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Why An Indian “Miss America” Is Perfect For Today’s America

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Photo courtesy of kens5.com (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

 

Nina Davuluri won the 2014 Miss America Competition. Some people are pissed.

Why? Because her family is from India, that’s why. People have flocked to Twitter to express their outrage. Hundreds of people tweeted comments ranging from calling her a terrorist to saying that a white contestant should have won instead because a white contestant is “more American.”

It seems to me that those who feel Nina Davuluri should not have won have an antiquated view of America. They think America is still a mostly white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant nation, or that it should be. But the America that’s in their heads is not the real America. The real America is made up of all kinds of people, including people like Nina.

If a white woman had won the pageant, that would have been fine, too. But the Miss America pageant, as silly as it is, still strives to represent the best of America. If only white women won, that would only be representing some of the best.

Nina represents today’s America, an America that finds strength in its diversity. Nina says she’s going on to medical school after the pageant and has started a national educational program that promotes diversity and knowledge of different cultures. It sounds like having her around will be a good thing. If the pageant denied her the title of Miss America because it didn’t see her as “American enough,” it would be catering to an antiquated view of an imaginary America that no longer exists, while missing out on an opportunity to have an educated, bright woman bring an interesting cultural background to the table.

We need more people like her in positions of power, people who will be more likely to speak for a multi-cultural populace. Whether she becomes a leader in society or not is hard to tell so soon, but the Miss America title gives women the chance to become leaders. And the leaders we need now are women like Nina, not more people like those already taking up space in Congress.

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CUT AMENDMENT FROM FARM BILL THAT WOULD STARVE FAMILIES Of FORMER FELONS (petition)

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In a modern, industrialized nation such as the U.S., the problems of hunger and mass incarceration shouldn’t exist to the extent that they do. But they do. The American government should be ashamed of itself for allowing both problems to reach epidemic proportions, and should be even more ashamed of the “solutions” offered by its politicians.

One such “solution” is the Vitter Amendment, part of the Farm Bill. Salon.com describes it:

Certain classes of ex-convicts would be denied food stamp benefits for life, under the amendment offered by Sen. David Vitter (cannily, the crime of soliciting prostitutes is exempted from this ban). While the amendment may sound like common sense, it’s actually a harshly punitive, counterproductive policy that will only increase crime and trap people in the criminal justice system.

Of course, if you are a criminal, you should go to prison. But why continue to punish someone after they’ve been released? What good does that do anyone? And why punish their families, too? The families of criminals would also see a reduction in food aid.

The petition that addresses this issue also raises the important point that minorities will be harmed the most by this bill. It is minorities that unfortunately make up a large percentage of the prison population. Could this be yet another way to keep certain groups down? Sounds like it to me.

From CredoMobilize.com:

No matter how much we may disagree with the behavior of people who commit serious crimes, it’s wrong to force them and their families to starve. Please add your signature to this petition and ask your senator to vote to remove the Vitter Amendment from the Farm Bill. It’s wrong for farmers, it’s wrong for families, and it’s wrong for our country.

To sign this petition, go to CredoMobilize.com.