-upper middle class, now in positions of larger political power. Street-based racism aside, folks like Jindal do not suffer, though certainly other South Asians in the US (recent Bengladeshi immigrants in small family businesses, say) do.

People investigate this all the time. I think it's a red herring to say that people like Jindal aren't (or weren't) subjected to a framework of White supremacy or that only working class people are. Even White people play a role in the social system and ideology of White supremacy, and not all of them benefit from it economicaclly or socially. And yes, of course this operates parallel to, in conjuntion with, and at times at odds with patriarchy, notions of religious superiority, class structure, etc.

My beef is that the power framework taken as a whole has readjusted itself to welcome us (and I do include us) into the fold, and yet we stay silent or we say it's only those BAD conservative Dinesh D'Souzas that are the problem. There needs to be a real, outspoken, and direct rejection of that framework of power in a meaningful way, and as a poor Marxist and someone who's spent a lot of time in South Asian spaces on the Internet, I wonder if those who speak the language of "South Asia" will do that collectively anytime soon. I'm sad that it's becoming even LESS likely than it was before and a couple of Harold and Kumar movies seem like enough.

he basis of the latest elite

he basis of the latest elite construction is an interesting one, but I am certain no one at PTR, will grasp its form. It is enough to say that theses such as the “Karma of Brown Folk” don’t get it, because they are themselves based on the current elite foundation.

Well that's certaily presumptuous of you :) See above, and my apologies for forgetting to include citizenship / nation-state framework in my list - it wasn't meant to be exhaustive.

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