Most of the rants misclassified her origins. To me, this was a flashback to growing up in Mississippi, where it seemed everyone wanted to know if I was a Choctaw or a Cherokee Indian. “I’m from India,” I’d say, only to be given a confused look. “It’s next to China,” I’d say. More confusion. “It’s in Asia. Oh, never mind.”
I guess it’s okay that we’re your governors, your models, your philosophers and of course, your doctors and your engineers but not if we're your Miss America. How can that be when we Indian Americans are the embodiment of The American Dream? According to Wikipedia, we make up less than 1% of the U.S. Population, a mere 3.18 million people, but close to 68% of us hold a Bachelors degree or higher and our median household income is around $88,000. Compare that to the general U.S population, where 28% have achieved a Bachelors degree or higher and the median household income is around $50,000. Also, a whopping 72% of us participate in the work force. Amazing.
The winner has dismissed the fray. According to the Washington Post, “I have to rise above that,” said Davuluri. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
Even though others can’t seem to accept her as Miss America, she, herself, does and that’s what matters.