1. Colton Evans, you might want to buy an Atlas. Nina Davuluri is of Indian descendant, not Egyptian. Furthermore, her parents are Telagu and of Hindu faith, not Islamic.
2. What's wrong with being a Muslim anyways? Not every Muslim is a supporter of Al-Qaeda and was involved in 9-11.
3. If "this is America" and no one other than "Americans" should have the right to win the competition, then the only ones who should be worthy of the crown are the indigenous people: the Native Americans. Jessica Ayres, if you swear you're not racist, I swear that you'll win the next Miss America.
Nina Davaluri graduated from the prestigious University of Michigan, winning several scholastic honors including the Dean's List, Michigan Merit Award, and National Honors Society Award. During the competition, she openly embraced her culture, choosing to perform a Bollywood dance instead of showcasing her other talents that would probably have received less criticism. When Selena Gomez culturally appropriated the bindi, a Hindu religious ornament that can be seen as sacred, her song reached the top of the Billboard. But when an Indian-American woman expresses her heritage through dance, she is deemed as "not American enough."
I understand that the area in which we live in makes it easy to forget that bigotry still exists but evidently there are still people who do not accept diversity in America. In my opinion, Nina Davaluri wholeheartedly deserved the crown and has become an icon for all young Asian-Americans who struggle to find the middle ground between their cultural roots and American identity. To quote a friend of mine who is Indian and expressed her thoughts about the criticism, "everyone needs to sit the f*** down and get used to the fact that whoa!!! There are beautiful and intelligent women of all races!" The question is, as Asian-Americans, are we forever bound to the hyphen?
Article by Kaitlyn Cheung