Graceful in the Face of Scrutiny

For the second year in a row Miss America hails from the state of New York. A young woman by the name of Nina Davuluri who is studying to be a cardiologist as most of her family are in the medical profession. Winning the pageant scholarship money puts her further down that path.

Miss America 2014 is of Indian descent, but was born in Syracuse, New York. Int he face of hatred she has been graceful and positive.

There has been an outcry about her being not American enough, but there has been an equal, if not more so, response to that outcry. In reading the news, I found that “it took about an hour for the rest of the Twittersphere to drown out the bigots.” while there were people slinging about mud about our new Miss America, there were also those standing up for her and “applauding the choice” of Nina Davuluri for the position and scholarship. Some of the naysayers were saying that an American should have been chosen. It makes me wonder if any of them have ever looked up criteria to even enter as a contestant. When I looked it up after seeing some of the comments I found that you have to be a citizen of the United States in order to even be accepted as a contestant.

This reminds me of when people were saying that President Obama shouldn’t be president because he wasn’t a US citizen. It’s kind of required to be a natural born citizen with both parents being citizens as well. While it isn’t required for a contestant in the Miss America pageant to have both parents be citizens of the US the contestant herself must be a citizen.

At the end of it all, Nina Davuluri is our Miss America 2014 and she will likely do the position proud as have our past Miss Americas. Whenever she’s asked about those naysayers she’s quoted as saying that she will ‘rise above it’ and be the better person.¬†She seems to be a cheerful young lady who is talented and not only interested in becoming a doctor but one who specializes in a field that is of interest to many, including me.

My mother had a stroke several years ago and it was because of a good cardiologist program in the hospital nearby that she survived and recovered the use of all her limbs.

My hat’s off to our new Miss America and I wish her well in her endeavors.

Research:

http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/09/16/miss-america-victory-marred-by-racist-slurs/?xid=gonewsedit

http://web.archive.org/web/20070403080257/http://www.missamerica.org/competition-info/become-a-contestant.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nina_Davuluri

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=26862358

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/a-lot-of-people-are-very-upset-that-an-indian-american-woman?bffb