Nice to see Twitter rally for 1st Indian-American Miss America after racist critics

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.)

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri (courtesy of Miss America)

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri (courtesy of Miss America)

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:

2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2000, and most everyone else before that all the way back to 1921.

White Miss Americans are about as oppressed as Christians in this country.

I also found a few nasty tweets myself online:

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Then there was this person, who was trying to be helpful, I think, but not so much:

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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.

judging-womenTouché.

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:

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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:

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And considering this is a beauty pageant, this comment appeared to perhaps be the best response to all the jerks out there:

babe

That she is.

PS The Onion has now weighed in as well :)


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  • Phil

    don’t forget to include on that list: Native-American
    …lol…

  • http://www.facebook.com/carmen.johnson.5891 Carmen Johnson

    thanks

  • Ramesh

    What all these racist remarks really mean is New Miss America is not American born Caucasian which if you are not then you are either Indian-American or African-American or Chinese-American or Mexican-American and the list goes on….

  • ak stevens

    last time i checked, India is full of Hindus, and they are considere to be infidels by Muslims (espeicailly Pakistanis) and Arabs and Persians. They have been terrorized by Muslim terrorist just like America–check out the Mumbai massacre. They are democratic and secular and have high favorability to Americans. They stand by us all the time on the war on terror. I’ll take Indians over all those other muslim and Arab nations any day of the week..

  • David Roberson

    What ethnicity Miss America happens to be does not concern me.
    I do find it hypocritical that all the “tolerant” liberal types that are commenting here seem to have no problem with racial slurs, political slurs, and religious slurs against everyone they think is responsible for the intolerable tweets that were put out.
    You find it easy to point fingers, but I bet you have a hard time looking in the mirror of your soul at your own prejudices.

  • mrchief2004

    Ms. America is Indian!

    This video says it all: http://youtu.be/8oOKBrJdER0

  • blinblinsa2k

    I’m black and I find indian American the most peaceful ethnic group. The worst violation they generally get is a traffic ticket. Whites on the other hand have all sorts of crazies.

  • blinblinsa2k

    Most of the mass shooters are white. I don’t trust guns with whites. Oh and by the way I don’t trust my kids with white males either.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    That soft, dusky skin is so beautiful—- a lovely woman in a body contest. —-reminds me of that Oscar Wilde quip: “The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable.”

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    But, but white trash Barbies with a meth habit, missing teeth and home-made beer tab bikinis can dream can’t they?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yep, Yahoo is moron and troll heaven. Now we know where they go after NASCAR and the Cheetos are gone.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Well one – yest he fact that people are upset about who the winner is; I mean it’s a beauty pageant so it’s all so shallow. Which is fine – we are allowed to enjoy shallow things in life, but then to get irate and racist over a winner? I mean, come on.But then yes – how is there any honor in Miss America – for Americans?

  • rmthunter

    The teabaggers are the latest manifestation of an element that’s always been with us: the “conservative” element (read “reactionary”) who can’t deal with change. They spend most of their time hiding under rocks and waiting for an opportunity to make their voices heard — usually at the behest of someone who is vastly smarter and who can use them to further his own agenda — Reagan with the “Christian” right, the Kochs and Karl Rove with the teabaggers are only two of the latest examples.

    It seems that element will always be with us. The frightening thing now is that they’ve managed to accumulate the power they have. Another case of the tail wagging the dog. I hope the Republican partly implodes before they manage to destroy the rest of us.

  • rmthunter

    The Miss America pageant is one of those iconic “American” things that might have made some sort of sense once upon a time but have become such institutions that the whys don’t matter any more. They just are. I’m not sure that it has anything to do with a “sense of national honor” (except for the mouth-breathers who have a warped idea of what this nation is about anyway). It does have a lot to do with a sense of national identity, I think, which is why the reaction from the racist fringe has been so vocal — you can’t be “American” if you’re not just like them, which leaves the rest of us — who do have a more realistic sense of what America means — scratching our heads and wondering where these idiots came from. (And heaving a sigh of relief that we’re not just like them.)

  • benb

    Oh, I’m so for watching the most beautiful women parade themselves on TV. Yeah…they got lucky in the DNA lottery but…stilll…I’m so wired to appreciate ‘em.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Damn, this amazes me in two ways.

    First that we’re parading women out in front of a crowd and having people judge them as being “best”. I find that disturbing.

    The other thing that amazes me is how stupid and intolerant we appear to be as a country. Look at the comments on places like Yahoo when there’s a story about politics, race, ethnicity or sexuality. That’s when all of the trolls and people who are just plain…. assholes… pop out of the woodwork.

    Is this just the Internet amplifying stupidity so that it is outsized when compared to the sane people out there? If so, I think we made computers too easy for the bigots and stupidos to operate.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    No, I’m probably with you: There were warning signs, but I believe 11 September 2001 is the day America’s democracy died.

    It not ‘dead,’ then certainly in a very deep and possibly fatal coma.

    The fact we went to war with a country that had nothing to do with it and engaged in torture — as well as what you mentioned, the dispensing with any pretense of rule-of-law or due process — only confirmed it.

  • Hue-Man

    If only ignorance were limited to Teabangelicals. Your government is as ignorant but has the power to destroy people’s lives in what can best be described as “Breathing while Brown”: “In the days, weeks, and months following September 11, federal agents rounded up hundreds, if not thousands of Arab, Muslim and South Asian men, holding many for weeks without charges, in solitary confinement, and treating them as direct suspects of the September 11 attacks. The round-ups and detentions were based principally, or solely on religion, ethnicity or national origin. All of the detainees were eventually cleared of terrorism charges, yet the average detainee was held for 80 days, often on minor civil violations of immigration laws, such as not filing a change of address within 10 days of a move.

    Initially many of the September 11 detainees were held under a communications blackout, and prohibited from receiving telephone calls, visitors, or mail. Family members of the September 11 detainees in many instances did not find out what happened to their relatives until weeks following the detentions. They describe their family members as having
    disappeared. The communications blackouts ranged from several days to several weeks.” http://www.nyclu.org/content/impact-of-antiterrorism-initiatives-immigrant-communities

    (It makes for uncomfortable reading but I firmly believe that governments show their true colors when they are under the most pressure. It’s easy to be angelic when there are no threats.)

    Lack of any cultural awareness is exemplified by the continuing attacks on Sikh men solely because they wear turbans. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism_in_the_United_States#After_the_September_11.2C_2001_attacks

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ zorbear

    Our society: it’s a Maroon Production…

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    But John, the Mz America pageants stimulate small business—-especially podiatrists and waxing salons.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    YOu mean upset about who wins Miss America? Yeah, I had noted that first, then deleted it. But yes, an even larger problem is that anyone seriously cares, as a sense of national honor, who wins Miss America.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Really? I wasn’t so sure.

  • Indigo

    On the plus side, White Trash nationwide is (are?) learning how to use contemporary technology. The “Morans” are always with us.

  • rich1103

    The bigots are out and racisum is alive and well. It is so disgusting. Well wait till the Spanish take over as their number grow.

  • Felonia

    I fully assume that “WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!” was facetious. It just seems reeeeally obvious. But yeah, I can nothing in defense of the others.

  • Jimmy

    When someone is stupid enough to tweet “WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!” you know he or she is a complete and utter moron.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Once someone develops the habit of prejudicial stereotyping, there’s no appealing to reason or logic.

  • cole3244

    why am i happy today, because the bigots are not.

  • Monoceros Forth

    My mate showed me some of the crazed tweets yesterday. I just…ugh, how do you even respond to shit like that? I think what boggled me most was the sheer number of right-wing tweets that explicitly called Ms. Davuluri a terrorist. Not just un-American, not even just a dirty furriner, but a terrorist. Cos she’s brown, and all brown people are terrorists. Or something. I guess.

  • fletcher

    They don’t call them White Trash for nothing! It’s the same old story of jealousy that somehow somebody different from them earned something they are too unqualified and untalented to achieve.
    By the way… they still have a Miss America Pageant? I thought that disappeared into irrelevancy years ago.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    I’m not sure why women in 2013 have to parade around in bikinis and high heels in order to win scholarships, but that’s another topic.

    What is not surprising (appalling, but not unexpected) is that racists are so completely ignorant of wold geography and cultures. People form India are not Arabs and I can’t think of any Indian-American terrorists. And even if such a thing existed, there would be no evidence that this young woman was planning to engage in any such activity. She is obviously very beautiful and seems to be handling this with class. I suspect that most of the haters would be able to handle a fraction of the hate that has come her way. If she conducted herself with that kind of poise for the entire week of competing, it’s no wonder why the judges picked her to win.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    While it’s embarrassing to see some of my fellow Americans behaving like such complete assholes — cementing once again in the world’s eyes the notion that we’re a profoundly awful people — it’s also laugh-out-loud hilarious to see how once again racism and abject ignorance go hand-in-hand.

    I mean, it’s not just bigoted swill from the mouth-breather crowd, but stunningly “bag-of-hammers” stupid pronouncements and uninformed yawpish outrage as well.

    Yet another outcome of the Tea Bagger Era… Bigoted morons having no sense of decency or shame in how obviously ignorant they are.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    I’m not sure why anyone would be upset about this in the first place. Where am I living?

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