Beauty pageants are troubling and in general I don’t support them (particularly for the young).
But when I heard about the racist comments surrounding Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, winning the Miss America pageant, I couldn’t help but want to back her up (as well as the pageant organizers and judges). I grew up in New York with a small group of Indian Americans among my friends, and I have been forever grateful to them for introducing me to a culture that continues to fascinate and thrill me. I still think beauty pageants are fraught with problems, but to see an Indian American woman winning one, I am happy. It almost feels like progress!
And to all the people who’ve made racist comments: I feel bad for you that you can’t see through your prejudices because what I see is a really beautiful woman. Whoa.