Ugliness emerges after Miss America beauty’s win 0
Winner Nina Davuluri at the 2014 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena. Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States. 16 Sep 2013 (WENN.COM)
Watching Nina Davuluri crowned the first Miss America of Indian origin was a triumphant moment for multiculturalism in America, despite the gibberish of a bigoted-vocal minority.
Having someone of colour win the contest was just too much for individuals like @Granvil_Colt, who tweeted "And the Arab wins Miss America. Classic." Then there was @anthonytkr who associated her with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Others stooped to a more generic kind of racism, for example, referring to her as “Ms. 7-11,” reported the Times of India.
While it seems certain individuals identify anyone of colour as members of one angry anti-American, proto-country individuals of all clans, colours and creeds, expressed embarrassment and came to aid of the new beauty queen, who, for the record, was born in Syracuse, N.Y.
Davuluri herself chose to transcend the negative ‘tweeple,’ telling the Associated Press that she views herself “first and foremost American.”
“I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she said. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America,” she said during the pageant press conference.
But what’s behind the slurs and attacks that undermine the ideals professed by most Americans? Even in the most progressive countries, equality remains a work in progress. The last decade has been a time of tremendous change in America. The fact that Davuluris belongs to one of the most educated and prosperous groups in the U.S. could certainly be another factor in the backlash witnessed by the world.
Whatever you think of the pageant and its outcome, Davuluri’s victory remains testimony to the progressive attitude championed by most Americans. Electing a minority to represent and act as an ambassador of a nation is still a long shot for many countries —including India.
As Time magazine observed, “the days of peroxide blonde Barbie dolls dominating the pageant are long gone.” Not everyone’s happy about it, but there are bound to be a few bumps along the road to progress.
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