Academic and blogger Amardeep Singh offers his perspective on the issue of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s identification of herself as “White” on a voter registration card despite her South Asian and Sikh origins:
Isn’t it fair that some South Asian Americans with little connection to South Asian culture or language would see themselves (and be seen as) “white” by others in their communities? Isn’t it possible to be of South Asian origin and “white” at the same time?
Amardeep Singh certainly makes valid points about whether it is unreasonable that an American-born/raised South Asian identifies him- or herself as “White”.
However, Haley has also expressed pride in her upbringing and background in select settings, so her self-identification is interesting to observe for those of us from a similar background. But, at the end of the day, how she defines herself is not really a major issue of consequence besides raising the question of her truthfulness as a politician for use as fodder, as Amardeep Singh suggests, by other politicians.