Diversity trumps racism on Twitter after historic Miss America victory - New York News

Diversity trumps racism on Twitter after historic Miss America victory

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By: Jamshid Ghazi Askar, Deseret News

People say a lot of mean things on Twitter every day. But Nina Davuluri's victory Sunday night in the Miss America pageant sparked an outburst of racist tweets notable not only for their intolerance but also their ignorance.

“Nina Davuluri … happens to be of Indian descent. In fact, she's the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America,” Leslie Bentz reported for CNN.com. “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.”

On the feminist blog Jezebel, Laura Beck wrote, “Racists got so mad, they started mixing up Indian, Indian-American, Arab, Muslim, and everything in between. It's (literarily) a most impressive display of dumb mixed with intolerance and even more stupidity.”

Davuluri, 24, wants to follow in her father's footsteps and become a medical doctor. Her pageant platform was “celebrating diversity through cultural competency.” On Sunday night she took the high road regarding the insensitive tweeting, and after the dust settled a significant contingent of Twitter users voiced support for her.

“After the (winner was announced), some users tweeted that Davuluri was not ‘American enough' to win the title while others went as far as to say she ‘looks like a terrorist,' ” the Associated Press reported. “But the 24-year-old native of Syracuse, N.Y., brushed those comments aside.

“ ‘I have to rise above that,' she said. ‘I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.'

"Many users agreed, coming to the newly crowned Miss America’s defense."


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