“I do not believe in hyphenated Americans,” Jindal, the nation’s first elected governor of Indian heritage, said matter-of-factly during a speech earlier this year.
But The Intercept, an online investigative publication, has traced what it claims is evidence that perhaps that hasn’t always been true for Jindal.
“[N]ot long ago, Jindal embraced his hyphenated identity, using it to boost his quick ascent up the political ladder,” The Intercept article states.
According to The Intercept, Jindal, while starting out as a young politician, celebrated the “Indian-American community” and courted its support, frequently using the “hyphenated” phrase.
Jindal, who is considering a run for president in 2016, has frequently repeated in recent months his stance against the use of “hyphenated American” descriptors, stressing that his family immigrated from India before he was born so that he and his brother could be, “simply, Americans.”
Jindal, in various speeches, has stressed the need for Americans to embrace an American identity — as he describes it, being a true “melting pot” and not a “salad bowl” — and not rely on ethnic or racial modifiers.
That has already raised some eyebrows in publications that cater to Indian-American readers. The Times of India accused Jindal of trying to “disown” his Indian-American status.