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Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America on Sunday and a racist firestorm ensued on Twitter. Nina is a beautiful 24-year-old Indian-American and she promises to rise above the criticism.
I was disgusted when reading some of the tweets fired off by countless ignorant people although sadly, I am no longer surprised. We frequently see examples of clueless people sounding off on the world's largest bathroom stall - Twitter.
It's truly a sad commentary on our 'modern' society.
If you don't have a Twitter account or you haven't read the tweets, here is a sample:
@Granvil_Colt - 'And the Arab wins Miss America. Classic.'
@jakeamick5 - ' How the F$#* does a foreigner win Miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots
@JAyres15 - 'I swear I'm not racist but this is America.'
It gets worse. In addition to being racist, these tweeters need to take a basic geography class -
@wnfraser - @ABC2020 nice slap in the face to the people of 9-11 how pathetic #missamerica
@anthonytkr - #MissAmerica ummm wtf? Have we forgotten 9/11?
@SHANN__Wow - Miss America right now or miss Al Qaeda?
If Nina was an Arab-American would she be unworthy of winning the crown? Since when did India become a country in the Middle East?
This is a glaring example of ignorant people using a loaded gun called Twitter.
The positive spin on this story is the fact that Nina was flooded with tweets of support and the racist tweeters were pulled into the limelight to face the music since their twitter handles were published.