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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 08:49

Miss America crowns 1st winner of Indian descent; racist tweets flow

 

(CNN) -- No sooner had the tiara been placed atop her head than a barrage of racist tweets flooded the Internet.

 

"If you're #Miss America you should have to be American," said one.

 

"WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!" screamed another.

 

Nina Davuluri is American. She just happens to be of Indian descent. In fact, she's the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America.

 

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.

 

"Well they just picked a Muslim for Miss America. That must've made Obama happy. Maybe he had a vote," vented one person.

 

Not that it bears pointing out, but Davuluri's not a Muslim -- and the president didn't have a vote.

 

The 24-year-old Davuluri, who's from Syracuse, competed on a platform of "Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency." For the talent portion, she performed a classical Indian dance fused with Bollywood moves.

 

"The liberal Miss America judges won't say this - but Miss Kansas lost because she actually represented American values. #missamerica." That was Todd Starnes, host of Fox News and Commentary.

 

"Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11," tweeted Jalin Leatherman, perpetuating the tired stereotype about Indians and convenience stores.

 

Davuluri's father is a physician. And she wants to be one too. She once battled bulimia, according to a profile of her on syracuse.com.

 

Being a trailblazer isn't easy. When Rima Fakih was crowned Miss USA in 2010, she faced a nasty backlash as well. Fakih is of Lebanese descent, and many were quick to try to link her to the militant group Hezbollah.

 

In Davuluri's case, many tweeters wasted no time connecting her to terrorism.

 

Miss America right now or miss Al Qaeda?" tweeted Shannon McCann.

 

Others invoked the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Yes, really.

 

"9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?" posted Luke Brasili.

 

For her part, Davuluri didn't immediately respond.

 

But many, turned off by the reaction, turned off Twitter and turned in for the night.

 

"I'm not going to click on #MissAmerica. I could do without a whole bunch of racism directed at brown people right now. Thanks," tweeted Josh Shahryar.

But there were plenty who came to her defense.

 

"i think its amazing that @NinaDavuluri was crowned Miss America. THIS is the american story," tweeted drummer Questlove.

And finally, there were those who tweeted variations on "Deal with it!"

 

"meanwhile in america, our country's citizens have officially reached their lowest point. #MissAmerica is Indian; GET OVER IT," wrote Mariah Contreras.

Well said, Maria, well said.

 

Source: CNN

 

The racist tweets disgust me. 

 




#2 Crimson Rain

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:03

Disgusting but nothing surprising actually.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:08

as i rarely follow miss events, and how is she compared to this miss Kansas they speak about?

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:08

She is really beautiful and I think she deserves her title.

Racist Americans should remember: This is what a true American looks like:

 

http://www.old-pictu...Sioux-Chief.jpg



#5 Albert

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:13

ahhh. america. the racial pinata of the world. so sad. and to think it used to the proud cultural melting pot.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:14

She is really beautiful and I think she deserves her title.
Racist Americans should remember: This is what a true American looks like:

Sioux-Chief.jpg

i always wonder how the mix between Amer-Indian x Indian will look like ...



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:39

Some of the responses in this thread are not any different than those being reported by CNN.  Not all Americans are racists or bigots or backwater jerkoffs.  The internet gives people around the world a platform to vent their opinions, their hate or whatever they wish whether we like it or not.



#8 ShadowMajestic

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:42

Some of the responses in this thread are not any different than those being reported by CNN.  Not all Americans are racists or bigots or backwater jerkoffs.  The internet gives people around the world a platform to vent their opinions, their hate or whatever they wish whether we like it or not.

Not all, but a lot are and they are speaking for the country. It is part of american culture to be intolerant of others.



#9 Mugwump00

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:44

She is really beautiful and I think she deserves her title.

Racist Americans should remember: This is what a true American looks like:

 

http://www.old-pictu...Sioux-Chief.jpg

 

After the Abbo's were all slaughtered?



#10 Raze

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:45

Not all, but a lot are and they are speaking for the country. It is part of american culture to be intolerant of others.

 

Pure nonsense and very ignorant.  Yes there are racists and bigots in America, but they are not the majority, far from it.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:50

I am quoting someone else but

 


Twitter reminds me of Game of Thrones: there are 140 characters and terrible things happen.

 

Actually, this is not Twitter's fault: Twitter is just a platform for some idiots who believe that being racist douchebags is ok and that they are free from facing the consequences.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:00

I think this sums up america...they fear what they don't know.

 



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:06

Empty vessels make the most noise.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 10:11

Love the America bashing in this thread, despite the fact that these ###### don't represent America, and that every country has plenty of people like this. Kind of ironic when you're talking about ignorance.

OT: people like this need to leave the gene pool asap.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 12:27

It's certainly not a majority I wouldn't say, but this type of racism is far more widespread than some of you seem to want to admit. It very much depends on where you live though. Come live in the south for a little while. Racism is damn sure alive and kicking here. It's pretty disgusting, but don't forget that a lot of these attitudes are bred from the media and government making anyone who isn't white look like a terrorist, and the ignorance of those who believe that. Racism is sadly still VERY much alive in this county.