Who is American? Thoughts on the Miss America Pageant

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Black Women Unchecked

By Radha Jhatakia

It has been a week since the first ever Indian American woman was crowned Miss America. It has been a week since fellow Americans spoke harsh words against not only the Indian American community but also people of Middle Eastern origin. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Nina Davuluri an American born Indian woman won the Miss America pageant and was instantly victim of malicious tweets and comments on social media. During the past week hundreds if not thousands of people spoke out against the ignorance that plagues this nation, well, this is my piece.

After having a week to collect my thoughts on the issue, in my most calm manner, this is what I would like to say. If you know me, then you know this: I’ve done everything possible to disassociate myself with Indian culture. I’ve avoided speaking the…

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