My Turn — Racism masked as patriotism un-American

Am I the only one appalled by how vocal people are about their hate on the Internet? Trolling or not, some of these people are so bold with what they say, that it’s plain nasty with no legitimate facts to back up the sentiments.

Christina Calloway

Christina Calloway

There’s no way I’d ever support taking away someone’s right to freedom of speech, I’m just embarrassed by the behavior. It’s not reflective of brotherly love.

After Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America on Sunday night, people took to social networks to express how infuriated they were with her winning because she is of Indian descent.

Some suggested she wasn’t American, and worse, a few labeled her a terrorist. I don’t know Davuluri personally, but I’m pretty sure she has to be American to run for Miss America and she is from Syracuse, N.Y.

I’m saddened that people connect her visual appearance to terrorism. She said in interviews that she will rise above the hate and that she is proud of being American, but her feelings are not the problem, the people spewing the hate are.

When a young mariachi singer sang the national anthem at an NBA Finals game earlier this year, people called the young Mexican-American an immigrant and felt he was the least appropriate to sing our country’s song.

I don’t want our youth to think saying these things are OK. I just think I’m too young to be losing my faith in humanity.

 

Christina Calloway writes for Clovis Media Inc.

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