The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Racism at Nebraska Office of the CIO

I was rather surprised at the comment written by a searcher from the Office of the CIO, at the State of Nebraska, two days ago. I didn't print the comment because of its racism.

It began: "Hey hoe hey hoe wats up my black friend..."

I thought this rather telling of the attention with which the person concerned gave the facts and the blog he was visiting. As any reader would know who actually READ a page or two of my blog would know, I am of Irish origin and therefore Caucasian. This State employee presumably thought me "black" because of my name.

He then went onto laugh maniacally for over a line of "hahahahaha..." and so on, before accusing me, in CAPS, of having no information on my blog. It is instructive that the searcher in question looked at precisely one post.

I found the tone of the comment quite disturbing. His IP address began: 205.202.36, in case the State of Nebraska wishes to follow up on it.

The United States is a diverse and multicultural society. Personally, I don't think it is appropriate that an employee of the Office of the Chief Information Officer should be nursing any racism at all - and certainly not posting racially offensive comments across the internet, from the vantage of his (or her) desk at their office.

Even though the poster was wrong about my race, I was offended that he or she should attempt to express racism in my blog comments. Perhaps the State of Nebraska would like to have a word with him or her.

(If you would like to learn more of Ainan Celeste Cawley, a scientific child prodigy, aged eight years and one month, or his gifted brothers, Fintan, four years and seven months, and Tiarnan, two years exactly, please go to: I also write of gifted education, IQ, intelligence, the Irish, the Malays, Singapore, College, University, Chemistry, Science, genetics, left-handedness, precocity, child prodigy, child genius, baby genius, adult genius, savant, gifted adults and gifted children in general. Thanks.)

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