GOP Congressman Addresses Dark-Skinned U.S. Officials as if They Are Indian Diplomats (Video)

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July 25 2014 4:30 PM

GOP Congressman Addresses Dark-Skinned U.S. Officials as if They Are Indian Diplomats

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Biswal and Kumar took it in stride.

Courtesy of Foreign Policy

Florida Rep. Curt Clawson repeatedly addressed two United States government officials as if they were representatives of the Indian government during a congressional hearing on Thursday—presumably because they both had dark skin and South Asian names. Foreign Policy has the scoop. Some video (Foreign Policy has a few more uncomfortable moments at their site):

Writes FP: "The two officials, Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar, are Americans who hold senior positions at the State Department and Commerce Department." (They are both Indian-American.)

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Clawson won the election to represent Florida's 19th District ...

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... after the previous officeholder, Trey Radel, was arrested for cocaine possession and resigned.

This post has been updated with video.

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