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NYT Sees Jindal Through Race-Colored Glasses

From those celebrants of the gorgeous mosaic at the New York Times:

Indian-American Elected Louisiana’s Governor

By ADAM NOSSITER

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 20 — Bobby Jindal, a conservative Republican congressman from the New Orleans suburbs and the son of immigrants from India, was elected Louisiana’s governor Saturday, inheriting a state that was suffering well before Hurricane Katrina left lingering scars two years ago.

Mr. Jindal, 36, defeated three main challengers in an open primary, becoming this state’s first nonwhite governor since a Reconstruction-era figure briefly held the office 130 years ago.

With more than 90 percent of the vote counted, Mr. Jindal received 53 percent, above the 50 percent-plus-one threshold needed to avoid a runoff in November. He will be the nation’s first Indian-American governor when he takes office in January…

The ascendancy of the Brown – and Oxford-educated Mr. Jindal, an unabashed policy wonk who has produced a stream of multipoint plans, is likely to be regarded as a racial breakthrough of sorts in this once-segregated state. Still, it is one with qualifiers attached.

For one thing, he is by now a familiar figure in Louisiana, having made a strong run for the governorship in 2003, though losing to Ms. Blanco…

For another, he did not have the support of a majority of the state’s blacks, about a third of the population, who vote Democratic.

Yet Mr. Jindal, with his decisive victory on Saturday, appears to have overcome a significant racial hurdle that blocked him in 2003, according to analysts: race-based opposition in the deeply conservative northern and eastern parishes of Louisiana that once supported the Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke

Clearly this is the only newsworthy aspect to the story is Mr. Jindal’s race:

The ascendancy of [Jindal]… is likely to be regarded as a racial breakthrough of sorts in this once-segregated state. Still, it is one with qualifiers attached…

[H]e did not have the support of a majority of the state’s blacks…

But what is the logic here? Can there be no “racial breakthroughs” unless blacks vote for them?

Isn’t it more significant that whites voted for him — and in overwhelming numbers, despite the color of his skin? Isn’t that a clear sign of an absence of so-called racial prejudice?

Or is it?

Maybe someone should tell the race-obsessed Solons at The Times that anthropologists classify Indians as members of the Caucasian race. (Indeed, they are the original “Aryans.”)

Then watch their heads explode.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 21st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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