Miss America Race Analysis

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The fight of the ‘coloured’ community in the United States started during the second half of the 19th century. It took more than a century for the United States Supreme Court to officially qualify the Montgomery segregationist laws illegal, on November 13th 1956. Despite this official condemnation, and Martin Luther King’s speech on August 1963, sharing his dream of an equal society reminding America that ‘all men are created equal’, The United States is still an important hotbed of racism and segregation today which seems to be a never-ending struggle. In the article Rising above Race published on September 22nd 2013 on the website thestar.com, Jenny Osterheldt deals with the very recent and controversial Miss America election. Despite the fact that the United States are known as a ‘salad-bowl’ or ‘melting-pot’ due to the number of cultures that compose its nation, the new Miss America, who is part of the 5% Asian Americans in the country, was the target of much criticism. The raise of the issues may be due to cultural contrasts in values and traditions from the various cultures that form the United States of America. In this article, Jenee Osterheldt points out the problem of the melting-pot or salad-bowl, which are two different situations, the assimilation that many people in the United States face and the emergence of subgroups to the detriment of subcultures, due to both of the facts evoked. The United States of America is known to be a nation of immigrants, ever since its foundation in 1776. Miss America 2014’s election somehow led to multiple contests from various sources inside the United States. As highlighted in the article Rising above race (2013), Todd Harnes strongly criticized Nina Davuluri’s election. Even though... ... middle of paper ... ...ussion, dividing the country. In addition to the scandal which raised after Nina Davuluri’s election, this is an example why, “society that desperately needs a rational conversation about race” (Louis, 2013) To conclude, this articles brings up many more issues than appears at the first lecture of the article Rising above Race. Nina Davuluri’s election has been an excellent opportunity for Americans to talk about what they often feel uncomfortable with: racism. Actually, what we call ‘racism’ embraces a lot more than just talking about race strictly speaking. It is more about cultures mixing with each other, subgroups that do not fit in a nation’s macroculture, and assimilation, as evoked below, for instance. There could be a lot more to talk about. In my opinion, the main criteria to rising above race, as it is the title of the article, is time and patience.
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