In a rather good sign of the times, Twitter last night was the source of America’s latest “oh my God, an American who isn’t white!” outburst, but at the same time, Twitter was also the scene were scores of Americans defended the newest Miss America, Indian-American Nina Davuluri, who was born in Syracuse, NY.
As Raw Story reports, Davuluri was on the receiving end of a number of racist tweets last night after winning the Miss America competition. Davuluri is the first Indian-American (meaning India – not native American) to win the Miss America competition.
The episode brings back memories of the collective freak-out on Twitter when adorable child-star, and US-born, Sebastien De La Cruz had the audacity to sing the national anthem while Mexican.
Or when Puerto Rican -American singer Marc Anthony got similar blowback for performing at a major league baseball game (some apparently didn’t realize that Puerto Rico is a part of the United States.)
AP had a few other brilliantly ignorant tweets:
If you’re #Miss America you should have to be American,” said one on Twitter.
“WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!” asked another.
Yes, when will a white woman ever win Miss America? Oh I know when white woman will win:
White Miss Americans are about as oppressed as Christians in this country.
I also found a few nasty tweets myself online:
Then there was this person, who was trying to be helpful, I think, but not so much:
Right, because Americans aren’t familiar with the concept of hyphenating people based on their ethnicity.
Now, first off, as a few folks noted, it’s at least somewhat ironic that people are worried about racism rearing its ugly head during our annual ritual objectifying women.
And the good news is that this time at least, there was a virtual avalanche of anti-racist, and pro-Davuluri, tweets on Twitter over the past day, which is nice to see, especially considering how negative folks can be online sometimes Here are a few:
And this one was at least trying to be helpful (a number of people seemed to think Davuluri was native American (Indian) rather than India-the-country Indian:
And considering this is a beauty pageant, this comment appeared to perhaps be the best response to all the jerks out there:
That she is.
PS The Onion has now weighed in as well :)