The new Miss American has a strange sounding name. Oh, the Nina part is okay. It’s is that odd last name, Davuluri.
And this is the Miss American pageant? You know where wholesome sweet girls with various shades of blond hair and a few brunettes battle it out to wear the crown of American born and bred beauty for a year.
So what’s up America?
Nina Davuluri’s family is originally from India. Sadly, they did not come over on the Mayflower or fight in the Revolutionary War. Well, guess what, neither did mine and probably either did yours, or yours, or yours.
Yet as born and bred Americans we don’t do funny dances based on Hindu movements. And Bollywood is certainly not OUR Hollywood. We do “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom and jive. That’s our kind of national dancing.
Wait a minute. Who are we kidding?
WE ARE KIDDING OURSELVES!
The longer we see others as “different”, the longer we see others as threats (some even think she may even be an Arab or a terrorist), the longer we let fear be the driving force, the more we lose.
Here is the skinny on the Miss America pageant 2014. There were differences that made each contestant unique. That is a big relief.
Unique means we can enjoy what each one brings to the table. It is fun and exciting.
Different means we shiver and shake out of fear that THEY may do bad things to US.
Think about it this way: we are as different as day and night and that is a good thing.
If we only had day, this planet would be too hot to live on. And if we only had night it would be too cold for life to exist.
So, let’s celebrate the difference between day and night, the uniqueness of the bright sun and the glow of the moon. And let’s start to see each other as UNIQUE, as creative and fun and caring rather than as threats to our security.
Nina is UNIQUE. She is beautiful, smart, talented and GUTSY.
NINA DAVULURI….. you go girl!!!!!