Last week, Nina Davuluri, an Indian-American, was crowned Miss America 2014. Hailing as Miss New York, she became the first Indian Miss America. She is the second Miss America to be of Asian descent, the first being Angela Baraquio—a Filipino-American from Hawaii.
As the demographics of the United States changes, it’s definitely not surprising to see more ethnicities being represented in different parts of American culture. The most noticeable is that we have our first African-American president in the White House. And one of the reasons he won was the changing demographics of the United States—there are more “minorities” in the United States now than in the past.
It didn’t take very long for racist, bigoted people to rear their ugly heads and say all sorts of nasty things. Am I surprised? No. But that doesn’t make it right. Here are some screenshots of what some frustratingly stupid and ignorant people tweeted:
Anyone from a foreign country who wants to be American should have the opportunity to become one. Anyone born in the United States or to an American parent (whether inside or outside) is a natural-born citizen, regardless of their ethnicity. Put simply, America is not just for white people.
“I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.” Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014
I find it so depressing—so appalling—that there are people in this country who consider any non-white person as a “foreigner,” even if that non-white person considers himself or herself American. I’m personally offended that there are so many people out there who would find me “not American enough” because I’m colored. I’m sick of the racism here in America. This is a nation of immigrants yet people don’t remember that.
What really strikes me in the Miss America case was that so many ignorant people talked about her being Arab and/or Muslim and then made 9/11 references. And then there were people who said she was Indonesian, or that her “Egypt dancing” is not American. Um, actually, it was a Bollywood-fusion dance, and embracing and sharing her heritage is completely American!
The racism in America feels like it’s getting worse. Our xenophobic citizens are painting a horrible image in the eyes of everyone else. So many Americans are afraid of everyone with brown skin. As a brown person, I can assure you I’m not that scary…
It seems like racism is around at every corner. Remember Paula Deen? Food Network cancelled her show and for a good reason. It came out that she used racial slurs and discriminated against her employees—including calling one of her employees “my little monkey.” Since when is that acceptable?!
Then there are the people who claim Barack Obama is a “Muslim.” I have two words for you: WHO CARES? Even if President Obama was Muslim, that doesn’t make him unfit to be president. The only thing you’ve accomplished is show a huge case of Islamophobia and a ton of ignorance. We live in the year 2013. To be such a hateful person should be illegal!
Back when I first became a dual citizen, my dad told me not to tell anyone because I may be viewed as “unpatriotic.” For a little bit, I tried to hide my joy and elation at holding citizenship to my birth country. But then I realized, who cares what anyone else thinks? I know I’m an American, and no ignorant person can tell me otherwise. I proudly consider myself a citizen of both the United States and the Philippines—I hold a US passport and I just applied for my Filipino one.
If you’re one of those people who believe Miss America (or anyone “foreign”) is not American… if you were one of the racist bigots who posted about how Miss America isn’t American… if you believe that only white people can be American, GET OUT. Leave this blog NOW and STAY OUT. I want you out of this country FOREVER. You don’t deserve to be an American.
People who tweeted racist comments have to be seriously stupid, gutsy, or both. Anything you tweet is on the public record. Anything you put out there can be saved and displayed forever. So many of the people above have deleted their Twitter accounts, but guess what? I can still display their tweets to their world, along with their names.
We need to make it clear that racism should not be tolerated. Anyone and everyone who made the decision to show their racism to the world should be FIRED from their jobs or EXPELLED from their universities (or high schools). No questions asked, no second chances. Read my lips:
RACISM IS NOT OKAY!
Share your thoughts in the comments—about the Miss America racist tweets or racism in general. I’m interested to hear everyone else’s thoughts on this issue.