So last night this happened…
Miss New York –YAY TO MY HOME STATE, TWO WINS IN A ROW!-, Nina Davuluri, was crowned the winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant. The 24-year-old is the first contestant of Indian heritage to become Miss America.
And the racists go wild!
Being that this is Twitter, and we all know what a rainbows and lollipop filled space that is, I am not in the surprised by the nasty vitriol the spewed by these lesser informed Americans. As usual along with their hate, their ignorance is shown at an all time high.
I’m willing to bet a good majority of these ignoramuses against Miss Davuluri being chosen to represent the nation, were also upset that Marc Anthony sang the national anthem at MLB’s All Star game this past July because he wasn’t an American either. And we know how well that turned out for them.
If you’re born here in the US or in a recognized US territory you’re American. If you immigrate here and become a citizen, guess what? you’re American. And American melting pot has a hell of a lot more colors in it these days. Like it, and apparently quite a few do not, Nina Davuluri is an American citizen and is fully worthy of wearing the crown.
It galls me to no end how immigrants of color “are welcomed” to have anything they want, but -to quote Guns’N’Roses- “you better not take it from me”. Immigrants of color are an asset to the country until they cross that invisible line and achieve -read as “take”- something deemed should be an American -read as “white”- ideal. Then it’s a problem and one of the first thing out of the complainer’s mouth usually is “They’re not from here”. If they would take their respective feet out of their mouth and extrapolate on that theory a bit, they might remember neither are they and the majority of us living here.
And I am sure all those of Native-American heritage justifiably nod their heads in agreement every single time they read something like this.
I find it appalling and yet “same old/same old” that ones spewing the most hatred were mostly Caucasians and the one shocked at that very same hatred are mostly Caucasians. As a minority I live with this on the daily. It’s fucked up, but not in the least surprising. The new Miss America is of Indian descent – it is a huge step forward in diversity. Unfortunately, all those in the Twitterverse who feel otherwise about her win sends us two steps back in maintaining that divisiveness.