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A couple of weeks ago, Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America in Atlantic City. Nina is a beautiful Indian-American woman. Yes, she's of Indian heritage.  Did you pause to re-read that? No,  I think you read correctly. Davuluri is the first woman of Indian descent to be crowned Miss America. And if you keep up with the news,  you'll also already know that a lot of Americans are outraged by this. About a week ago, after the crowning of Davuluri, Twitter exploded with racist reactions against the new Miss America. It was ridiculous! 

"So Miss America is a terrorist" was one of the awful tweets against Davuluri. Seriously? A terrorist?  Why would she be? And how?  Like the logistics of her being a terrorist just doesn't make sense to me. To be honest, when I was reading these tweets, I couldn't believe that some Americans still have such close-minded discriminatory views. I mean, America is an immigrant nation. Everyone is an immigrant.  Without Indians, Arabs, Hispanics and so forth, America would not be the world power that it is today.  

Another racist comment was, "Miss America? You mean Miss 7/11".  C'mon people, we're in the 21st century! People even called her an Arab, which she's not.  Click here to read some more of the awful insults. And I'm sharing this so people can be aware of the ignorance that surrounds us and do something about it. After all, ignorance is not always bliss. 

As you can imagine, the educated figures within the media have been outrage by the Twitter backlash. Stephen Colbert approaches this issue with unrepentant mockery. Watch the clip here!

To all the xenophobics out there, I have three tips for you:

1. Take a world cultures class. 

2. Travel More! 

3. DON'T BELIEVE IN STEREOTYPES. THEY WILL DESTROY YOU! 

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Comment by Nelida Neri on September 28, 2013 at 1:12am
I saw an article about this on twitter! It can be disheartening to see how people reacted to her winning and how mean they can get. One of the comments was that she was arab, as you already stated, untrue. Another commenter said that she was too dark and would not have won a pageant even in her own country.
And in the article it also talked about how some women in India go through skin lightening treatments and how the products are advertised on tv by famous stars. I thought that was interesting in itself. The perception that beauty is based partly on skin color really needs to change.


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