Saturday, June 05, 2010

A Melanated Person Has Won The Scripps National Spelling Bee 8 Of The Last 12 Years

Spelling bee winner part of Indian-American streak

Congratulations to Anamika Veeramani, 14, of North Royalton, Ohio on your awesome victory in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week!!

This is a major accomplishment that you will cherish for the rest of your life.

Like it or not - you are yet another building block in the racial profile that is forming based on what people see when they see you, making certain assumptions from the observable patterns.

Miss Veeramani is about my complexion yet she is not from the "African-American" cultural or genetic tradition.  (Note: some say she is not a "descendant of American Slavery".  I don't use this term in that I refuse to place my origins upon "American Slavery".  The consequences of doing so leaves us perpetually and inescapably bound to this brief period in time with respect to the entirety of our existence on this Earth).

Despite her skin color Miss Veeramani is likely considered "Asian" on the US Census.


I increasingly see people who look like Miss Veeramani in the corporate work places that I frequent.  This is the case in my own company as well as the various customers that I call upon.  I have said repeatedly, based upon my observations that "Indian/Pakistani Is The New Black".

It appears that America, though fits and starts, has several venues where an "equal human being" can be placed into a competition which has little to no subjectivity placed upon a judge's biases thus allowing the most competent person to rise to the top.   To be clear - in a pool of highly gifted people there is no hard and fast rule that defines who will win.  Instead it is more accurate to say - after a certain threshold is passed - the more "entries" you have in that pool the more chances that you have to be represented in the winner's circle.

Of course there is "racial profiling" in America and around the world.  The day that humans stop making initial inferences about a person that they don't know based solely upon the physical characteristics of that person is the day that we all look alike.  In short - it is never going to happen.

For me personally the victory by Miss Veeramani affords me the opportunity to slay a sacred cow.   This one incessantly details for us Black people what is not possible for a "melanated person" to do in this "racist nation" which doesn't fairly share its resources.

Though this spelling bee was indeed an objective competition with affirmative evaluation not subject to preference based judgments Miss Veeramani won this competition based upon what she did while "away from the ball".   Just as the movie "Akeelah And The Bee" showed - the months of preparation that is invested is how these competitions are won.

I long for the day where anyone who proclaims themselves to be a leader makes note of such a requirement and has the mass movement of a people be based upon what they do "when they are away from the ball" rather than having them chasing after a carrot that someone else is ultimately in control over based upon their actions that the people are made to respond to.

1 comment:

dpr1982 said...

Great posting. Really astute. When will this be realized by the wider "intelligentsia"?