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New Miss America’s Indian heritage causes racial debate

In the famous words of Rodney King, “Can’t we just all get along?”, not quite. Social media was on fire after Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America for 2014. What’s all the excitement about might you ask? Obviously, the fact that Nina Davuluri is Miss New York, New York won the crown last year, so that would have to be it, right? WRONG!

A lot of the tweets were attacks on the fact that she is the first woman of Indian descent to win the pageant and wear the crown.She was referred to as “the Arab,” by some and other commenters noted “This is America, not India.” One called her “Miss 7-11.”There were those who huffed about it being inappropriately close to 9/11. Some mentioned ties to al-Qaeda and at least one flat-out called her a terrorist. When asked about the hateful remarks, according to the AP, she said, “I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”

Miss New York Nina Davuluri performs a traditional Indian dance during the 2014 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City.

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Author:Tamisha Monet

Fashion Editor (iStyleFashionBeauty.com) Tamisha Monet calls Oakland home as a Bay Area native but resides in Houston. She's a staff writer for The Rouge Collection magazine, in their Beauty and Style department. She is the art contributor for the West Coast division of F.A.M.E. The Experience magazine. In the blogosphere, she’s worked with Vogue, Lexus, True Religion and more. She works as a Business Life Coach for various fashion and beauty start-ups through her company iStyle Fashion and Beauty Society.

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3 Comments on “New Miss America’s Indian heritage causes racial debate”

  1. September 16, 2013 at 10:45 PM #

    Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique.

  2. September 16, 2013 at 11:17 PM #

    That is so hurtful ! People are crazy …. she’s beautiful!

  3. September 17, 2013 at 8:54 AM #

    She is gorgeous. I know it’s very hurtful. People like to sweep it under the rug but racial matters still play a prevalent part of our lives here in America.

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