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Sen. George Allen’s Racial Slur: Macaca? Makaka? Macaque? or Mohawk? August 16, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Allen, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, George, Indian, Macaque, Monkey, Racial, Racism, Racist, Slur, South Africa.
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This story is quite amazing in the fact of how much media attention it has garnered. Regular readers of this site know that politicians and public officials make racist and offensive statements regularly. However, this particular one is being featured on all the major news reports. Where as, most stories are ignored completely by the mainstream news. There seem to be two interesting facts surrounding this story: first, after watching many of the news reports of this story, it is very clear that Shekar Ramanuja Sidarth is letting his hair grow back where it was shaved; as in the first reports and interviews with him show his hair at least on the sides as much shorter. We are unsure if this is to make it seem less plausible that George Allen was referring to his ‘mohawk’ hairstyle or for other reasons. The second interesting part of the story is the story that the media is not reporting; that being the anti-Semitic fliers that Jim Webb himself put out earlier (Link). One thing is certain with both candidates in this campaign: it’s politics as usual.

Update: We have received many emails in regard to this article and there is an alternate explanation to what macaca/makaka/macaque was intended to mean. This alternate explanation is explained in the following news clip:

But then on Aug. 11, Sen. George Allen, R-Va., by stringing some syllables together, made up the name, “macaca.” A name that is very similar to the name the Allen family calls his niece, Maka. (Allen is known for his penchant of nicknaming friends, family and staff. His head of fund-raising is referred to as “Java,” due to her incredible energy level. His wife, Susan, he calls “chicory,” because her eyes are the same color as the chicory flower. His Listening Tour driver is called “king of the road,” and the list goes on.)
In what seemed an attempt at humor, and not knowing the name of the cameraman that Webb had sent to film Allen’s every move and utterance, Allen called the man, “macaca.”

This ignited a firestorm of media speculation. The Washington Post and other media outlets found this word in another language, on another continent. According to ABC’s “Nightline” one Tunisian history expert said it was a derogatory term used hundreds of years ago. Regardless, a word that had no meaning on this continent was defined as racist and pinned on Allen.

The cameraman, S.R. Sidarth, claimed to be offended. Allen apologized, and Allen’s detractors had the opening they needed to drive the media into a feeding frenzy by playing the race card.

It had already been reported that Allen wore a Confederate flag lapel pin as a kid in high school, and later displayed the flag in his office and home. That story didn’t have legs, as these were old claims and Allen’s record of promoting a level playing field for all people regardless of race, ethnicity or religion was well documented. But macaca put fresh blood in the water and the media sharks circled, hungry for the killer story.


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A volunteer of Indian descent working for Democrat Jim Webb’s U.S. Senate campaign said Monday he felt insulted when Sen. George Allen called him a name that sounded like “Macaca” during a rally in western Virginia.S.R. Sidarth, 20, spent last week following Allen’s “listening tour” and filming the appearances for the Webb campaign, which distributed a video clip of Friday’s appearance to reporters.



‘Terrorist’ slur costs star TV job August 11, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Amla, Australian, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Cricket, Dean Jones, Discrimination, Fired, Gerald Majola, Kumar Sangakkara, Muslim, Racism, Racist, Slur, South African, Terrorist, the terrorist has got another wicket, TV, wicket.
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Former Australian Test player Dean Jones was sacked as a commentator on Monday after referring to South African Muslim batsman Hashim Amla as a “terrorist”.

Jones, who admitted making the comment and apologized, was on a TV team covering the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo.

According to a statement issued by Cricket South Africa on Monday, viewers heard Jones say, “the terrorist has got another wicket” when Amla took the catch that dismissed Kumar Sangakkara.