This is the conservative view of racism. They think that the antidote is color-blindness.
MLK never suggested that blacks forget their heritage. That was never a part of the dream. But Bobby Jindel thinks the way you get rid of racism is to get rid of race:
Yet we still place far too much emphasis on our “separateness,” our heritage, ethnic background, skin color, etc. We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few.
Here’s an idea: How about just “Americans?” That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our “separateness” is a step backward. Bring back the melting pot.
First of all, nobody is placing an emphasis on our "separateness" except conservatives. I don't give a damn of February is Afro-American History month, and I don't care if Mexican-Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo (in fact, I like the idea). So let's stop with the bullshit that the only way to end racism is to get minorities to shut up about their heritage.
The way to end racism is to be tolerant, which Jindel is not.