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MSNBC Bans Guest for Racial Remark on Bobby Jindal's Skin Color

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 03:13 PM

Human rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar has been banned from MSNBC for his "offensive" racially-charged remark that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was "trying to scrub some of the brown off his skin."

Iftikhar created a furor when he made the comment Monday on the network's show "Now with Alex Wagner" while claiming that the Republican governor was perpetuating the myth of Muslim "no-go" zones.

"We found this guest's comments offensive and unacceptable and we don't plan on inviting him back," an MSNBC spokesperson said, according to CNN.

Iftikhar, a commentator on Islamic political and cultural issues, had been invited to appear on MSNBC to talk about Jindal's statement claiming that there were "no-go zones" in European cities, a claim that has been discredited by some news outlets.

The supposed "no-go zones" are meant to refer to areas in countries like France and Great Britain, where Islamic law supersedes local law and which are so dominated by the Muslim population that police and non-Muslims are afraid to enter them.

Over the weekend, Fox retracted its recent reports about the zones and apologized for portraying Muslims in a negative light.

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But after Jindal had talked about "no-go zones" during a speech in London two days later, Iftikhar made his controversial comment that Jindal was "trying to scrub some of the brown off his skin."

Iftikhar has since refused to back down on his statement, telling CNN: "I will apologize to Bobby Jindal when he apologizes to seven million American Muslims for advancing the debunked 'Muslim no-go zones' myth."

Although Jindal did not directly comment about his own statement about the "no-go zones," he went on the attack against Iftikhar, editor of The Islamic Monthly.

"It's embarrassing for MSNBC to give voice to such shallow foolishness," Jindal told CNN. "Much like Michael Moore denigrating our military servicemen, these comments deserve no comment. I will not be silenced. Radical Islam must be stopped and we must stop pretending.

"It is time for the Western world to face reality. These are not cultural differences, this is the difference between right and wrong. It is wrong to treat women as second class citizens and it is wrong to shoot civilian teenagers in the head for watching soccer on TV. Period."

Political pundits believe that Jindal's aim at highlighting supposed European "no-go zones" was purely a political ploy targeting radical Islamists as he positions himself for a potential run for the White House in 2016, CNN reported.

But British Prime Minister David Cameron scoffed at the concept of the so-called "no-go zones," saying, "when I heard this, frankly, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fool's Day."

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Human rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar has been banned from MSNBC for his "offensive" racially-charged remark that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was "trying to scrub some of the brown off his skin."
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 03:13 PM
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