Jim Brown: Jindal Tired of Us Hyphenated-Louisianans!

April 23rd, 2015
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is mad. Really mad! He’s had his fill of all these hyphenated-Americans ballyhooing and expressing pride in their ethnic heritage. Jindal joined a group of 18 presidential wannabes in New Hampshire over the weekend trying to impress Republican diehards. And he didn’t hold back on his distain for those who treasure their heritage.

“I don’t know about you, I’m tired of the hyphenated Americans. No more ‘African-Americans.’ No more ‘Indian-Americans.’ No more ‘Asian-Americans,’ ” Jindal told some 600 Republican activists. So the governor, whose own parents immigrated to the U.S. from India, wants to not only drop his own Indian-American label, but expects everyone else to do likewise.

Now that will certainly cause a real shake up back in Jindal’s home state of Louisiana where, according to local lore, he occasionally stops off to visit. Louisiana is an amalgamation of many cultures, with one of the most diverse mix of diversity found anywhere in America.

Doing away with ethnic identity will come as a real blow to many Louisianans. Italian-Americans are great in Louisiana numbers, and take boundless pride in their heritage. Jindal will no doubt have to take a trip to Independence in Tangipahoa Parish, a town founded by immigrants from southern Italy, and break the news to the locals that they no longer can be called Italian-Americans.

He will find little support in New Orleans where the St. Joseph’s Day festival, honoring Italian-Louisianans is a major annual event. Also, I would urge the Governor to avoid the American Italian Cultural Center, the pride of New Orleans that houses the largest Italian museum in the nation. Continue Reading……………….

5 thoughts on “Jim Brown: Jindal Tired of Us Hyphenated-Louisianans!”

  1. America was a melting pot from her inception. We had British, Irish, German, Dutch, Swedish, et.al. come to our great republic to strive to achieve the American dream. The Irish who came weren’t striving to achieve the Irish-American dream, no, it was the American dream! Folks, those who immigrated to our country became Americans. Their children, born in America, were natural born American citizens. I don’t always agree with Gov. Jindal, but he is 100% right. Once we all become one America, we can restore the American dream. Once we drop our hyphens, we can once again be one America!

    1. Trey, I’m with you 100%. When do you read a media story that identified someone in the news as an Irish- American, Italian-American, Cuba-American, Jewish-American, Chinese-American, etc. ?

      I’m also questioning why there is a BET network but if there popped up a WET network or a NAAWP association there would be such a racial upheaval.

      It’s the liberal lovin’ double standard BS.

      As Bush should of said , “Brownie you are not doing a good job, your’re fired”

      1. You remember Jim Letten’s tie up with Sean O’Keefe at Tulane? Oyster did a piece on it for the Lens if I remember. That hyphen defines people to this day. I’ll try to hunt the link tomorrow.

      2. Trey and Locke

        I agree with you both and I personally despise BET and Ebony magazine. They are both truly race driven and the practice does nothing but divide and empower people of color for no other reason other than the color of their skin.

        Ya I can see it now if WET came to cable TV networks. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would cause an up roar.

  2. In Bobby Jindal’s world, Baskin-Robbins would still sell 21 flavors of ice cream, but they would all be called “vanilla”.

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