If Vivek Ramaswamy Had Changed His Name and Bleached His Skin(Like Haley) He Might Have Succeeded..

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readJan 17, 2024

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Despite arguments to the contrary, the Republican party has a major issue with race.

Tim Scott knows it. Nikki Haley knows it and Kevin McCarthy certainly knows it.

Late last year the former Republican speaker admitted it as much in a speech to the Oxford student union.

And yet, Vivek Ramaswamy thought that he could miraculously overcome the nativist, anti-immigrant tendencies among rank and file Republicans, by pandering to their prejudices?

Well, he found out the hard way given that he lost every single county in the Iowa caucuses yesterday.

Before coming out to endorse Trump only a few hours ago, our opined about how difficult it was to have his name and skin colour and still succeed in today’s GOP.

And to that, there’s the perfect solution: do what Nimarata Randhawa has done.

And what exactly has she done?

Carefully removed any traces of her background to appeal to an audience which is schitzophrenically obsessed with race.

In bleaching her skin, changing her first name and taking her spouse’s surname, she sent a very clear signal as to which constituency really mattered.

Bleaching her skin, surely this author is venturing into controversial territory now, isn’t he?

Go and have a look at her childhood pictures and you will see that considerable work has been done in lightening her features. Something which makes her claim about racism in America, quite extraordinary.

As critical as I have been of Barack Obama, at least he was smart enough to acknowledge America’s original sin while appealing to people — Black and white — not to be beholden to the nation’s tragic past.

But what we have never seen with Haley and Ramaswamy is the attempt to try to make a nuanced argument on the subject of race. The former said something so fatuous a few days ago and the latter had to be called out by Don Lemon, when he told a blatant lie on what happened in the 19th century.

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Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible