Miss “America”

Nina Davuluri at news conference.

The new Miss America’s Indian heritage has caused some controversy.  Really, people?  Really?!  Her parents are immigrants.  So what?  She is an American.  My grandparents were immigrants.  My father is American.  He doesn’t identify himself as Italian-American.  Neither do I.

Frankly, it makes me nuts when someone who was born in the United States and whose family tree has several generations born in the U. S. identifies themselves as [something]-American.  People born in the the United States are Americans.

However, I found this very intriguing news bit about racism in India.  Fair skin is coveted, to the extent that darker skinned people bleach their skin in order to look whiter.  Read about it here.

You’ll find this CNN news clip here very interesting indeed.

Isn’t it ironic that those with darker skin are coloring their skin to be lighter whereas many whose skin is lighter are spending money and time getting darker?

People are weird.


2 thoughts on “Miss “America”

  1. Agree with you 100%. However, it makes me equally nuts when people assume that those who are against *illegal* immigrants are against *all* immigrants. My grandparents came here legally, as presumably yours did, too – Italians, Irish, Poles, and Russians all put up with discrimination as severe as any modern immigrants put up with (remember “Polak jokes”?), and persevered to become mainstream. I think it’s a good idea to keep hold of our ethnic roots, so long as we don’t use them to put others down, or to separate ourselves from our fellow Americans.

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