“During a speech in the Tamil Nadu capital, Chennai, on Friday, U.S. Vice-Consul Maureen Chao told students: “I was on a 24-hour train trip from Delhi to [the eastern Indian state of] Orissa. But, after 72 hours, the train still did not reach the destination… and my skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians.”
Nice. Have fun with that Maureen.
Let me clue a few folks in, for the semantic apologists up in here: If you are white, you don’t get "dark like y’all" just because you got a tan. If you are white, your tangled hair hasn’t gotten "nappy." And, yeah, we see what you THINK you mean. We also get what you mean.
It’s very unfortunate in this case because she is a diplomat and is therefore expected to represent the best of her country. Diplomats do not get to make verbal gaffes, especially not on assignment, and especially, especially not racist gaffes. Unintended offense is still offense, and it happens when the beliefs are thoroughly ingrained into the culture. Also, anyone who intended offense can just lie and say they didn’t if it doesn’t go over as well as they thought it would with others.
Whatever the case may be, I think there should be a zero tolerance policy. I hope your career goes down the drain lady. ‘Dark’.. ok, I could have possibly let that slide, even though to assume and stereotype all Tamilians as dark is beyond stupid and immature. But ‘dirty’? Bad move sister.