Such moments certainly are not limited to Washington, however. It was especially embarrassing to be an American two weeks ago when Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was selected to be Miss America for 2014.
It took only minutes after the pageant in Atlantic City ended for the bigots to hit the social media sites to rant about her nationality and complexion. And she wasn’t even the first woman of color to be crowned Miss America.
Numerous social-media users expressed their disgust that a woman of Indian heritage had won the crown. Some tweeters even referred to her as an Arab and a terrorist.
Fortunately, Davuluri, of Syracuse, is levels above her detractors.
“I have to rise above that,” said Davuluri. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.” She said she was pleased that the nearly century-old pageant recognizes diverse kinds of beauty and talent.
Unlike many of us, however, she did well in hiding her embarrassment about the comments made on social media sites.
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.