Several days ago, a young woman was crowned as Miss America 2014.
Now, normally this would not gain my attention because (frankly) I don’t watch beauty pageants. While I’m sure the honor is great, and the young ladies involved in the Miss America program do some good work for their particular platform, it’s simply never interested me.
(okay–when a lot younger I used to watch the pageants but I grew out of it because I find it all a little “Stepford Wifey”)
Any way, my husband and I were chatting when he shared with me a news article about some controversy surrounding this new Miss America. And is it some sort of sex scandal? Did she pose for nude pictures or get arrested for some reason in her wayward youth?
Nina Davuluri, an outstanding student who wants to be a doctor, is apparently a talented young dancer, and representing the state of New York (and now our country) is being lambasted by far too many people on social media because of one reason only–she’s of Indian heritage.
After winning the Miss America pageant on Sunday night, Twitter blew up with all kinds of “outrage” over Nina’s selection. Excuse me?
People, have you looked out of your window? Were you paying attention in history class at all? Have you missed that really big statue in the harbor of New York City? Did you forget the fact our country is a “MELTING POT” of ethnic diversity where people of many nationalities have all come together under one, liberating constitution and Bill of Rights?
We are supposed to be diverse!
Yes, Nina Davuluri should be Miss America. This young woman is an American by virtue of the fact she was BORN HERE! Yes, her parents came here from India looking for a better life (as all of the ancestors of Nina’s detractors did from Europe back in the day). Yes, she is Hindu (freedom of religion ringing any bells here?) and she is very worthy of her new position in representing this country.
The problem here is not Nina.
Rather, it is the hate filled bigotry (or misinformed opinion) of those who seem determined to represent the very worst attitudes of our country. It’s a step backward, which we can ill afford in a world which is now so very interconnected. Perhaps a few classes in racial diversity and what it means to be an American (celebrating the freedoms which so many others do not experience) would be in order.
–stepping off my soap box now–