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Houston to host first all black spelling bee

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posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 12:47 PM
There are laws against discrimination and they apply equally to all races. equally, not giving unfair advantage nor restricting access too.

The thing is we're all Americans, we went through a lot of bad things to get to this point in our you want to separate because your kids cannot compete with the children of other races? Can you spell A P P E A S E M E N T?

If you want your children to compete, prepare them. It is our common language, our standard for communicating with one another. I do not think black children are less intelligent but they can be less motivated to compete with the rest of the culturely diverse children.

A spelling bee is an unimportant event and certainly not worth imprinting in everyones mind, especially the children's, that this is the only way they can win. They do not need this burden put upon them.

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 01:06 PM

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 01:16 PM

Originally posted by bsbray11
Last I heard downtown Houston has something like 90% black population, so Houston could probably have an all-black spelling bee without even really trying.

I'm still not really sure what to think of this though.

Nah, I seriously doubt it even with 90% to be honest...

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 01:26 PM
reply to post by CosmicCitizen

You had to go and do the whole ebonics thing huh

I don't think it would go down that way
It would probably be more like this since you went all stereotypical

kid:can you use it in a sentence?
she bin had dat hand-made dress (she's had that hand made dress for a long time)
kid:d-u-r-e-s-s, duress.

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 01:32 PM

"Most children that make it to the level to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, are either homeschooled or attend private school," says Terrell. "They have more access to one-on-one training than children in public or inner city schools."

we'll say listen we know you can't beat those Indian kids and those Chinese kids," says Berry. "So we'll make sure a black kid will win, we'll just have a black spelling bee where only black kids can play."

So......... does this mean we get to have an all white basketball league? I mean, to be fair, the white kids can't compete, because their time is much too busy being home-schooled and learning to spell and stuff, so in order to make sure a white kid gets to win sometimes, lets just have an all white basketball league.

In fact, in my town of Tallahassee, we have FAMU, an historical black college that has almost exclusively a black student population, and they hand out Master's degrees like pop tarts. To be fair, they do offer "minority scholarships" to white kids, so they have entirely "flipped the script."

Wait a minute.......something seems eerily familiar about all of this.........

I thought we did away with Separate but Equal????

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 01:36 PM
Stupid nature.

I though bees were black and yellow? Not all black.

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 02:27 PM
This whole topic is another reason why Abraham Lincolns decision for ever ruined this country~

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 02:33 PM
Sounds kind of boring, if you ask me.
An all black spelling bee?
Over and over again. . . . .
oh, it's a racial thing?

Then that's just S-T-U-P-I-D

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 02:46 PM
This reminded me of an article I had seen on the internet before by a very intelligent black woman named Zora Neale Hurston. It is a short read by very interesting perspective from a prominent black American figure.


In the ruling on segregation, the unsuspecting nation might have witnessed a trial-balloon. A relatively safe one, since it is sectional and on a matter not likely to arouse other sections of the nation to support of the South. If it goes off fairly well, a precedent has been established. Govt by fiat can replace the constitution. You don’t have to credit me with too much intelligence and penetration, just so you watch carefully and think.

Meanwhile, personally, I am not delighted. I am not persuaded and elevated by the white mare technique. Negro schools in the sate are in very good shape and on the improve. We are fortunate in having Dr. D.E. Williams as head and driving force of Negro instruction. Dr. Williams is relentless in his drive to improve both physical equipment and teacher-quality. He has accomplished wonders in the 20 years past and it is to be expected that he will double that in the future.

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 03:18 PM
reply to post by Question Fate

Nothing wrong with separating blacks. Lets see how they do on their own since the prefer to exclude other races so much.

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 03:37 PM
Wow I am black and I definitely disagree with having an all black spelling bee. I don't know why there are so many jokes about it and saying "lets see how they do on their own for once" and all this other crap. If you don't agree with it, that's all you have to say. But there is no need to make fun of black people and the way a certain part of the population speak. I can find many white people and other races speaking the same way all over this country. So its not just blacks who speak that way. And the reason BET and other programs were created was because most shows on television barely had people of other races on it. They were not allowed to be on certain programs. And also a lot of the sitcoms, black people couldn't relate to. So that is why they were created. Again I definitely do not support an all black spelling bee, as it should be for everyone. We clearly still have a lot of work to do to bridge the race gap on all sides.

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 03:45 PM
reply to post by somuchhtosay41

Given that blacks obviously want their own things (spelling bee, tv network, history month, congressional caucus), why not simply cut the entire race off and see how they do?

I suspect it wouldn't last long, as there are exponentially more takers than givers. The problem could be said of any and all races, but blacks seem to have perfected it.

Incidentally, why is it you never hear blacks whining about the lack of diversity in professional sports?

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 03:49 PM
reply to post by somuchhtosay41

you stated: " BET and other programs were created was because most shows on television barely had people of other races on it. "

Let me axe you something mane? Are you serious? I mean mane, Bill Cosby, had his own sho fo like 20 years bro? And that just be one nizzle my drizzle!

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 03:57 PM
reply to post by HaveAnotherOne

I refuse to get into a discussion back and forth about my race vs yours. However, I will say that the black race definitely has a lot of work to do, we are doing nothing but suppressing each other and taking many steps back. I actually don't watch BET, but growing up, I actually could relate a little better to the programs on it, then I could of others. Sports, yes we all know blacks are dominant, yet everyone of all races cheers all of them on!

You're right, we wouldn't do so well on our own, but neither would any race. We all need to realize that despite our differences, we are all one. I look at everyone as my brother and sister. Segregation is the last thing we need to be focused on right now! So shame to the people in Houston, starting this silly all black spelling bee!

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 04:00 PM
reply to post by Whereweheaded

If I use poor grammar forgive me. I am just writing because I am angry. But no need to speak ebonics to me and use terms like "axe me" and "fo shizzle". This is the problem. Its actually quite disgusting.

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 04:07 PM
reply to post by somuchhtosay41

Would you agree that blacks do more harm to their own cause than any other race?

The idea that diversity is a good idea is simply a myth IMO. If diversity was so grand, it would happen naturally, not as a governmental dictate.

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 04:11 PM
reply to post by HaveAnotherOne

I absolutely would agree! I said that in my above post. That we are suppressing each other and are the ones who completely set back all of the progress we have been making.

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 04:30 PM
I am bi-racial, and I do not agree with an all black spelling bee. I think it is a step backwards.

Some of these post on this thread have really turned me off from this site. Not all black people speak ebonics, it is probably safe to say that more white teenagers use the language then black adults. Those who make the assumption that all blacks are lazy (which is essentially what two posters were saying) are uneducated and probably never been around black people.

posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 04:32 PM
reply to post by Justagyrl


posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 04:35 PM

Originally posted by pplrnuts
Look, facts are facts... under normal circumstances, these students would be nonexistent in such a competition due to the likes of Asian and Caucasian students who excel WAY beyond them in the realm of academic contests.

Honestly, they wouldnt have the chance to do this if up against Asian and Caucasian students, so why not just limit the contestants to themselves sort of like the Special Olympics?

Hopefully they try to keep out the Ebonics BS though as that is just complete foolishness.

edit on 14-3-2011 by pplrnuts because: (no reason given)

This is faulty logic. First of all it's not like there are no rich, successful black families in this country. There's plenty of them, but admittedly so not as many as white rich families due to the fact that this country is predominantly white. As hard to believe as it may be for some, there are also MANY poor white families out there, some destined for the trailer park and worse. Maybe instead of this competition being for blacks, it should be for lower social class students.

By suggesting that blacks have their own spelling bee to "level the playing field", it is implied that blacks are just too stupid or uneducated to compete with other kids. Have no black kids ever made it to the national spelling bee competition? I seriously doubt this.

The POINT of competition is that we find the best of the best in a given segment of knowledge or sport. What is the point in a competition that doesn't include all the talent, no matter what race or social class they are? There have been plenty of poor kids, black kids, who grew up to be amazing and intelligent people. If they compete in an environment populated by second or third-bests, how will they ever challenge themselves to the full maximum? The whole concept is absolutely ridiculous, and actually DAMAGING to black kids in this country. To teach them that they only have to be the best in their community, to teach them that they aren't smart or in the same league as the white, Asian and Hispanic students is completely insulting.
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