New Miss America Faces Harsh Racism

Nina Davuluri, Miss New York and the latest Miss America, is of Indian descent and met fierce racism after her crowning last night.

By Von Diaz Sep 16, 2013

What could have been a celebration of a historic moment turned into an opportunity for many people to express racist attitudes. Nina Davuluri became the first ever Miss America of Indian descent, and it sparked a flurry of activity online. Davuluri, who is Miss New York and an aspiring physician, became the subject of fierce racist and xenophobic comments, much of which stemmed from people thinking she is Arab. 

Davuluri has brushed off the comments, saying she will rise about them, and is proud to have won. 

(h/t BuzzFeed)