American Family Association: Indian-Americans Win Too Many Spelling Bees

June 08, 2010 3:00 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Bryan Fischer - the American Family Association's in-house plagiarist - thinks he's spotted a double standard.  Why, he asks, are progressives quick to point out discrimination in various situations but are not equally outraged that Indian-Americans dominate the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition?  If liberals are truly interested in leveling the playing field, Fischer observes, they should take action to ensure that fewer Indian-Americans win. 

If equality of outcome and not equality of opportunity is the goal, we've got a serious problem with the national spelling bee.

If a disparate outcome is prima facie evidence of racism, something is going to have to be done. An Indian-American has won it for the third year in a row, and overall, Indian-Americans have won the trophy eight times in the last 12 years.


Will Barney Frank and his fervid equality acolytes intervene to stop this outrageous display of ethnic favoritism?

Will judges, who heretofore have been guided by objective criteria found in the dictionary, be forced to allow spellers of previously disfavored races to commit a certain number of mistakes just to keep things fair? Will standards be lowered to ensure that the group of ten finalists "look like America?"

An anxious nation breathlessly awaits the appearance of an equality hero who will sweep aside objective standards and honors based on achievement, hard work and intelligence in favor of the classic American ideal of mediocre and bland outcomes based entirely on skin tones.

Fischer is being facetious but his underlying argument is nevertheless groundless.  His argument rests on a false belief that people who are against discrimination believe "disparate outcome is prima facie evidence of racism."  Very few hold that belief.  Fischer should understand that discrimination based on subjective criteria (race, religious, sexual orientation, etc.) is much different from a competition based on objective standards.  For example, a law that prohibits professional sports teams from discriminating against Latin American players is much different than one that disqualifies Latin Americans players for hitting too many home runs.

This is what happens when you give a troglodyte a radio show and a computer.  Fischer, Director of Issues Analysis at the AFA, openly advocates deporting Muslims and argues that Hitler specifically sought out gay soldiers because they were by nature more savage and brutal.  He even managed to put his two favorite enemies into the same conspiracy theory, writing that the military is overrun with "fundamentalist Muslims and homosexual activists."  Imagine that!

The more the American Family Association promotes Fischer's unrepentant bigotry, the more the group - which sponsors the yearly Value Voters Summit - becomes a liability to the conservative cause.

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