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Indian descent Miss America, Nina Davuluri, prompts twitter rage

Nina Davuluri, the first Miss American of Indian descent, was bombarded with racist tweets after being crowned on Sunday.
Posted By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   Sept. 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM  |  Updated Sept. 16, 2013 at 3:34 PM   |   Comments

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Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The twittersphere was blasted with racist slurs Sunday night after Miss New York Nina Davuluri, who is of Indian descent, was crowned Miss America.

After the results were announced, Davuluri, 24 -- the first Indian American to hold the title -- was bombarded with racist tweets linking her to terrorism, making references to convenience stores and pleading that show runners picked "more American" winners.

"Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11," wrote twitter user @JPLman95.

"Miss America right now or miss AlQaueda?," tweeted @SHANN_Wow.

"First a president from God knows where, Africa and now a miss America lady that I can't say or spell her name... Terrorist," wrote @JLyle2_PGA.

Later in the night, hundreds came on Twitter to support Davuluri's win and to condemn the offensive remarks.

"Those racist #MissAmerica Tweets: because you needed more evidence that we were spending too much on war and not enough on education," @Vasugi wrote.

"If you guys think the Miss America pageant is racist, try America," @jasminedreame tweeted.

"First, Miss America is beautiful and talented! Second, racist dopes are what is Un-American! Crawl back into your holes," tweeted Philadelphia councilman Jim Kenney.

In addition, the tumblr site "Public Shaming" posted a list of all the ill-spirited tweets that meant to attack Davuluri, prompting many of its authors to close their twitter accounts over the imminent backlash.

The Syracuse, New York native plans to use the $50,000 scholarship that came with her victory to apply for medical school.

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