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Miss America Pageant Crowns Nina Davuluri of Indian Descent

By Kaitlynn E-A Smith Last night's Miss America pageant was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey and sparked controversy after the winner was announced. Miss New York's Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America and broke ground as the first Indian-American to get the crown. For the talent component of the competition she performed a Bollywood fusion dance routine. "I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity," she said in a press conference after winning. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America." The Syracuse native is applying for medical school in hopes of becoming a doctor and follow in her family’s footsteps. Her victory led to a fury of negative comments on Twitter from users who were angry someone of Indian heritage had won. A series of racial slurs and bullying targeted the winner just after she was crowned. Many accused her of being an Arab, Muslim and everything in between with some even citing her as a “terrorist.” The dense, intolerant viewpoint as America celebrates diversity with this groundbreaking win is disappointing. With the recent media attention on cyber-bullying, people in the public eye are not exempt. msmissamerica Davuluri responded to the criticism saying, "I have to rise above that," she said. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American." Let's hope the rest of America can realize this too.  

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