The Miss America debate
Well, I can’t blog today without mentioning this debate engulfing America.
So, the The Miss America pageant broke new ground this year by crowning Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, the first contestant of Indian descent to win the top prize. Unfortunately, in the time of social media, the racial trolls crawled out from under their Internetland bridges in droves to protest.
A few just sighed and wondered why the winner wasn’t Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail. Miss Kansas won fans early on because of her military background, and for being the first Miss America contestant to bare her tattoos. Amazing. (I’m being sarcastic about the tattoos.)
A supporter of Nina stated about the tattooed Miss Kansas: ‘While I like her ink and thank her for her service in the National Guard, there is nothing about any of those three things that should automatically qualify her as Miss America.’ Totally.
By winning the title of Miss America, Nina has demonstrated that Americans come in all varieties. After all, in a competition that included one contestant rocking a knee-brace (Miss Florida) and the first ever contestant with the tattoos in the form of Miss Kansas, this year’s batch of beauty queens was pretty diverse, all said and done.
Thankfully, the lovely Nina says she has “to rise above” negative comments by these trolls, who have called her a “terrorist” and linking her to “7-11” and “9/11.” One even stated ‘This is America, not India’ and ‘9/11 was four days ago an she gets Miss America?’ Honestly, what has 9/11 got to do with it? Because she has dark skin she’s somehow connected to what happened on that day? What kind of absurd troll logic is that?
What decade is this I wonder? Are we taking 10 steps back? I hope not. Is racism really so rife? Sadly, it appears so.
Today in Washington
Today’s shooting in DC. Another one, surely not – that was my first thought. Where? Is everyone safe? Sadly they weren’t. A terrible day, a terrible tragedy.
Guns, guns, guns – when will I understand you?
It reminded me that I’m going to a shooting range with the police this week and I have so many questions about guns, their place in American society and what it’s like to be armed.
I hope I am able to share some answers with you. Sleep safe, DC.
FWIW; the shooter was in the area of the country with the absolutely most restrictive gun laws in the nation. They have a de facto ban on handguns. Further, he was inside a naval base which has even more checkpoints and controls. He was able to shoot people with his illegal gun and then take a gun (according to reports) from the weapons in the base armory and shoot another 10 people or so. Criminals do not obey gun laws. Full stop.