A Joke for Colored People

Posted by Melvin Bray on June 21st, 2008 filed in Useful Perhaps

This seems to be the Year of Color in America—from ethnicities to rainbow coalitions.

Kevin Tan may be the first Chinese American to take the mat for USA gymnastics on the very year the Olympics go to Bejing. He’s America’s best hope in the rings.

The first American of East Indian descent, Raj Bhavsar, may finally make it on the USA Olympic team as well. Many gymnastics fans felt that by virtue of his performance at the last trials he should have made the 2004 team, but such is life (…in the West—sadly one can never be sure what dynamics are at play).

In order to understand the following comment, you’d have to know that my sister-in-law is of Indian descent as well.

While watching Raj today, I turned to my wife and said, “Quick, Leslie! Call Jocelyn and see if she knows him!

*Update: Though 3rd best all around (separated from 2nd best by less than a tenth of a point) and the high scorer on the parallel bars, Raj was again denied and named 2nd alternate for the team—go figure.

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