Racism is definitely not a new thing when it comes to Indians living abroad. From US to UK to Australia, every country has their own stories of racism but nothing is done. Recently, a 12-year-old girl of Indian origin won a National Spelling Bee in the US, and, for obvious reasons, grabbed headlines soon after. Indian-American Ananya Vinay won the Scripps National Spelling Bee and made her family and the country proud. And while she impressed everyone, a CNN host couldn’t stop herself from mocking Ananya.
Ananya and other Indian-American Rohan Rajeev faced each other in the final round last week at the Gaylord National resort and Convention Centre in Maryland, and Ananya won on the word, ‘marocain’, which is a fabric.
And that’s when TV channels started interviewing her, and when she was a part of a segment of CNN, something happened that didn’t please anyone. CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo were interviewing her, when, as a challenge, they asked her to spell ‘covfefe’. For those who do not know, ‘covfefe’ is a word that came into existence after US President Donald Trump accidently sent out a tweet where he typed ‘negative press covfefe’ instead of negative press coverage’.
While Cuomo kept quiet, the other CNN host explained it to Ananya that ‘covfefe’ was actually a nonsense word. Here’s what she said exactly –
‘Covfefe’ is a nonsense word but we’re not sure that its root is in Sanskrit — which is probably what you’re used to.’
And soon Twitter started reacting on the incident, and the reactions started pouring in.
— Sara K. Ahmed (@SaraKAhmed) June 4, 2017
— Patricia (@Patricia_DSC) June 4, 2017
— Anand Loharikar (@loharikar) June 5, 2017
Wow, that's so creepy. Fucking CNN. Institutional racism in your face. https://t.co/WmtSiAviVZ
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) June 4, 2017
Watch the entire video to know what happened –