By Bryan Fischer
Remember when too many people of one race were getting home loans and too many of another race were not? That disparate outcome was taken by Barney Frank and others as plain evidence of racism. Banks, which had simply been following time-tested guidelines based on down payment, credit history and income, were forced to underwrite loans they knew were bad loans just because the government made them. All this, you see, in the interest of some mythical standard of racial equality.
If equality of outcome and not equality of opportunity is the goal, we've got a serious problem with the national spelling bee.
If a disparate outcome is prima facie evidence of racism, something is going to have to be done. An Indian-American has won it for the third year in a row, and overall, Indian-Americans have won the trophy eight times in the last 12 years.
Will Barney Frank and his fervid equality acolytes intervene to stop this outrageous display of ethnic favoritism?
Will judges, who heretofore have been guided by objective criteria found in the dictionary, be forced to allow spellers of previously disfavored races to commit a certain number of mistakes just to keep things fair? Will standards be lowered to ensure that the group of ten finalists "look like America?"
An anxious nation breathlessly awaits the appearance of an equality hero who will sweep aside objective standards and honors based on achievement, hard work and intelligence in favor of the classic American ideal of mediocre and bland outcomes based entirely on skin tones.
Excerpts from the Associated Press story:
Streak continues: Indian-American speller from Ohio claims bee victory; 8th in 12 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shantanu Srivatsa and Anamika Veeramani sat nervously, side by side on stage.
Once again, an Indian-American was going to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It was just a matter of what word and what time on Friday.
Shantanu, 13, an eighth-grader from West Fargo, N.D., stepped to the microphone first and couldn't spell "ochidore."
Anamika — showing the cool demeanor she kept throughout — kept her hands behind her back and rattled off the correct letters for the medical term "stromuhr." She didn't crack a smile until the trophy was presented.
"It was too surreal," she said. "It was an amazing experience. I usually have a poker face, so that's what that was."
The 14-year-old girl from North Royalton, Ohio, won the 83rd bee, claiming the trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes — some of which she says she intends to spend.
She also became the third consecutive Indian-American bee champion.
Indian-Americans comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population according to 2000 census data, but they have an impressive bee winning streak — taking the trophy in eight of the past 12 years.