Oliver Willis

Maureen Chao Should Be Fired

This is unacceptable.

The United States has apologised for controversial remarks made by a US diplomat who spoke of “dark and dirty” Indians, calling the comments “inappropriate”.

US Vice-Consul Maureen Chao told Indian students on Friday that her “skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians” after a long train journey, according to Indian media — referring to people from the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

During her speech in the Tamil Nadu capital, Chennai, Chao was quoted as saying: “I was on a 24-hour train trip from Delhi to (the eastern Indian state of) Orissa.

“But, after 72 hours, the train still did not reach the destination… and my skin became dirty and dark like the Tamilians.”

Following her speech, the US Consulate in Chennai on Saturday issued a “statement of apology”.