Segregated spelling Bee???

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    Give me a freeking break!

    What an emabarrassing thing to do to young black kids. This is just a nice way to say..."you cant compete and win unless we create your own lil spelling bee"

    Pathetic and simply wrong!


     
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    I can't watch the link at my job, what is going on in the video?
     
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    Basically... its a couple of folks from Houston being interviewed regarding the african American spelling bee being hosted here in Houston. Only young black kids can compete in it, and I think it is degrading to blacks.

    It says they cant compete and win otherwise.

    Michael Berry makes a great point about Jackie Robinson and the "negro leagues" 1:49 mins in


    How can they expect to be the best of the best?
     
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    I have to agree. Until the African American community stops segregating itself, a certain segment of African Americans are going to continue to see themselves as 'handicapped' or 'victimized' or 'discriminated against' or 'less advantaged' or whatever. This kind of thing almost certainly suggests that African American kids are incapable of competing with other kids and that does them a huge disservice.

    And that doesn't even touch on the double standard. Can you imagine the howls and screams if somebody organized a 'white's only' spelling bee?
     
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    ^ ^ ^ This? 100% agree.
     
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    I'm confused because I thought the whole point of the Civil Rights movement was to integrate both blacks and whites, I agree this doesn't make any damn sense, I wouldn't want my kid in that spelling bee.
     
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    I can see the point, but I'm also glad to see a form of academic achievement being promoted in the African American community. If other groups want to hold their own spelling bees, then they should.
     
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    I see what they are attempting to do, but I think it sends the wrong message.
     
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    I'd love to see academic excellence become a core value of African-American culture to the point where they drop the hyphenation. Until it does, having academic competition in the community is a good bridge. My two cents.
     
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    Fair enough
     

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