Nina Davuluri on Racist Backlash: Love Will Prevail!

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Nina Davuluri, who was crowned Miss America earlier this month, was asked for her take on the deluge of racist Tweets that followed her surprise win.

Her take on it:

  1. Depressingly, she saw it coming, as she dealt with the same thing winning Miss New York earlier this year (succeeding Mallory Hagan).
  2. The vocal critics might get all the headlines, but for every negative Tweet, she received many more positive and supportive messages.

Nina Davuluri says she can't dwell on the haters. Nor should she.

She's freaking Miss America after all, so some people must like her - and again, she said the online hate paled in comparison to the love she received.

What kind of hating are we talking about? As bad as it gets.

She was referred to as "the Arab," or "the terrorist," or "Miss 7-11" by some, with commenters intelligently pointing out "This is America, not India" and so forth.

Just horrible.

Still, "I have to rise above that," said Davuluri, a 24-year-old native of Syracuse, N.Y. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."

"I'm so happy this organization embraced diversity," she added. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America."

You go, girl.

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