Today it’s “animals.” Do you remember “baboos”?

How would you feel if the man who refers to Mexican immigrants as “animals” were to become a revered historical figure?  If that thought unnerves you, ask yourself what world leader said the following about South Asians.

“I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.”

A political ally reported that he “launched into a most terrible attack on the ‘baboos,’ saying they were gross, dirty, and corrupt.”

His chief of staff said, “When it came to civilian advisers, however, [he] had picked too many cronies, whose sycophantic counsel on the Indian famine he would rely on heavily. ‘All I want is compliance with my wishes after a reasonable amount of discussion,’ [he] said of [his] Cabinet, and he was only half joking.”  [So, he and his cronies not only stopped aid for famine stricken areas of South Asia, they kept exporting food from there for their own purposes.]

After a major international conference, he “told his private secretary that ‘the Hindus were a foul race ‘protected by their mere pullulation from the doom that is their due.’ (Pullalation means rapid breeding.) He wished that ,,, the head of the … bomber command, could ‘send some of his surplus bombers to destroy them.’”

I raise these questions not to normalize the rotten orange in Washington, but to ask that we think again about the man who hated South Asians.

If you want to confirm your guess on who that person was and get the source of these quotes, click here.

2 Comments

  1. It’s surprising that with all these films about Churchill, none show his awful racism and anti-semitism. I agree with George; your writing is always enlightening! Thank you.

  2. Yes, Churchill was a monster with the blood of the empire on his tiny hands. Unfortunately, the horrors of history are present day horrors too — how did Faulkner put it? Something like “the past isn’t over, it isn’t even the past” (I know I mangled that, the actual quote is so much more powerful). Thanks for your writing, Ken. It’s always enlightening.

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