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Urgent Message to Nikki Haley: You Are Not "White." You Are "Colored."

Updated: Jan 2

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on December 29, 2023

IMAGE: Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley.

Dear Nikki Haley,


In case you did not know it, you are not "white.You are "colored."

You are an American citizen, whose parents -- Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur Randhawa -- were Sikh immigrants from Amritsar, Punjab, India.  Your birth name is Nimarata Nikki Randhawa. 


Nikki is your middle name.  Haley is your married name.  The name “Nikki Haley” sounds "white" but it does not make you "white."

In the minds of most Americans, your bloodline determines your race. If you have a drop of "colored" blood in your veins, most Americans view you as "colored." Until the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Loving v. Virginia, the "one-drop rule" was backed by the force of law in America.


Your parents immigrated from India to Canada in 1964 after your father received a scholarship offer from the University of British Columbia.  After he received his PhD degree in 1969, your father moved his family to South Carolina to become a professor of biology at Voorhees College, a historically black institution in Denmark, South Carolina. Your father retired from teaching in 1998.

IMAGE: Nikki Haley (top row left in blue shirt) with her Sikh Indian family. Despite listing herself as "white" on her voter registration records, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1923 that Sikh Indian immigrants are not "white."

Despite a long history of claiming to be "Aryan" or "white," the U.S. States Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the case of United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind, 261 U.S. 204 (1923) that Sikh Indians like you are not "white."  Read the court case for yourself. 

You are “colored,” just like me.  Within the "colored" world, I am a mixture of African descendants, Native-American ancestors, and Caucasian immigrants from Scotland and Ireland.

You damn sure do not have the “Aryan racial purity” that fellow Sikh Bhagat Singh Thind argued in his case, and the Supreme Court soundly rejected.


By the way, a black college gave your Sikh father the ability to feed, clothe, and shelter his family, including you, your two brothers, and your sister.  For this, you should be eternally and publicly grateful.

In 1969, rampant racial discrimination against “colored” people in South Carolina (and elsewhere in the South) prevented your highly-educated father from working at a historically white college or university.


So, the next time somebody on the campaign trail asks you about the Civil War, please tell them the truth. Tell them you are the child of “colored” immigrants who invaded America by coming across its northern board with Canada.  Tell them a black college was the only place where your "colored" father could teach in 1969. 

Tell them that the Civil War was about the enslavement of blacks of African descent.  They were chattel property, just like horses, cows, dogs, and other animals that could be bought and sold at-will, or killed without any criminal consequences. The war was fought because most Americans wanted to end slavery.

Tell them the true history of Sikhs from India and how your family was mistreated when they first came to the United States.


Never deny your Sikh heritage and family’s story for anybody, or for any reason.


Barack Obama proved that Americans will elect a president of color, twice.  You don’t have to pretend to be "white" to win the presidency.  If you do, your presidential campaign will "crash and burn" just like former Louisiana governor Piyush "Bobby" Jindal’s 2016 presidential campaign. 


As you know, Bobby Jindal’s parents were immigrants from the same place in India that your parents came from.  Like you, Jindal pretended he was "white" when, in fact, he is “colored.”


You and your progeny will always be viewed ascolored," especially if you continue pandering to and perpetuating the willful ignorance of American history for selfish and narrow-minded political gain.


In the end, winning is not about election outcomes. It is all about being true to yourself.




Donald V. Watkins


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Dec 31, 2023
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The effects from practices of colorism in East Indian culture is not uncommon. Fairer complexion Indians are endowed with advantages that enriches them socially and economically where they get to obtain key jobs that pays lucrative salaries and live in lavish homes. Moreover, Indians of darker complexion are not so fortunate and disproportionately disadvantaged. Unemployment among this group is as high eight percent, and forced to live an impoverished lifestyle, much like the ghettos in urban America mainly occupied by American Africans. Their children must attend decrepit and under performing schools, and seldom any of them persevere well enough to matriculate at colleges or universities.

Nikki Haley's family were keenly aware of the consequences before departing their homeland (India) for…


Kamar Jones
Kamar Jones
Dec 29, 2023
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Great information and very insightful. Most people wouldn't even know she's has FULL Sikh Indian heritage. I knew based on some of my ties to South Carolina. What I didn't know is he was a professor at Voorhees. She also claims we aren't a racist nation, yet she clearly hides her first name. I'm sure growing up in the 70s and 80s she faced racism in South Carolina. I'm disappointed in her as she botched a softball question. She most recently said she would pardon Trump if elected. Sigh. Nothing should disappoint me anymore.

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