Racists Mad at First Indian American Miss America, Nina Davuluri’s, Non-WASPness

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  • Tim

    On Twitter you will find a diverse array of racist comments on just about any topic possible. On any forum that is open to everyone on a public platform, you will get trolls whose comments will virally rise to the top of the feed due to shock value.

    Now, whether or not these people believe what they are saying doesn’t matter. Their ignorant comments are the ones being talked about. Sad, considering there are many MORE progressive and wonderful comments on the topic from all races supporting the new Miss America.

    The funny thing is when you actually go to twitter and look at some of these bigoted Miss America Tweets instead of just re-purposing a viral buzzfeed, you’ll find the racist comments come from a rainbow of sources. Black, white, latino…everyone.

    You group white people together as WASPs (most of whom are not) and then go on to insinuate that this racism is born from the white population, when in reality, Americans of all races have participated in this social media flurry of shame. <— do you see the irony here? Maybe we can be brought together through our intolerance of each other…most likely not, but it's a thought.

    You've grouped all white people together, labeled them,and made them the object of blame. Now, I understand there are many racist white people who would best serve America in a rocket fired at the sun, but in your enthusiasm to assign blame to one racial group, you are quickly becoming the very thing you write against. A close-minded individual who sees race as what defines a person not as just a part of who they are. I self-identify more strongly by my personality, morals, and intelligence (or lack thereof) far more than by how dark or light I am.

    Time for you to open up your mind as well. Rhetoric such as this piece is harmful to American race relations, and is actually along the lines of an old school of thought. One that I hoped would die out with the Boomer generation…I guess I was a bit too optimistic.

    We should, instead,be focusing on how astonishing it is that we have a 21st century competition where women are judged on their ability to wear a swimsuit.

    • Thanks for your comments Tim.

      I think you may have misunderstood the post. At no point do I assign racism to ALL white people. But, the concerns displayed on those Twitter feeds (highlighted in my post) came from (what seemed like) white Americans. I did review many of their feeds and they self-described as white in many cases. I agree that everyone is bigoted. And, you’ll find on this site that we have highlighted bigotry in black and Latino communities as well. However, these insults shown above seemed to come primarily from one demographic.

      I share your concerns about racial grouping. However, in America, most white people actually ARE WASPs. This is factual. And, in this country, racism is indeed born from whites as racism can only originate from a majority population. Racial animus or bigotry from black, Latinos, Asian Americans, and other groups cannot (by definition) be racism. So, your point there is counterfactual.

      You are free to identify as however you’d like. I personally do derive much of my identity from my race but then again, I come from a dual-minority background and my race greatly contributes to how I am perceived, received, and treated in many social arenas. I don’t think that makes anyone close-minded but it does, in some cases, inform their life outcomes, social groupings, and other facets of their personal lives. How dark or light folks are can make a huge difference in how they see the world and how the world sees them, no?

      A final note, this post in now way says that all whites are racist. That would be absurd. Neither does it set the expectation that folks on Twitter be MENSA members (as I said in the post I was not surprised by the reactions). But, if one reads this post unfiltered, you’ll find that I am actually noting that post-racialism is an unreal concept given that these types of issues still occur no matter the race/s whom originated them.

      I am all for beautiful women in a pageant if that is what they choose to do. For young women, it gives them something extracurricular to do and helps boost their self-esteem. I think Ms. Davuluri is gorgeous and deserves the same respect anyone else does regardless of her vocation, race, creed, color, religion, sexual orientation, or anything else.

      Thanks again:)

  • Joe

    Hi Jenn
    I dont know if twitter or online comments are real representation/measure of how racist we whites are? Maybe they are manybe they arent. I get a feelin they arent. However I do believe polls can exploit it. And there have been polls that have demostrated your point. But I would not get worked up over a thing like Miss America most of us had no idea it was on or still exists. Im not that impressed with the winners looks and think you should have won. God Bless

  • jake smith

    Hi It seemed to me some of these comments were meant to be funny. I have a hard time believeing online tweets really measure racial attitudes. Sorry I can laugh at almost anything. I do believe polls can she racial ignorance and I can find polls to make your point. I personally do not find this lady that pretty. I think you should of won. God Bless