I haven’t watched Miss America since I was a kid, and even then I wasn’t paying very much attention. It’s just not something I really care about. Give me RuPaul’s Drag Race any day of the week.
I didn’t watch it, but apparently on Sunday night, Miss New York Nina Davuluri, who is the very first contestant of Indian descent to be crowned was crowned Miss America and the internet nearly exploded in a mushroom cloud of pure putrid racism.
Here is a link from Buzzfeed showing a few of the vile tweets.
Some people called her Miss Arab, Miss Al Qaeda, Miss Terrorist and Miss 7-11. People were saying that Miss Kansas should have won. Why? Because she’s white? I don’t understand what makes Miss Kansas a better candidate for Miss America. Because she hunts animals? Because she has a tattoo on her stomach? Because she loves her country more than Nina Davuluri? How do they know the level of love Nina has for her country? I mean, honestly, do they even know her at all? Have they met her? Have they had a conversation with her about how dedicated she is to the United States? I bet you if you asked her some history questions, she probably knows more than these bigots do.
It’s funny how they don’t care if a person’s ancestors (or parents) were born in Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Hungary or England, but if your ancestor was born in India and your skin color reflects that, all of a sudden you’re not a true American. White doesn’t mean American.
Nina is from New York, so what is a typical New Yorker to these people? Is she supposed to be like Fran Drescher? Or what about Julie Chen? Yeah, she’s from New York. Check it out. I mean what is a typical New Yorker supposed to look like? Is she supposed to be white with brown hair and a thick New York accent? Please tell me what the expectations are for being a true New Yorker.
This is 2013. I just can’t believe there is still so much hatred and racism. People from India are not terrorists and they are not affiliated with Al Qaeda. Indians are not Arabs either. I feel if you are going to make a racist statement, you should at least look at a map so you can see that India and Saudi Arabia aren’t the same country. Here, take a look if you don’t believe me.
I don’t know the rules of Miss America and I don’t know Nina Davuluri, and I’ve already said I don’t even watch the show, but I’m pretty sure that they wouldn’t crown a woman Miss America if she weren’t an American. Like I said before, having white skin does not make you a true American. If you want to know who the true Americans are, go find a reservation and ask around. The Native Americans might have something to say about your racism.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions just as I am entitled to point out their ignorance. We all as Americans have free speech, but I think free speech and hate speech are two separate things. Get your facts straight before you start calling someone you don’t even know names.
“Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
You know what my mother always said to me when I was a child? Come on, you know this one. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Do us all a favor and just keep your mouth shut if all you can do is spout your racism and hate speech.