nina davuluri miss america
Apparently being American means being white and having a name everyone's familiar with.It means being comfortable with what you know and who you know. It means being fearful of the unknown. And it means not having dark skin.
The truth is that it's one thing to accept Indian-Americans or brown skin people in professional fields, like medicine, computer science, or finance. But when it come to ideas of beauty and national concepts of beauty, old habits die hard, if at all.
It is a small sorority of women who can call themselves Miss America. It gets even smaller when you consider how many women of color have won. This week, the sisterhood of Asian Miss Americas has grown to two.
Racist backlash against Davuluri is just one thread in the tapestry of marginalization women of color face, as their real experiences and perspectives are often rendered invisible in exchange for one-dimensional, dehumanizing representations in the media.
Amidst the celebrations (and the wholly unnecessary controversies) about the crowning of Nina Davuluri as Miss America, we should not forget that events like beauty contests and talent shows often function as an informal mirror to the voices of the people in a democratic culture.
Nina Davuluri, Miss New York, was crowned the new Miss America on Sunday in Atlantic City. She is the first Miss America of Indian descent, after wooing the judges with a Bollywood fusion dance. Why are some finding this controversial?
Rev. Paul Raushenbush, HuffPost Senior Religion Editor, talks with Ahmed about what it means for an American woman of Indian descent to take the Miss America title.
Twitter erupted in a flurry of indignation as Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was crowned as this year's Miss America, with
Many of us, and this is a trap I often fall into, are desperate to put ignorant comments on blast in order to feel a sort of moral superiority. Doing so never actually makes us feel better, but rather just fills us with an anger that we secretly probably love because it reaffirms our own beliefs.
Nina Davuluri, Miss New York, was crowned the new Miss America on Sunday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey.