Sunday, February 22, 2015

Racial Stockholm Syndrome

I've previously referred to right wing wannabe provocateur/convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza as a "walking, talking embodiment of racial Stockholm Syndrome" due to his almost-gleeful willingness to be horribly, racially offensive while attacking President Obama. (And as a bonus, these attempts at humor usually fall painfully flat.) Given D'Souza's Indian background, as someone who's likely dealt with a fair amount of racial prejudice in his own life, this always struck me as curious. Simply put, you think he'd know better.

Of course, Dinesh isn't alone on that front. In recent weeks we've also seen Louisiana guv Bobby Jindal trying desperately to convince the Republican base to support him for president, using every opportunity to stoke the fires of Islamophobia by touting discredited claims of Muslim "no-go zones" in Europe. Again, you'd think Jindal, also Indian, would know better. Nonetheless, the pattern of non-white conservatives bending over to attack non-white non-conservatives in racially blinkered terms is clear for anyone to see, and The New Republic's Jeet Heer picks apart some of what may be the roots of this phenomenon.

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