Archive for October, 2013

October 5, 2013

Why Nina Davuluri Matters

Nina Davuluri

Please see original link in Vancouver Sun. Published October 5th, 2013.


After Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America, the first of Indian descent in the pageant’s history, the news elicited some predictable reactions. The initial surprise was followed by a sense of satisfaction that attitudes were moving in the right direction, but the feel-good mood was soured by a torrent of racist slurs from social media trolls, who referred to the beauty queen as a “foreigner” and even a “terrorist.”

Supporters quickly responded with condemnation of these detractors as “ignorant” and “uneducated,” and bolstered Davuluri’s star status. Reactions to her triumph and, to some extent, the spectacle itself, provide insights into our society — specifically, the evolving role of citizens of Indian descent and of the media.

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