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The United States has apologised for controversial remarks made by a US diplomat who spoke of “dark and dirty” Indians, calling the comments “inappropriate”.

US Vice-Consul Maureen Chao told Indian students on Friday that her “skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians” after a long train journey, according to Indian media — referring to people from the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

During her speech in the Tamil Nadu capital, Chennai, Chao was quoted as saying: “I was on a 24-hour train trip from Delhi to (the eastern Indian state of) Orissa.

“But, after 72 hours, the train still did not reach the destination… and my skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians.”

7 Responses to “Smart Power!”

  1. aelfheld says:

    Does this sort of diplomacy fall under ‘hope’ or ‘change’?

  2. Jim - PRS says:

    Every day brings a new success story.

  3. JeffS says:


  4. Ave says:

    But when she took a shower her skin became clean and white like the Albinos.

  5. tree hugging sister says:

    Well, it’s only racist if she’d said, “…like the President’s.”

  6. nightfly says:


    Oh, Maureen – before you head off to Tamil – remember you asked about that Rise of the Planet of the Apes thing? Here’s the original movie. That should put it into context for you.

    Two hours later…

    Wow, Charles Heston had some great lines in this thing! I’m, like, totally stealing a few of these.

  7. John says:

    This is one of State’s largest problems. They want generalists. They move people around from post to post, often to posts they don’t want or like. I know a lot of people, myself included, who thought about going into State, only to find that they didn’t give a rat’s ass about my experience in the USSR or the fact that I spoke Russian and had a feel for the culture. I was a noob, and they weree going to send me to Malawi for a couple of years. Thus we get people like Chao, sent to a country she really doesn’t like, to represent us. It’s a fucking idiotic system.

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