Dear Bobby Jindal: You’ll Never Be White

Dear Bobby bhaiya,

Can I call you that, actually? Or are you going to pretend, like the guys I talk to on the tech support line, that you don’t understand what that word means?

I’m just trying to show you a little izzat. As much as I disagree with you, you are one of the few of the many, many potential Republican candidates for president who isn’t white. You had this to say about heritage and culture.

My dad and mom told my brother and me that we came to America to be Americans — not Indian-Americans. If we wanted to be Indians, we would have stayed in India. It’s not that they are embarrassed to be from India. They love India. But they came to America because they were looking for greater opportunity and freedom. I do not believe in hyphenated Americans.

Aré, bhaiya. I know how you feel, I really do. Once upon a time, I would’ve agreed with you. I thought that acting as if I were just another American (i.e. a white person) would aid in the fight in eradicating racism. I thought that the way to deal with racism was to treat it like a pimple: Ignore and it will go away.

Then, I stopped being 19 years old, and learned that you can’t just wish away the hyphen. Continue reading “Dear Bobby Jindal: You’ll Never Be White”

Dear Bobby Jindal: You’ll Never Be White

Virginia Republican Makes Excellent Pro-Choice Argument

The other week, Senator Steve Martin (R – Virginia) received a generic pro-choice Valentine’s Day greeting from the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition. While being offended and taking action due to that offense is widely reviled among conservatives as a dirty liberal trait, the Senator decided to take to Facebook and express his disgust.

Since the English option doesn't work, I used French, the most liberal of languages.
Since the English option doesn’t work, I used French, the most liberal of languages.

I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it to remain alive.

Martin later changed the wording to read “the bearer of the child,” but the damage was done, of course. He also failed to correct his post to reflect his voting record, which strongly suggests that he is indeed invested in preventing access to contraception.

I, for one, am happy that Martin used that term. As he expressed in his Facebook post that he is “not actually sure what that [the word ‘unintentional’] means”, I will assume that he has issues looking up terms. Taking into account that he also has trouble with with facts (he thought Planned Parenthood and the KKK were both created by the Democratic Party), I will happily cite some definitions for the word “host” for him.

As Martin is a Baptist rather than a Catholic, I believe it is safe for me to set aside the ecclesiastical definition of “host” (as well as the computer-related and secondary biological ones) and stick to these four.

  1. A person who receives or entertains a guest, particularly into the host’s home.
    This definition would imply that abortion rights are well within Republican policies on home defense and stand your ground. One might argue that aborting a fetus causes less pain and harm overall than allowing the fetus to develop into a person then shooting them to death.
  2. A person or organization responsible for running an event.
    Generally speaking, running an event, especially a private one, gives a person or organization full rights over who is in attendance. Republicans are known for supporting the rights of private organizations to be as exclusive as they wish.
  3. A moderator or master of ceremonies for a performance.
    As a veteran of many a well- and poorly-moderated panel and events emceed by individuals of similarly-varying quality, I can tell you that a good mod or MC cannot be afraid to kick out the more unwanted types.

    Choose life!
    Choose life!

  4. A cell or organism which harbors another organism or biological entity, usually a parasite.
    I have never heard a Republican — or anyone, for that matter — argue that any living organism ought to be made to harbor any other living organism, even if ejection of the latter from the host would cause its death.

Today, according to the New York Daily News, the pro-choice coalition plans to protest at the gallery of the Virginia State by sporting shirts reading “NOT A HOST.” If any pregnant people show up to join the group, I’d hope they would wear shirts reading “HOST BY CHOICE.”

Virginia Republican Makes Excellent Pro-Choice Argument