As could have been predicted from the moment she won the crown, Miss America has had to endure plenty of racist and misinformed comments on social media accusing her of “not being American” or asking “is she even American?” These comments reveal the astounding level of ignorance that permeates the brains of many members of the American public.
It looks as if there are thousands or perhaps millions of people who need a tutorial on what makes someone an American citizen. This seems as though it would be elementary knowledge, but according to the vast number of people questioning Miss America’s nationality, it become clear that many people don’t know this grade-school level information, so here it is:
-Someone is an American if they were born in America.
-Someone is an American if they were born somewhere else but became an American citizen through taking the proper steps and going through the proper channels to become an American.
Is it complicated? Apparently so, because ignorant people have flocked to Twitter and Facebook to call Ms. Davuluri an “Arab,” (she’s of Indian descent) a “foreigner,” (she’s not), “a terrorist” (that’s ridiculous), “not even American,” (she most certainly is), and a variety of horrible racial put-downs.
Miss America Nina Davuluri was born in New York, making her as American as can be. If you’re having trouble grasping this, please refer to the first bullet point above: Someone is American if they were born in America.
Furthermore, America is not a homogeneous land where everyone is of the same heritage. Please view the video below to reacquaint yourself with the basic concepts of how the United States was founded and how it grew to be the multi-cultural nation is it today.
It seems that grammar-school methods of teaching must be employed when trying to educate the plethora of imbiciles who insist that Ms. Davuluri is not American. Ms. Davuluri is a beautiful, talented, charming and lovely all-American girl who has struggled with American problems, including an eating disorder which she just recently revealed. She graduated on the Dean’s List from The University of Michigan with a degree in brain behavior and cognitive science. She has won numerous academic awards. She is a gifted dancer, a brilliant scholar and she is our gorgeous all-American Miss America.
This calls into question exactly why people feel the need to disparage those who are not exactly like themselves. It is because they are just very dumb, or is there another reason such as perhaps they have never seen a person who doesn’t look like them before and they have no concept that America is a melting pot of different races, backgrounds and religions? It seems so simplistic to people who understand the basic rules that make someone an American, so why is it so very complicated to the racist Tweeters?
Amazingly, Miss America Nina Davuluri has shown immense grace and loving kindness toward to people who have made it their business to attack her for no reason. Of the manufactured “controversy” she says, charmingly, “I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
These words of wisdom, fortitude, determination, brains and level-headedness from our decidedly American Miss America are a shining example of what America is all about.
By: Rebecca Savastio