In regards to this post on Buzzfeed. Listen, I couldn't give a flying fuck about the Miss America pageant itself, but the fact that racist pigs out there can't seem to wrap their head around the notion that a woman of Indian descent won and thus dismiss her as not being a "real American" is absolutely repugnant. I know this racist bullshit is nothing new, but it's two-thousand-fucking-thirteen. Let's get with modern times. The United States is a land of diversity. Or at least, that's what I've been told since I first moved to America as a five-year-old.
I have several South Asian friends, and many of them are as "American" as it gets. As an American citizen, I'm honestly worn down by the fact that many people in this country see being a true American as fitting a very narrow mold. Why are people so afraid of diversity? I get excited about it! All these backgrounds and cultures...they make the world an interesting place. Oh, and don't even get me started on the terrorist jokes these people are making about Miss New York. Um, just because someone is brown doesn't mean that he/she is Muslim. She's Indian, so she could be Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Christian, Jain, Buddhist, or non-religious!
I know Miss New York has made some disgusting fat-shaming comments, and she's responsible for that. But ugh, I feel for her right now. To have people invalidate your win because you don't "look American" is difficult to deal with when you're specifically in a pageant to represent the diversity of America (or I guess, American beauty?).
And with that, I'm going to bed. I'm exhausted.