The defining moment of the blatantly racist attacks against Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will always be the MSNBC segment where guest Arsalan Iftikhar claimed Jindal’s criticism of radical Islam was him “trying to scrub some of the brown off of his skin.” Those comments were so badMSNBC was forced to apologize and promise never to have Iftikhar on again.
Before that of course, there was he asked. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s because he’s a Rhodes Scholar who turned down Ivy League offers to attend Oxford.Matt Yglesias questioning whether people thought Jindal was smart because of his race. “Is Bobby Jindal’s reputation for intelligence anything other than ethnic stereotyping?”
That should have been the end of it. But ahead of Jindal’s presidential announcement, The Washington Post made it clear they thought Jindal was trying to “scrub some of the brown off” too.