National Spelling Bee ends in tie for first time in decades –

(CNN) — Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe correctly spelled so many words Thursday that the Scripps National Spelling Bee had to declare them both winners.

Why? Because there weren’t enough words left on the competition’s list for them to keep facing off until only one was left standing.

In the bee’s final round, Hathwar, 14, an eighth-grader from Painted Post, New York, correctly spelled the word “stichomythia” — dialogue especially of altercation delivered by two actors.

Sujoe, 13, a seventh-grader from Fort Worth, Texas, correctly spelled the word “feuilleton” — part of a European newspaper.

But we can’t expect illegal immigrants – or legal ones, for that matter – to have to learn English.  Because that would be racist.

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Stichomythia? — 7 Comments

  1. Bill, expecting all immigrants (or children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of immigrants) to learn English is racist. You’re such a racist that you missed the most important part: do either of those winners’ names look Hispanic? No, of course not. All right-thinking (that is, left-thinking) people know that Hispanics just aren’t smart enough to learn English. All proper right- (left-)thinking progressives show how non-racist they are by recognizing the limitations of certain racial* or cultural groups, and then making sure that racists like you don’t expect too much of them.

    * Term used as a shortcut. All left-thinking people realize that there is no such thing as race, and that “race” is merely a construct of white men to justify slavery, and that all people are equal, though white men such as yourself are less equal than others.

  2. Like George Zimmerman and Thomas Sowell, who are either really “white” or not “true black” respectively, those “immigrants” who learn English are not truly of their race, ethnicity, gender, or immigrant group and do not enjoy any minority privilege. To a leftist they have been “bleached” white.

    Just because they won’t “tow the line” and act all victimized. (DYSWIDT?).

  3. Upon reflection, and working with a fairly small number because it is a convoluted process and difficult to navigate, I would rather live in a neighborhood composed of only new, recent, legal citizens than the first 200 names in the Boston phone book.

    Third generation, maybe not so much…but a lot of that is familiarity breeding contempt.

  4. I initially thought they were probably home-schooled, but then found:

    Hathwar … is an eighth-grade student at the Alternative School for Math and Science in Corning. … Sujoe … is a seventh-grade student at
    Bethesda Christian School in Fort Worth, Texas.

    Who could imagine that math/science or (gasp) Christian students are taught to spell polysyllabic words?

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