New Miss America’s Indian heritage prompts racist backlash

Global News

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Nina Davuluri isn’t the first Miss America of colour. She’s not even the first Asian-American to wear the crown. But her victory has clearly struck a chord in some quarters.

At a news conference held after her name was announced Sunday night, the first question was about a slew of social media users apparently upset that someone of Indian heritage had won. Some tweets called her Arab and a terrorist.

“I have to rise above that,” said Davuluri, who competed as Miss New York. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”

WATCH: New Miss America bombarded by racist tweets

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She said she’s delighted that the nearly century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds.

“I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she said. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”

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