Part of our core mission? Exposing the Left's blatant hypocrisy. Help us continue the fight and support the 2024 Independence Day Campaign now.

February 17, 2023

The Ignorant and Racially Charged Attacks on Nikki Haley

The left is willing only to accept the legitimacy of minorities who toe the party line.

Only in 21st-century America can you call yourself the “proud daughter of Indian immigrants” and get accused of whitewashing your background.

For the left, the verdict is in and has been for a long time — Nikki Haley is not Indian American enough.

The offenses of the former South Carolina governor are myriad, from using an easily pronounceable name to converting to Christianity, to once checking “white” on a voter registration card, to touting the value of hard work in getting ahead, to defending America against charges of racism.

This has subjected her to ignorant, highly personal, racially charged attacks.

The NAACP activist (and pastor!) Talbert Swan tweeted that she said say her “real” name and asked if she’s too afraid of “white folks” to do it.

This is long-running criticism. When Haley came on an episode of “The View” last year, Sunny Hostin asked derisively, “What is her real name again?” Hostin, whose given name is Asunción, called her a “chameleon” and remarked that it might be different “if she leaned into being someone of color.”

This is dumb and ill-informed. As a USA Today fact-check noted, Haley’s name at birth was Nimrata Nikki Randhawa. Rather than being a westernization, “Nikki” is a common nickname in Punjab, where her parents are from. She used the name Nikki since she was young, and then took the last name of her husband Michael Haley, in what is still the common practice in the U.S.

All that aside, the Hostin critique gets to the bottom of the real indictment of Haley from the race obsessives — she’s not obsessed with race enough. Or, as “South Asian American experts” cited by NBC News put it, she has “an on-and-off relationship with their Indian identity.”

What does “on-and-off” mean except that, while expressing pride in her background, she doesn’t let it wholly define her? In what world is this not a healthy, well-adjusted attitude?

Was her announcement video, which did acknowledge the difficulties of growing up as an Indian American in the South Carolina of that time, supposed to be a screed about all the terrible things that have been done to her by the country her parents chose to come to?

The answer for her woke critics is basically “yes.” Again and again, critiques of Haley mention that she’s perpetuating the “model minority myth,” by which they mean she extols up-from-the-bootstraps hard work instead of painting a picture of immigrant futility in a fundamentally racist country.

The other charges against Haley are as meritless. She reportedly checked “white” on a voter registration card more than 20 years ago. Apparently, the card only offered the options of white, Black/African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American or other. These categories, an unavoidable aspect of American life, are insanely reductive and imprecise. Asian is often taken to mean East Asian, not South Asian, and if Haley didn’t want to “otherize” herself, she might have checked white as one of a number of not-accurate options.

Regardless, what’s the allegation here? That she thought no one would find out about her Indian heritage if she checked a certain box on a card no one knew about?

Haley also converted to Christianity, which she has explained thoughtfully and sensitively. It’s a feature of Christianity, not a bug, that it is open to all, from every nation and every background. And she’s not the first person to convert to Methodism.

At the end of the day, the left is willing only to accept the legitimacy of minorities who toe the party line and are adherents of the worst sort of identity politics and of “The 1619 Project” version of America.

This is why Justice Clarence Thomas is never considered truly Black and why it doesn’t matter how often Haley says she is proud of her heritage. She’ll still be assailed as a false Indian American working to support white supremacy.

© 2023 by King Features Syndicate

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service to our uniformed service members and veterans, are proud to support and promote the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, both the Honoring the Sacrifice and Warrior Freedom Service Dogs aiding wounded veterans, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, the Folds of Honor outreach, and Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, and Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

Please join us in prayer for our nation — that righteous leaders would rise and prevail and we would be united as Americans. Pray also for the protection of our Military Patriots, Veterans, First Responders, and their families. Please lift up your Patriot team and our mission to support and defend our Republic's Founding Principle of Liberty, that the fires of freedom would be ignited in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2024 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.