Why 'Macaca' Was Worse

Saturday, February 17, 2007

As an Indian American, I find it preposterous to compare Sen. Joseph Biden's Indian stumble to then-Sen. George Allen's "macaca moment" [Free for All, Feb. 10].

One was hyperbole about the prevalence of Indian Americans working at 7-Elevens and Dunkin' Donuts. Biden made his remark in the context of boasting about his strong relationship with Indian Americans in his state, Delaware. The other was a malicious racial slur that Allen uttered to belittle a young man because he represented the political opposition.

These are incomparable events that justify disparate levels of coverage.

-- Umang Varma


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