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Miss America And Racism

Posted by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 5:30 AM
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http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/16/showbiz/miss-america-racist-reactions/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Miss America crowns 1st winner of Indian descent; racist tweets flow

By Leslie Bentz, CNN
updated 2:57 AM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013

Nina Davuluri, representing New York, is crowned 2014 Miss America by 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan.
Nina Davuluri, representing New York, is crowned 2014 Miss America by 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Nina Davuluri is the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America
  • The tweets that followed were mostly about her heritage
  • The 24-year-old Syracuse native wants to be a physician

(CNN) -- No sooner had the tiara been placed atop her head than a barrage of racist tweets flooded the Internet.

"If you're #Miss America you should have to be American," said one.

"WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!" screamed another.

Nina Davuluri is American. She just happens to be of Indian descent. In fact, she's the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America.

But the tweets that followed the 2014 pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday night didn't focus on how it's the second consecutive year that a Miss New York has taken the crown, or about the judge's questions (including ones about Miley Cyrus and Syria).

They were about Davuluri's heritage.

"Well they just picked a Muslim for Miss America. That must've made Obama happy. Maybe he had a vote," vented one person.

Not that it bears pointing out, but Davuluri's not a Muslim -- and the president didn't have a vote.

The 24-year-old Davuluri, who's from Syracuse, competed on a platform of "Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency." For the talent portion, she performed a classical Indian dance fused with Bollywood moves.

"The liberal Miss America judges won't say this - but Miss Kansas lost because she actually represented American values. #missamerica." That was Todd Starnes, host of Fox News and Commentary.
"Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11," tweeted Jalin Leatherman, perpetuating the tired stereotype about Indians and convenience stores.

Davuluri's father is a physician. And she wants to be one too. She once battled bulimia, according to a profile of her on syracuse.com.

Being a trailblazer isn't easy. When Rima Fakih was crowned Miss USA in 2010, she faced a nasty backlash as well. Fakih is of Lebanese descent, and many were quick to try to link her to the militant group Hezbollah.

In Davuluri's case, many tweeters wasted no time connecting her to terrorism.

"Miss America right now or miss Al Qaeda?" tweeted Shannon McCann.

Others invoked the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Yes, really.

"9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?" posted Luke Brasili.

For her part, Davuluri didn't immediately respond.

But many, turned off by the reaction, turned off Twitter and turned in for the night.

"I'm not going to click on #MissAmerica. I could do without a whole bunch of racism directed at brown people right now. Thanks," tweeted Josh Shahryar.

But there were plenty who came to her defense.

"i think its amazing that @NinaDavuluri was crowned Miss America. THIS is the american story," tweeted drummer Questlove.

And finally, there were those who tweeted variations on "Deal with it!"

"meanwhile in america, our country's citizens have officially reached their lowest point. #MissAmerica is Indian; GET OVER IT," wrote Mariah Contreras.

Well said, Maria, well said.

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Mrs.Pedro
by Bronze Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 5:36 AM
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Doesn't shock me one bit the negative feedback her win got. It's a damn shame. "America the Racist" is beginning to be a running theme in our news feeds. The only thing that still shocks me about the racism issues is that there are those who believe racism doesn't exist anymore.
Aslen
by Silver Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 5:41 AM
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So sad.....

I wish the teabaggers would pull their heads out.

romalove
by Roma on Sep. 16, 2013 at 5:42 AM
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Quoting Mrs.Pedro:

Doesn't shock me one bit the negative feedback her win got. It's a damn shame. "America the Racist" is beginning to be a running theme in our news feeds. The only thing that still shocks me about the racism issues is that there are those who believe racism doesn't exist anymore.

The racism surprised me, but the stupid was worse.  


romalove
by Roma on Sep. 16, 2013 at 5:43 AM
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Quoting Aslen:

So sad.....

I wish the teabaggers would pull their heads out.

The stupid in the tweets.....thinking she was Muslim, not American, talking about 9/11, and my favorite "when will a white woman win" when a white woman put the crown on the new Miss America's head.

SMH

SMH again

Aslen
by Silver Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 5:47 AM
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Right?!



Quoting romalove:


Quoting Aslen:

So sad.....



I wish the teabaggers would pull their heads out.



The stupid in the tweets.....thinking she was Muslim, not American, talking about 9/11, and my favorite "when will a white woman win" when a white woman put the crown on the new Miss America's head.

SMH

SMH again


littlelamb303
by Bronze Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 5:50 AM
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OMG, some people are really dumb.  Not surprising though.  There are a lot of ignorant people out there.

IandLoveandYou
by Bronze Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 5:50 AM

Ugh how sad.. it's so easy to find ignorance and hate on the internet, but still. It's still scary that there are living people behind those screens who actually think that way. And really a fox news commentator... gah. seriously. How embarassing for us as a nation.

I'm so happy I don't have twitter.

On a side note- congrats to her.. I am originally fromn Syracuse area as well :).


romalove
by Roma on Sep. 16, 2013 at 6:02 AM
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Quoting IandLoveandYou:

Ugh how sad.. it's so easy to find ignorance and hate on the internet, but still. It's still scary that there are living people behind those screens who actually think that way. And really a fox news commentator... gah. seriously. How embarassing for us as a nation.

I'm so happy I don't have twitter.

On a side note- congrats to her.. I am originally fromn Syracuse area as well :).


I live in the county in America with the highest number of Asian-Indians (we are in NJ and not NY, btw, lol) and I was almost positive I could hear a cheer going up from Edison when she won.

She's gorgeous, I was very happy for her.

SyllabaryBisque
by Bronze Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 6:05 AM
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Ugh, the hatred and ignorance in this country can be blinding sometimes..

On a side note, she's absolutely gorgeous!
romalove
by Roma on Sep. 16, 2013 at 6:07 AM
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Quoting SyllabaryBisque:

Ugh, the hatred and ignorance in this country can be blinding sometimes..

On a side note, she's absolutely gorgeous!

Did you see that the people used their actual names on their Twitter, advertising to the world "Not only am I racist but I'm also an idiot"?


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