The Miss America contest became relevant again on Sunday with the selection of Nina Davuluri, a smart, outspoken 24 year-old and the pageant's first winner of Indian decent-until Internet thugs tried to blast it back to the Stone Age.
Within moments of Davuluri being crowned the pageant's winner, racist comments flooded Twitter and revealed an ugly, ignorant streak that apparently is still a part of our national psyche.
If you're #Miss America you should have to be American," said one person on Twitter.
"WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!" asked another.
Some associated her with the terrorist bombings of 9/11:
"9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?" asked one.
Another commented, "More like Miss Terrorist #MissAmerica."
What's ironic-and distressing-about the vile comments on our new Miss America, is that Davuluri epitomizes the American dream. She was born in Syracuse, New York to immigrant parents and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree inRead More »from Miss America Responds to Racism, Makes Pageant Cool Again