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The New Miss USA is More Than Just a Pretty Face

The new Miss USA if from Washington, DC. A stunningly beautiful woman, she showed the audience that there is a lot more to her than just what is needed to fill out a bathing suit.

Deshauna Barber, the new Miss USA, works for the Department of Commerce and is a Captain in the Army and commander of the 988th Quartermaster Detachment at Fort Meade in Maryland.

But when it came to the Q&A portion of the contest, Barber –

“As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate into every branch of the military. We are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I am powerful, I am dedicated…”

 

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Posted by on June 6, 2016 in Women

 

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Indian Response to Criticism of Miss America

Ow!

Her real name is Lilly Singh, her Youtube name is !!Superwoman!!, and she hosts a Youtube page here. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr…

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2013 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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The New Miss America…And Predictable Racism

Go to any conservative network publication and read the comments when the subject of race comes up…

And you will invariably see a bunch of racism. Some sites like the Old Free Republic site were literal sewers of white racists spewing forth all kinds of vitriol and hate.

white Supremacist organization regularly troll such sites, because it is a rich target area for new recruits.

And it really doesn’t matter whether the site is Brietbart or the Wall Street Journal. Not being “PC” has long been an excuse to tolerate and support racism and racist talk.

Freed from the blowback from others in normal face to face social commerce, the hidden bigots feel free, and invincible to consequence on the Internet.

Obviously anyone claiming that racism is no longer a problem in America…doesn’t own a computer.

The most recent occasion for the race baiters to come out was the Miss America contest where an Indian-American, Nina Davuluri won the contest.

Nina is a knockout by any non-conservative heterosexual male’s standards (except maybe you guys who like them extra “plump” women)…

Miss America: Why Racism Thrives Online

Some things evolve and some things don’t. Such is the case with this weekend’s wins of Nina Davuluri and Floyd Mayweather and the tsunami of racism that overtook Twitter in response.

Ladies first. Nina Davuluri is the second consecutive New Yorker to be crowned Miss America and the first Indian-American to win the title. Though Davuluri’s platform was “Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency,” like all of us she is more than the sum of her racial and ethnic identities.

According to CNN, “the 24-year-old Fayetteville, New York, native was on the dean’s list and earned the Michigan Merit Award and National Honor Society nods while studying at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a degree in brain behavior and cognitive science.” Her goal is to become a physician. Davuluri plans to invest her time as Miss America working with the U.S. Department of Education as an advocate for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These are fields where women, regardless of racial or ethnic background, are sorely underrepresented.

Davuluri’s feel-good story took a racist turn in the Twitterverse, where some were outraged by the fact that 2014’s Miss America isn’t white. As in 2010, when the Lebanese-American beauty queen Rima Fakih was crowned Miss USA, racism was expressed not just explicitly in the form of tweets, but also in the level of ignorance those tweets exposed. For example, Jezebel reports that some tweeps seemed confused over whether the new Miss America was Indian-American, Arab, Muslim or Latina. They could all agree, however, that she didn’t deserve the title based on whom they thought she was.

Something similar happened to African-American boxer Floyd Mayweather after he won Saturday night’s fight against Mexican fighter Canelo Alvarez. Mayweather first caused a stir on Twitter when he entered the ring alongside Lil’ Wayne and Justin Bieber. Many wondered whether Mayweather and his team accessorized with the stars because of their social media reach into different racial communities. But that meme was nothing compared with the outpouring of racist epithets tweeps typed in response to Mayweather’s amazing win. According to a report from Latino Rebels, online bigots concluded that Mayweather didn’t win because of his talent, skill and training. Rather, he won because he is black and that’s definitely not a characteristic to be praised, from a racist point of view.

Although reports are right to highlight and challenge these expressions of online racism, particularly in this weekend’s cases, the tone of surprise is a bit misleading.  Ebony’s Jamilah Lemieux had said it seems as if “the Internet just met the Internet” in recent weeks and that by now we shouldn’t be shocked by online racism. Lemieux is right. Online racism is entirely consistent with offline racism and demographic shifts.

For instance, the number of U.S. hate groups has more than doubled in the last 10 years, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, up to 1,007 active hate groups in the United States in 2012. Deborah Lauter, civil rights director for the Anti-Defamation League, has said that thousands of hate websites are live, “more than we can possibly keep track of.” Survey research indicates that the rise in active hate groups is correlated with census projections stating that white people will no longer be the U.S. racial majority by 2042. The hate surges online when achievements by people of color are noted and interpreted as taking away something to which a white person “should be” entitled. So people like Davuluri and Mayweather become targets because they represent demographic change and new opportunities for people of color, while challenging stereotypes about who Americans are and what they can achieve.

Racist ignorance in virtual spaces may often be misspelled and factually incorrect, but it should be taken seriously because its effects on the recipient can be powerful. According to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health by Dr. Brendesha Tynes, a professor of Education at USC, of 264 Midwestern high school students, approximately 20 percent of whites, 29 percent of blacks and 42 percent of “other” or multiple races reported being personally subjected to racial epithets or other discrimination online. These young people were more likely to become depressed, anxious and, possibly, less successful academically. What’s more is the effect on race talk in general. The danger of online racism is that people seem to get away with it and public disapproval in the form of reports like this one do not appear to have the same effect in lessening racist speech as disapproval does in face-to-face encounters. For evidence of this, check out the many YouTube testimonials from online gamers via the Gambit Hate Speech Project by MIT-Singapore Game Lab.

The Internet we have is not the safe space it was promised to be. But the good news is that we can do something about it. As digital citizens we can make the Internet safer. We can engage in self-reflection and deal with criticism from others in a way that makes real race talk possible. That’s means fighting racism with truth about who we are and how the world is really changing. After all, racism 2.0 is not a foregone conclusion. We, the people, have made it seem that way. And we have the power to make it different.

As to the tattooed Miss Kansas, who lost – Miss America is about beauty and to a lesser extent class, talent, and intelligence…

Not about looking trashy by screwing up that beauty covering yourself in ink.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Domestic terrorism, The New Jim Crow

 

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Miss America – A Virginia Gal!

The new Miss America hails from Virginia, guys. Eat your hearts out!

Caressa Cameron, a Fredericksburg native, currently enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond took the title last night –

Miss America - Caressa Cameron

Caressa Cameron, formerly Miss Virginia, wins Miss America 2010 title

A 22-year-old woman who represented Virginia was named the winner Saturday night in the 2010 Miss America pageant.

At the competition, held in Las Vegas, Caressa Cameron of Fredericksburg, a Virginia Commonwealth University communications major, won one of the oldest and most celebrated titles in American popular culture.

“Take away the TV, take away the video games, set some standards for our children!” she answered unhesitatingly in the interview portion of the contest, in which she was asked what to do about the epidemic of childhood obesity.

As winner of the pageant, which is in its 88th year, she is to receive a $50,000 scholarship.

Her talent was listed as singing, (vocal pop) and Saturday night she sang the “Dreamgirls” ballad “Listen.” Her platform was listed as AIDS education.

She went to Massaponax High School before VCU, and has been a dean’s list student. Her career ambition is to work as an anchor for a television news station, according to the site.

Jen Corey, 22, Miss D.C., was in the top 10. Cameron follows two other winners from Virginia, Nicole Johnson in 1999 and Kylene Barker in 1979.

And uhhhh… For the guys out there – Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2010 in News

 

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A Little Oxycontin for Miss Silicone

Fresh from purchasing a augmented set of boobs for dethroned Miss California Carrie Prejean, it seems the pain of beauty has become such a burden…

They’ve had to hire a drug specialist.

Limbaugh to judge 2010 Miss America Pageant

The Miss America Organization says Rush Limbaugh will be a judge for the 2010 pageant in Las Vegas.

It will be held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Jan. 30, broadcast live on TLC.

Limbaugh will be on the panel of seven judges that will help decide who will be crowned Miss America 2010.

The Miss America Organization said Friday when making the announcement that Limbaugh’s radio program is in its 22nd year and is on nearly 600 radio stations with an audience of 20 million.

President and CEO Art McMaster says the Miss America Organization is thrilled to have Limbaugh as a judge.

Yeah, I can see it now – right after announcing Miss Silicone…

Drugbo will be giving the award to Miss Congeniality based on his background in being politic.

Just when you thought they couldn’t go any lower.

In any case, it would appear with this decision – black contestants need not apply.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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