Slam on Miss America

Sound off on crowing of Miss America 2013--and its aftermath!

The internet exploded after Nina Davuluri, an Indian-American, won the 2013 Miss America Crown. An article featured on Buzzfeed, which quickly went viral, highlights a collection of hateful tweets about Davuluri's perceived ethnic and religious identity. Some of these tweeters also expressed their dismay at Miss Davuluri's win so close to 9-11, calling it a "slap in the face." (Davuluri is American-born and none of the tweets above are based on facts about her ethnic identity.)

In her response to the social media aftermath, Davuluri, who ran on a pageant platform titled "celebrate diversity through cultural compentency," issued this statement:

“I have to rise above that,” said Davuluri. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
 
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“I’m so happy [Miss America] has embraced diversity,” she said. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”
 
Now it's your turn to sound off! What do YOU think about the crowning of Miss America and its aftermath? What does this affair tell you about race in the United States?  And, heck, should beauty pageants even exist? Respond below to have your voice heard!
 
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