Miss America Speaks About Cultural Diversity at Local School
Miss America made her first school visit….and it was in South Jersey.
More specifically, St. Joseph Regional School in Somers Point.
Nina Davuluri was just crowned Miss America three weeks ago at a place not too far away from St. Joe’s, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. After her crowning, some people unfortunately took to twitter to complain about her ethnicity, and how that does not qualify her to wear the tiara.
Nina is the first woman of Indian descent to win the Miss America pageant. Rather than responding to the racist tweets, she decided to stand in front of 530 pre-kindergarten to eighth-graders , and explain ‘diversity’. She did this in a form of a game:
She would ask them a question – such as do you have a sister, do you have a brother, a dog, a cat, play baseball, like math – and if the statement pertained to them, they were to raise their hands.
Afterward, she explained the purpose.
“We can’t tell these things by looking at one another,” she said, “because 90 percent of who we are is on the inside.” (Press of Atlantic City)
Davuluri also added, ‘Just about embracing all the differences as we see them in our world. Knowing that it’s okay to be different. Share your talents. Share your culture, your heritage and be true to yourself‘ (NBC 40)
After this, the students asked her many questions about herself, and learned many similarities and common interests that they have with Nina.
They even asked Miss America what her favorite baseball team is, and she responded with ‘The New York Yankees’.
The students booed.
By the way, Somers Point wasn’t the only place Miss America payed a visit to….