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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wanted - Some Real Offensive Stuff

As an Indian in America, I am disgusted at the utterly weak insults flung our way. A host of NRI organisations and bloggers at Sepia Mutiny night be content feeling offended at some of the pseudo-insults flung our way. But my expectations are not as low as them. I demand something more sunstantive. Until a real insult is flung our way, I am afraid Indians will never feel part of the mainstream.

This recent memo by Obama. It was insulting to Hillary, to that Chatwal dude, to Cisco, and possibly a couple of Indian companies. But come on! I need something real. Hillary joking that Mahatma Gandhi ran a gas station will not do. Nor will Joe Biden saying Indians run a lot of 7/11s and Dunkin Donuts suffice. And that Macaca thing by George Allen? What in crap's name is that even supposed to mean?

While we have to be satisfied with these weak and half-hearted insults, other races are getting their due. Blacks are being called niggers and ho's by Michael Richards and Don Imus. Chinese are being ching-chong-ching-chong-ed by Rosie O'Donnell. And Mexicans are being called wetbacks by Bill O'Reilly.

Indians like me felt left-out. Please, someone throw a real insult our way. Haven't we contributed enough to this country to deserve that?