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Indian-Americans’ spelling bee win draws racial remarks

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    NEW YORK: The historic win by two Indian-American students at the prestigious national spelling bee contest today drew some flak on the social media with many making racial innuendos about children of Indian-origin having an unbeaten track record at the annual contest.

    Sriram Hathwar, 14 and Ansun Sujoe, 13, created history by winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the first time in 52 years that two participants have won the contest.

    The two clinched the title after a thrilling final in which they almost exhausted the 25 designated words.

    This was the seventh consecutive year that Indian- American students have retained the spelling bee title, a trend that was started by Sameer Mishra who won the contest in 2008.

    The win by the two youngsters has however led to some US audience making racial comments about how only Indians have been winning the spelling bee for some years now.

    "Wait a minute!!! Where is the diversity? Why are there not women or non-Asian minorities winning? Sounds racist to me," a person commented on the Washington Post website.

    Another reader said, "How is it that foreigners who are new to America are able to win the spelling bee like this?" while another reader posted, "First they took our beauty queen title then they take our bee. Whats next they take away our jobs..."

    A comment on Twitter by one Matt Marzullo said, "We need an american to win this spelling bee #tiredofindiansmatt".

    Another said, "The kids in the spelling bee should only be AMERICAN".

    Another tweet said "Shocking that neither of the Spelling bee champs have names that sound American #Sriram #Ansun."

    However, other readers said parents and families of Indian-American students encourage hard work and learning which leads to such students performing well in these competitions.

    "I find the comments here very interesting regarding how 'foreigners' can win these contests. It is so simple it amazes me that everyone doesn't recognise the answer. The families of the winners value and encourage learning and hard work. They don't spend their time blaming others for their problems," a reader said.

    "This is exactly why US students are, in many cases, falling behind. The parents do not value and encourage education and all the money and best teachers in the world are not going to educate someone who does not want to learn," the reader said.

    The other tweets posted on the microblogging site were "Will an American ever win the #spellingbee", "Where are our American kids?"

    "wow that blows the spelling bee ends with a tie thats so friggin un-American no wonder the kids that won it are Indian", another tweeted.

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    WTF is with reporting tweets ???? Armchair journalism. :devil::devil:
     
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    because its likely that South Asians who speak English well - speak it better than Americans themselves do...

    in this case who cares what the people say b/c the winners won and winning is not losing so....
     
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    Yes, South Asia does have a good standard of English, far better than East Asia.

    Even in HK you will rarely be able to find a person who is comfortable carrying out an entire conversation in English. The only reason my English is at a reasonable level, is because I went to an International school.
     
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    Wrong forum...
     
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    South Asian's :rofl:
    B*tch Please!They are all Indian-Americans.
     
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    Put it here
    After constantly losing “National Spelling Bee” to Indian origin kids, US looking for a new national language | Faking News
    New York. Dominance of Indian-American kids in Scripps National Spelling Bee has generated a lack of confidence among US citizens regarding their proficiency over their own national language, as a result of which US government is seriously considering options to change national language from English to something else.

    “The way Indians are recklessly winning the National Spelling Bee, it appears, the competition is being conducted in Hindi or some other Indian language. US kids are almost clueless on their home turf,” said US President Barack Obama in his reaction after declaration of Spelling Bee 2014 winners.

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    “Bro, English is much easier than Tamil.”

    To mellow down the humiliation which Americans are facing, Government is looking for alternatives, like a completely new language.

    “As of now, ‘Valyrian’ is the front runner to replace English, and many Americans know it quite well because of Game of Thrones,” Obama added further.

    Experts believe that local kids have lost interest in anything mainstream and they are looking for something newer and cooler.

    “English is so widely spoken that there is no exclusiveness left with it. Most probably kids are looking for some outlandish language to learn. Keeping that in mind, declaration of Valyrian as national language and organizing National Spelling Bee in Valyrian could help US kids to regain the lost ground,” explained Andrew James, an expert of US culture.

    It appears, many of US kids agree with Andrew James’ point of view. “Albalacha utrabhi anbanachi anglesachi commeneri ghut ghut,” said a 15 year old US kid speaking in a language created by himself.

    Later, his mother Rachelle translated that to English. He meant,”English is out of fashion, let Asians follow that.” Adding further, Rachelle expressed how much Americans are afraid of Asians learning their culture.

    “They are coming, memorizing and conquering. The intensity at which they are pushing themselves at everything American is terrifying. It’s better for us to shift to something else,” said Rachelle.

    However, sources within the government disclosed that by introducing a completely new national language, Obama wants to offer Americans a fresh start, so that they could excel in that.

    Meanwhile, unperturbed by US intentions, Indian American kids have started learning words of Valyrian to make themselves ready for National Spelling Bee 2015.
     
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    um...American's are American whether they have origins in Europe, Asia, Africa, or Australia.

    No continent is "more" or "real" than another.
     
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    The actual problem is that every other moron has access to internet, and is free to comment on websites. That doesn't make a nation racist. If it's done by some reputed journalists, and there is a pattern to it, then we can begin to worry.
     
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    but biggest surprise is you in the forum :o: ! ! ! OMH ! ! :o:
     
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