Spelling bee draws racial remarks as Indian-Americans win

Spelling bee draws racial remarks as Indian-Americans win

Racist comments flooded Twitter as two Indian-American teens today scripted history by becoming co-champions of the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The boys --  Sriram J Hathwar, 14, and Ansun Sujoe, 13, -- made history as they were declared the fourth co-champions in 89 years of the popular spelling bee contest and the first since 1962.

However, not everyone was pleased with the children’s remarkable victory.

Some people on social media were outraged at the fact that the finalists of the competition were not Americans.

The past eight winners and 13 of the past 17 have been of Indian descent, a run that began in 1999.

The fact was seemingly too much for some on social media — who tweeted, for example, "Where are our American kids?"

"wow that blows the spelling bee ends with a tie thats so friggin un-American no wonder the kids that won it are Indian," a Massachusetts resident tweeted.

"so according to these geniuses, only Caucasians are "American" when it comes to the spelling bee?," another post said.

"Just because the face on the screen isn't white, it doesn't make the #spellingbee finalists any less American."

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