“When she registers to vote she says she is white. She has developed a pattern of saying whatever is beneficial to her at the moment,” he said. “She can’t even tell the truth about her racial heritage.”
— South Carolina’s Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian brings up Governor Nikki Haley’s inconsistencies in reporting her identity.
Haley is often trumpeted in being the first female Indian American governor in the United States, and that from a Sikh family. She has openly used her roots and upbringing as a testament of her character, and the Republican Party has used her as an example of the growing ethnic diversity of their ranks.Notwithstanding the above, Haley had long converted to Methodist Christianity and is raising her children in the Methodist tradition, commonly downplaying any attachment to the Sikh faith. Evidently, by the stroke of some kind of magical pen, she also has changed her race as well.
However the Governor of South Carolina chooses to categorize herself is certainly her option, but it is interesting to observe her shifting self-identification. She certainly doesn’t deserve the credit she gets based on her ethnicity, as even she herself doesn’t seem to respect where she is from.