Can you spell words like “thymelici” and “holluschick?” The 14- and 13-year-old Indian-American winners of last night’s Scripps National Spelling Bee can. For the first time in 50 years two students tied for first place in the Bee and not for the first time, their “American-ness” was questioned soon after. Journalist Jeff Chu last night Storified some of America’s on-going paroxysms over who gets to belong and when. Last night, according to the AP, marks the seventh year in a row that a student of Indian descent has won the Bee.
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