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Miss America has been a time-honored tradition since it was first introduced over 90 years ago.
In its long history, the majority of its winners have been white. True, there were its differences, such as ones who were deaf, one who was diabetic and of course its first black winner, Vanessa Williams, who sadly was forced to remove her crown in the face of controversy, only to have a successful entertainment career.
Most Miss Americans seem to not make it in show business; other than Williams, there was I've Got a Secret panelist Bess Myerson, Batman star Lee Meriwether, Diff'rent Strokes star Mary Ann Mobley, sportscaster Phyllis George, Fox and Friends anchor Gretchen Carlson and 700 Club co-host Terry Meeuwsen (and all the people I just mentioned are all still alive).
But on Sunday, there was another first: 24-year-old Miss New York, Nina Davuluri became the first Indian American to win the pageant. She impressed the judges with her Bollywood fusion dance and her commitment to help clean up the remains of the horrific fire at New Jersey's boardwalk last week. But despite her good will and spirit, she was outcast on Twitter, Facebook and other social sites.
Many criticized the Miss America organization for allowing an Arab to win the crown on Sunday, even though she's Indian and not Arabic. Some say it was a slap in the face, especially since this was days after the 12th Anniversary of 9/11.
But all truth be told, Nina isn't Arabic. Yes, she's Indian, but guess who she also is: AN AMERICAN. Although she appreciates her Indian roots, she was born here in America in 1989, albeit to Indian parents. That does not make her 1) Arab, 2) Muslim or 3) A TERRORIST.
Nina is just like you and me, folks. She won fair and square. Let's remember something: our ancestors weren't from here, either. The Native Americans were pissed that us white folks came here and took their land. This country belongs to them, and they should be proud that thanks to reparations, they have casinos on their own land to thumb their noses at the people who took their land away from them. If our ancestors enjoyed moving here, so can Nina's parents. After all, her father became an OB-GYN, which provided a good living for them.
But sadly, some people are still living life like it's the 1850's.
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