Within seconds of Nina Davuluri capturing the Miss America 2013 crown, racist tweets popped up online. The 24-year-old New York-born beauty became the first of Indian heritage to take the title. While I personally thought she was the rightful winner, others did not.
Some of the numerous tweets referred to her as “Miss Terrorist” and “Miss Al-Qaeda.” Glad to see racists are ignorant across the board. They definitely need to brush up on their geography among many other things. Not that it needs clarifying, but her parents are Indian immigrants. Some fools who like to clump all non-white folks in one category, referred to 9/11′s anniversary, quoting “9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets Miss America?”
The more educated racists used stereotypes that all Indians work at 7-11 to take their stabs. While I’m not naive in thinking racism is dead, the amount of negative comments and hatred was disappointing and sad.
Showing the same grace and articulateness she displayed during the competition, Davuluri addressed the controversy in a poised manner. Check out her response below.
“I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she said in her first press conference after winning the crown. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.” “I have to rise above that,” said Davuluri. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
What do you think of Nina’s win? As mentioned before, I thought she earned it. Not only is she stunningly gorgeous, but girl worked it out during her Bollywood dance and didn’t choke during the question-answer period. We’ve all seen many before her embarrassingly fumble their way through that high-pressure situation before. Sound off below.
If you want to read more ridiculous racist tweets, check out BuzzFeed’s compilation.