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Miss America Pageant Diversity
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- It was a crowning moment for Nina Davuluri.
The 24 year old took the title of Miss America Sunday night, becoming the first Indian American to do so.
Maybe the only thing louder than the roar of the crowd Sunday night was the online backlash that followed.
Social networks were filled with comments like 'this is America, not India' and 'Congratulations Al Qaeda, Our Miss America Is One of You'
We showed some of the online responses to corridor residents Monday, and they were not amused
It's ridiculous, resident Rebecca Sawyer said.
I think people are confused about what America means, resident Colleen Alcantara said. I think everyone has a right to be here, and if they want to be Miss America, fine.
People have called the tweets and comments mean, classless, and downright rude, but Chad Simmons with Diversity Focus says they also help get the dialogue going.
Distasteful as it may be, I think it's I think it's important that we let everybody's voices be heard, Simmons said.
Simmons says if anything, it shows Americans have been consistent with their distrust over the years.
Whether it's the Irish or Germans or Czechoslovakians, Simmons said.
He says change only comes along he says when we embrace diversity - of both races and opinions.
We're not in a post racial society, we have to have a conversation, Simmons said.
However, will that conversation start now? Many hope so.
I'm glad that she won, maybe this will break the ice, Alcantara said.