This Sikh Student From Iowa Won Harvard's Speech Tournament With This Performance

Submitted by: thunderbear 1 month ago in Entertainment


Valley High School junior JJ Kapur earned first place in the original oratory category at the Harvard National Forensics Tournament in February, defeating more than 240 orators from across the nation. His speech, “Let’s Dance,” focuses on the danger of reducing complex people to a single story, for example, thinking of all men with beards and turbans as terrorists.



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Male 42
great speech.  Glad he mentioned his religion, no one should avoid this topic.  but yea, he should not have dismissed the trump supporters, bit of a contradiction.  
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Male 1,798
Well done!
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Male 3,421
I didn't know this was even a thing, Speech Tournaments?  Meh, should call up espn.

Best bollywood clip.. these guys are a riot.

https://youtu.be/Hrtd4Bqo16A?t=79

Or

https://thumbs.gfycat.com/IdenticalAchingKawala-size_restricted.gif


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Male 164
His whole speech is great, but I personally think he threw a nugget of shit in the punch bowl when he pandered to the audience with the remark about Trump supporters and sane people.  It completely contradicted his whole point that he had built up towards.  I just hope many of the people here can look past it and take in the general message.
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Male 1,509
thunderbear I was just wondering why his religion had to be pointed out. can't just "a Harvard student" be sufficient?
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Male 3,421
squidbush Imma go out on a limb and guess that his religion was pointed out so he wouldn't be thought of as an arab.  Not that many people can tell you the difference between a sikh and a arab.
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Male 164
squidbush that's a valid question and point.  His religion doesn't matter at all.  I originally only had it in the description but now that you mention it I'm not even sure why.

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Male 3,421
thunderbear the snowflakes are particularly fragile these days i see lol.

I'm sure the announcers at the Hog Races and Tractor Pulls made jokes about Obama too.
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Male 836
thunderbear I agree with that.  He could have alluded to it indirectly, but still comically.  Overall, he did very well.  I didn't catch a single slip or stumble in his speech, and nary an "umm" either.

as for that personal anecdote - I can't imagine what kind of ice-water chill down his father's back at his son confusing him with bin Laden.  His voice sounded like it almost cracked with the emotion of it.
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Male 7,910
thunderbear Meh it was a good zinger.  
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