America had a first-ever, dramatic end to the National Spelling Bee. They ran out of words, and eight kids were still standing. The winners are Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao, and Rohan Raja.
With all Trump's hateful anti-immigration rhetoric, I note publicly the absence of a majority of white kids in the final rounds. In fact, they are hard to find in this inspiring group of young people.
What's up? Are white kids not making the cut -- or are they too "good" to undertake a mental challenge like the National Spelling Bee?
What I know is that the mental rigor of these kids represents America's future. American kids academic test scores are in the toilet internationally. We must nurture our best minds, as well-educated kids are no longer a given in America. It's costs too much money, say Republicans. Parents can do it better.
Trump would have you believe that white kids are doing just great. But ARE THEY? I propose that without the finest minds of kids of color -- and their determination to excel and make America great -- America's fall from grace will be even worse than the trajectory we are currently seeing play out before the whole world.
THIS is America's future and I pray that white people just take a reality check on what's REALLY made America great. It takes all colors.~ Anne via Buzzfeed