Indian American woman sees Racism in White House Spokesperson’s Response

White House Spokesperson Sean Spicer accused of racism after Indian American woman confronts him.


Shree Chauhan said White House secretary’s reply to her questions – ‘Such a great country that allows you to be here’ – was an ‘implied threat’ to her citizenship

Two day ago a video got viral on Twitter. In the video, a 33-year old woman of Indian origin, Shree Chauhan, a US citizen, who works at a non-profit in Washington DC, is heard unleashing a tirade of questions on the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer. The video which had been recorded using Periscope, confronts Spicer, while the two had an accidental encounter during Spicer’s shopping trip to an Apple store in Washington DC, shows the woman putting up these questions to the White House Spokesperson.

“Have you helped with the Russia stuff? Are you a criminal as well? Have you committed treason, just like the president?”

The woman made all the above questions in one go. All this while she kept demanding answers from Spicer (“The Nation wants to know” type questioning).

To this Spicer replied: “Such a great country that allows you to be here.”

The woman posted the video on Twitter, as one which shows a White House spokesperson making a racist comment on her. Why she believes so? Because she believed Spicer’s response was a reference to her skin color.

Irrespective of your reaction to this video, I don’t think there’s any racism here. Whosoever is seeing it as racism, is telling you a lie and wants  you to see it as the same.

If any person, irrespective of the gender, diaspora, ethnicity or citizenship, confronts you with such questions of highly inappropriate nature, then you’re bound to respond in the way Spenser did. The questions were inappropriate as they were asked — in an inappropriate way, at an inappropriate place and occasion.

The woman must look at how she’s questioning the other person. That too, when she had an accidental encounter with the White House Spokesperson. That too, when the occasion was shopping.

The woman, Shree Chauhan, may had taken birth in New York, she may be a US citizen, but the way she questioned Spicer tells why she’s unfit for any civilized Nation. That’s why, I think there’s nothing about her skin color or race or gender in Spicer’s response. The questions were plain inappropriate, which were answered calmly.

We must not make it an issue of free speech either. Having a right of free speech doesn’t mean you can call anyone, anything.