This past Sunday, Nina Davuluri was crowned the 2014 Miss America. But what should have been a celebratory moment in American history turned into an unfortunate display of racism when the Indian-American woman who was born in the upstate New York city of Syracuse was ridiculed with racist tweets for snagging the crown.
The tweets below are just a few of the startling comments that were made on Twitter:
If a Muslim wins this pageant. Lord help me.
— Emily (@emi_adkins) September 16, 2013
Only reason she won is bc her people said they would lower gas prices
— Dallas Robinson (@DallasRobinson8) September 16, 2013
Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11.
— CHEEZ-IT (@JPLman95) September 16, 2013
How can a muslim win Miss AMERICA? #sorrynotsorry
— Max Orr (@max_orr3) September 16, 2013
Thankfully, some celebrities, like Questlove from The Roots, stepped in and tweeted support to the 24-year-old:
i think its amazing that @NinaDavuluri was crowned Miss America. THIS is the american story.
— Questlove Jenkins (@questlove) September 16, 2013
In an interview with the Associated Press, Davuluri stated a similar thought, reacting to her victory by saying:
“I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”
And regarding the negative backlash she received, she simply said:
“I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
Davuluri’s last comment is of interest because it seems whenever a person of color represents an American brand, she must always assure our society that she is truly American, neglecting that fact that the whole foundation of America is ethnic, religious, and racial diversity.