Miss America Victory Marred by Racist Slurs

Twitter rage after Indian American from New York wins crown

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Miss New York Nina Davuluri, center, reacts after being named Miss America 2014 pageant as Miss California Crystal Lee, left, and Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan celebrate with her, Sunday, Sept. 15, in Atlantic City.

On Sunday evening, 24-year-old Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America, making her the first Indian American to hold the title. Moments later, the racists rushed to Twitter. What followed was a rather appalling display of ignorance and hate, from comments linking her to terrorism, to references about convenience stores, and cries that Miss America should be more “American.”

But Davuluri has graciously dismissed the haters: “I have to rise above that,” she said. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”

Thankfully the days of peroxide blonde barbie dolls dominating the pageant are long gone, with two of the runners up this year, Crystal Lee and Rebecca Yeh, boasting Asian roots. And this really shouldn’t be a surprise given that white children have fallen into the minority of those born in the U.S., according to the latest census data.

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It took about an hour for the rest of the Twittersphere to drown out the bigots, with many applauding the choice of Davuluri, who ran on the platform “celebrating diversity through cultural competency.”

Davuluri is a native of Syracuse, New York, and wants to be a doctor. She plans to use a $50,000 scholarship she won as part of the pageant to apply for medical school.

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523 comments
jane.conner.allen
jane.conner.allen

race and Color are irrelevant.  To 99% of Americans these issues don't matter.  To the 1% that object, these stupid people don;t realize that the caucasian race has skin color varying from white to black.  She is in fact Caucasian…..but who cares?

bcofran
bcofran

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, CT uses the activism and legacy of 19th century author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" Harriet Beecher Stowe as an inspiration for commitment to social justice and positive change. We just did a post on our social justice blog about this issue, and hope that those who were particularly moved by these racist comments about Miss America Nina Davaluri will read our post and share their thoughts. We also provide links to ways you can take action on improving cultural competency. http://salonsatstowe.blogspot.com/2013/09/miss-america-2014-welcomed-with-racist.html

quasiintellectual
quasiintellectual

This is a good lesson for the score of ABCDs (American Born Confused Desis) who love to ridicule and look down upon Indian culture and its people including their own parents to sound Americanized and get accepted in the American white society. BTW,  desi is a slang Indian word, meaning an Indian living abroad.

panchasenior82
panchasenior82

The fact that the Miss America title was won by an Indian lady shows that America has come a long way in a very positive manner. Her exquisite credentials, beauty plus brains, impressed the judges in all their wisdom and fair-play. Hopefully this would  usher in common-sense and fair-play in all national competitions regardless of race, colour or creed. America for far too long has been obsessed with the colour issue and the false premise that the colour white is superior in all respects!

Pancha Chandra Brussels


williethecat
williethecat

all of you pin head racists should move back in time to Hitler's Germany. There must be a worm hole you will fit through.

RichyBocaz
RichyBocaz

This competition must be called Miss USA as per its name in Miss Universe. America is a continent not just one country.


anni4u
anni4u

I'm an indian, I have no problem miss America being an Indian , African, Russian or any other countries descents, however I feel In beauty pageant or these miss world, miss American or whatever it is, the girl selected has to be BEAUTIFUL inside and out. I repeat BEAUTIFUL. I know it might sound bad or offensive, but but if we take out outer beauty from these events then  there are millions and trillions of intelligent , smart and "not so good looking" people out there who can run for these things. In my opinion when i see miss America I want to see BEAUTIFUL girl (inside and out). MY OPINION!!!! (I feel other contestant did better then this girl and I know Indian dancing, she didn't even dance properly. Im not making statement, I'm stating the facts)

Sleepytime
Sleepytime

Who wants to see a female with tattoos plastered all over her body who looks like she just left skid row?  That's as appealing as a woman with an STD.  Miss New York can wash the dot off her head, most of the tattooed women can't even cover them up.

applefellup
applefellup

I LOVE RACISM! A racist people is a healthy people. SIEG HEIL!

diamond1649
diamond1649

Great news!! Miss America once becomes a surgeon shall be a melting pot hero when her surgery will be filled with under five baby boom among minority aliens which at this point runs 50/50 with majority whites, she and other dot headed hindoos surgeons shall be a key figures to ensure that in the next five yrs both minorities under fives and under eighteen shall eventually lead as majority whilst they are at this stage only 117 millions, they shall out number "WHITES" who shall decline in birth rate.

WOW!THESE DOT-HEADED CURRY-SMELY ASSES HAVE FIGURED IT OUT GREAT POPULATION EXPLOTION JUST LIKE BACK HOME IN THEIR INDIA.

FedUptoo
FedUptoo

I am fed up over the mis-reporting of a tweet by a Fox News Reporter by the other press.

He was called racist for saying it was a shame that Miss Kansas had been eliminated, that American core values were dismissed.

He did this FOUR MINUTES before the winner was selected.  You can see it on the tweet.

CNN has "closed" the comments on their story and removed without comment that part of their "story".

Since they aren't correcting the record here and on CNN, etc.  

It is a LIE.

Thought those who were of a good heart with good intentions and liked the facts instead of spin - would like to know.  

You can actually see it here:

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/09/18/cnn-nbc-smear-fox-news-radio-host-with-false-racism-claims-83606

actor1
actor1

No American wants to see a dot-head in retarded clothing trying to represent the United States of America...SORRY.

rahulduong
rahulduong

I wish all the best to Nina Davuluri.  The world needs more people who are open and broadminded. 

I find this whole thing about being "American" and being "not-American" pointless, and refuse to sink to the level of those that have prejudice, racism, or bigotry.  

It is interesting to note, that I am "American"....born in America's Heartland (the Midwest), raised among the cornfields, in a small town, and product of the American school system.  How "American" is that?  I have only known the US to be my home, nowhere else.  I never claimed to be anything else other then an American.  I am Asian Indian background.  My wife is Vietnamese. 

What I am saying here is there are more people who are like Nina Davuluri the what you may be lead to believe.  America has been slowly changing since the 1960s and 1970s as far as ethnicity and demographics.  


orphanedhanyou
orphanedhanyou

anything thats representing America whether it be Miss America or President of the country, should have a native born American, not an immigrant - otherwise it really seems to miss the point. yes someone can become a citizen and live here 100 years...they can enter the Miss Immigrated to America contest. 

Nina was was born in New York so i have no problem with her race or ethnicity - that has nothing to do with being an American. but actually being an American does.

also it does seem that affirmative action is ruining the worlds view of what is fair and equal. either we are all the same or others need extra help and support because they are a certain race. i cant apply to certain college scholarships because im white. that is racist. you say it is a foundations right to give their money to someone of a certain race? then it cant be racists if someone has to be white to get a scholarship.

DKqwerty
DKqwerty

@diamond1649 You're nothing more than a pathetic, xenophobic bigot with abysmal English.

ON TOPIC: I congratulate Ms. Davuluri on her victory! I hope she makes a wonderful doctor and is eventually the surgeon who saves @diamond1649's life after being beaten nearly to death in a bar after a drunken, bigoted rant.

diamond1649
diamond1649

We still have our colonial english heritage club in USA restricted to us only and no melting pot-lot

diamond1649
diamond1649

"Lord bless aborgine native american-indians"

diamond1649
diamond1649

You dot headed informedindian from interstate motel owner in new jersey first identify yourself as an hindoostaniinformed

diamond1649
diamond1649

Keyleighherbertson confused over 'Nina's identity herself not an asian'.lts simple you enter USA from back door call yoursef indian american the first and foremost american the natives of the country,you get lns papers straightway.BUT DONT SAY YOU ARE AN ASIAN

InformedIndian
InformedIndian

Ignorance in America. Time to reinvent the education system by testing students in social studies and science. Both would cover reading and math, while ensuring a real education, against such ignorance and bigotry.

eisenman0311
eisenman0311

The liberal bigots of TIME made this story up. The author reports racism about the new Indian American winner which in the next paragraph writes racist comments against blond girls. 

Don't Believe the Liberal Media: if there is no racism, make it up to fuel the cause of liberal marxism.

DaleLittle
DaleLittle

Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Oprah and our President search for racism at every opportunity, but it doesn't have to be searched for, it is apparent it is alive and well throughout the world.  Some came out of the woodwork to tweet their racist ignorance to Miss America while other hypocrites reveal their racism and/or ignorance through comments (diamond1649), or journalistic statements like Sophie Brown's.  Sophie is thankful "the days of peroxide blonde barbie dolls (i.e., whites) dominating the pageant are long gone..."  Blonde barbie dolls or dark hair...doesn't matter to me as long as it doesn't become a vehicle for political statements and racism one way or the other.

diamond1649
diamond1649

The animals graze peacfully among themselves for food to survive.The scum of the earth kill each other to feed their fat belly,they happily live on this earth to keep eating,eating untill they become fat a.....h...this is called America.

diamond1649
diamond1649

We British had colonized America it is now filled with aliens calling themselves Americans.The aborgines native american indians are left voiceless.These Alliens have become scum of the earth their brains are inflated like a Zeppillin baloon about to blow out from their own quagmire.hahaha!

diamond1649
diamond1649

I am thoroughbred "ENGLISH IN AMERCA" researching behaviour of melting pot of aliens which looks disgusting.I respect aborgine native american indians who hardly seems to have any problem.

diamond1649
diamond1649

Millions of americans... l mean american blacks have no colur issue.lts these dot headed hindoos thinks they are superior race in america coz they worship penis of siva whose lingam is 66 metre high.hahaha!!!!

diamond1649
diamond1649

She is not indigenious native american indian but british east indian dot headed hindoo crap born in usa.

diamond1649
diamond1649

Anni4u dot headed curry masala asses virus equals:Hindoo indian version: "HIV"

diamond1649
diamond1649

Uuuu!dot headed HIV-hindoo indian version "shut up"

diamond1649
diamond1649

Hoooray!! Racism is not only healthy and great but it also keeps one in touch with the self indigenious and not to abberate from it.

But, this Miss America's :hindoo: indian: version of H.I.V. is a new curry-masala virus prevailing only to induce the rest of USA into a smelly-curried-asses murk. hahaha!!!

patriot0943
patriot0943

Since you are against immigrants winning would I be correct in assuming that you are a brown skinned Native American?

aynrand
aynrand

@DKqwerty @diamond1649  

@DKqwerty, you are absolutely right. @diamond1649 's posts are vile and wrong. Racism is immoral and disgusting. Judge someone for what they are like, not for the amount of melanin in their skin.

diamond1649
diamond1649

You should act as a castrated bedkeeper for her and lick her curry ass.hahaha

BigMagicSkyDaddy
BigMagicSkyDaddy

@diamond1649

You are definitely NOT "thoroughbred English" as you claimed elsewhere. You frequently drop the articles ('a', 'an') from your sentences, - a classic South Asian trait. You referred to "Indian OCCUPIED Kashmir, not Indian Administered Kashmir. You called the Hindoo religion "polytheistic". On one hand you know far too much about Hindoos ("Lingam" etc.) and even correctly identified which part of India Nina D. came from, while at the same time revealing your vast ignorance about other matters (e.g. there is no native American tribe called "Chikamaugas"). Your English is atrocious. You refer to native Americans as "aborigines". There is no doubt in one's mind that you are a Pakistani immigrant.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@InformedIndian You do not have Ignorance in India? You have a country in constant turmoil extreme  poverty not to mention a very dirty unhealthy country. so many people from India come to the USa to make a better life then you bash the very country that has improved your miserable life in India. You can not open 7/11.s and motels in your home land. you are snobs with no wright to be snobbish . If you do not like it here go back to India and starve since you morons wont even eat a cow that you worship with all the hunger going on there you nuts worship a dumb silly cow. Ignorance are you kidding. You compare India to the United States that is a joke even with our poor education system we are far ahead of India in everything but history.

CrookdRiverWmn
CrookdRiverWmn

@eisenman0311 So they made up the many racist tweets I read live at the end of the pageant, including one directed at me when I tweeted a comment about the racism? 

diamond1649
diamond1649

KeyleighHerbertson Dont get confused over NINA'S ID whether asian or not.Its the baloneys she gives out a)Nina a name is an italian nina ricci. b)Divuluru her fathers name is not hindi it belongs to Maoist name in savage psrt of ORRISA. c)when she said l am first & foremost american above all.She is drawing attention to America that she a native american indian above other americans.4)Imposting that it has nothing to do with her dot head mama and her papa had entered USA as an undocumented illegal alien.Got it!! Oh! By the way l am a BRITISH HISTORIAN We had ruled America so these are those facts.

CrookdRiverWmn
CrookdRiverWmn

@DaleLittle You missed the author's point. "Peroxide blonde barbie dolls" weren't just white, they were not real. You could argue that nothing about pageant beauty standards is honest or real), but in the past blonde was the ideal even for brunette whites. I think the whole pageant system is ridiculous, but I do welcome this small bit of progress in Miss America having had several winners who aren't white. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@diamond1649 you british would now be speaking german if it were not for the so called american Colonies  . You are a small peanut of a country who still goes around kissing the ass of a pompous queen.

patriot0943
patriot0943

@diamond1649 I'm sorry that you probably live at or below poverty level. This probably is what is causing you to be angry at the world. Take a deep breath and try to find a better job.

diamond1649
diamond1649

DKqwerty keep licking her curried ass wylu.hahaha

diamond1649
diamond1649

Hey buddy!these dot headed are hindoos not indians.they are shunning their id not to get deported.In America if they call themselves native indian american their motels 711,red carpet inn keeps rolling on.hahaha!

diamond1649
diamond1649

How dare you insult our British monarch.Come and visit our British colonial american heritage in Georgia you shall be baffled to see our Victorian line of monarchs succession.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@diamond1649 You are a moron who said they were native americans, they do not even say that, you must be on drugs. Get a life.