Saturday, July 08, 2006

Slow Joe And The Subcontinent

Senator Joseph Biden recently defamed immigrants from the Indian Subcontinent.

You cannot go to a 7/11 (a chain store) or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking."
This was even noted in India's media.

While I am not surprised that a member of the Senate, from the "progressive" party no less, has made comments stereotyping immigrants to America, that these comments were directed towards immigrants one of our most important partners in the world, India, is a shock.

India is the world's largest democracy numbering approximately one billion souls and is a stalwart partner in the ongoing struggle against terrorism.

Indeed India fought terrorism in the Kashmir region while the rest of the world was focused on the long cold war. India has even stood up to the PRC and had a real shooting war while we intently squared off against the Soviet Union, ignoring the growing threat of China.

Now my obvious support for democractic governments aside I am surprised that Americans of Indian extraction drew negative attention.

The United States of America receives highly talented and hardworking immigrants from India that flourish in the professional fields. Notably this seen in the high tech fields and in medicine.

I do not denigrate the industrious souls who run convenience markets and small businesses of any type by mentioning the highly skilled nature of immigrants from the subcontinent. Anyone who can work the long hours and manage the tight margins of a small business and prosper is another facet of immigration that I support whole heartedly.

To our friends in India and my felow Americans whose ancestry is from the subcontinent, please accept an apology on my behalf for yet another of the disgraceful acts of our obviously less than wise congressmen.

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