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Senator Geoge Allen was caught on tape calling Indian American Sidarth, a James Webb supporter filming the speech for Allen’s opponent, a macaca repeatedly. It was suggested that either Allen is an idiot or a racist. I’m pretty sure it’s both. I saw the incident in question and it was definitely racist in origin from a racist pig. How stupid is this guy, because stupidity doesn’t excuse racism. It just makes the matter worse.
He also tells Sidarth “Welcome to America!” and the crowd applauds. How stupid is this shit, I’m sure Sidarth speaks better English than Allen and has been born in the USA or been in the country for years. I’m sure that in Allen’s view, America is nice and white and tidy. Oh and I’m sure that Allen doesn’t know the definition of a portmanteau. I also sure that Allen was trying to say macaque, a rhesus monkey, instead of macaca. This is even worse, because he is calling an Indian American a monkey. It’s like using the N word to describe an African American. This naturally touches a nerve since both my parents are Indian.
From Wikipedia’s entry on the racial slur macaca:
The epithet gained wider attention as the result of an August 14, 2006 incident in the Virginia senate campaign in which Virginia Senator George Allen, during a campaign event, specifically singled out Indian-American James H. Webb campaign volunteer S.R. Sidarth and used the word twice to refer to him. S.R. Sidarth was videotaping the event for the Webb campaign at the time. The remarks ignited a controversy. Allen has stated that he did not intend the remark as a slur, while his campaign variously insisted the word was either a a play on mohawk or a portmanteau word combining the words mohawk and caca to indicate shithead. However, Sidarth maintains that his hairstyle was not a mohawk, but a mullet hairstyle. Moreover, by Allen’s own admission, his mother is a caucasian French colonial born in Tunisia who emigrated to the United States following World War II.
Here is the direct link for all you Mac users: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G7gq7GQ71c
ZeFrank covering the controversy. Democratic underground, Washington Post, Crooks and Liars and The Huffington Post coverage.
The incident covered on Daily Kos. BTW, Daily Kos gets 20 million unique visitors every month and is ranked #2 on Technorati.
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- Thai tattoo crazy or how racism is the cancer of our society
- Viva la revolucion or how racism is polarized by multiculturism
- Brutal racist attacks in Canada
- Racism Watch Canada
- Racism World Watch: Senator George Allen Is A Racist Biggot
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