When I read about Bobby Jindal’s desire to pass a birther bill for those running for office in Louisiana, I could’t help but be reminded of the Dave Chappelle skit when he plays the blind leader of the KKK. In the skit Chappelle, a black man who is also blind, becomes an avid and enthusiastic member of the KKK. At one point in a faux 20/20 type special doing a report of this strange occurrence the reporter asks another member of the KKK why they haven’t told him he is black and he replies, “he is too important to the movement.”
Well, that was an exaggerated parody, but this is happening in real life. I’m not a fan of Jindal, I will even go as far as to say (rather un-progressively) that he gives me #desishame. But supporting a bill that could put in jeopardy his own chances to be elected makes him look like a joke. And while Republican elites are trying to distance themselves from the extremely unfounded debates about our presidents place of birth, it seems our rising star Jindal along with a handful of other state leaders have taken the bait.
“It’s not part of our package, but if the Legislature passes it we’ll sign it,” press secretary Kyle Plotkin told the Times-Picayune on Tuesday.
The package that Plotkin is talking about is House Bill 561, which was introduced last week by two Republican lawmakers, Sens. Alan Seabaugh and A.G. Crowe. The bill would require federal candidates — including candidates for the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives — who want to appear on Louisiana ballots to file an affidavit proving their citizenship, reports the Times-Picayune. That affidavit would also need to be accompanied by an “original or certified copy” of the candidate’s birth certificate.
We already know the Orwelian-esque nightmare birther bills propose, but how Jindal can feel so confident about his own citizenship not being questioned when he is the son of immigrants in the face of Obama being questioned, is confusing. For birthers, it is not just about providing actual documentation–they base their criteria on the belief that politicians should be reflective of the majority populace (white) and their questioning of citizenship has been very specific to skin color (mainly Obama’s) and the fact that his father isn’t from the United States.
Despite Jindal’s mother being a permanent resident at the time of his birth he could still come under scrutiny. Is it even possible for the public to acknowledge Jindal as an exception to the birther rule while still upholding their die hard belief in what the race and ethnicity of American politicians should be? I would argue no and frankly, he is creating quite the birther conundrum for himself.