In case you missed it, on Thursday, freshman congressman, Rep. Curt Clawson mistook two U.S. government officials as representatives for the Indian government. Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar work for the State Dept. and Commerce Dept. respectively.
After lauding them with praise about “their” country, etc., Ms. Biswal gently corrected him with incredible restraint. Mr. Kumar was a little bit more liberal in his incredulity.
This exchange is probably one of the greatest examples of white privilege and microaggressions. Another exasperating example of how non-whites are inherently less than and are unable to claim American ownership. Outright racism (i.e. lynchings and slurs) aren’t acceptable in polite society, but the motivations behind such actions still linger in our daily activities.
Rep. Clawson highlights so many things about race and government. Here’s a quick list I put together.
1. Racism and prejudice still exist.
Despite the misplaced paean proffered by our dear Rep. Clawson…
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