The furore of a section of Americans over why a woman of Indian-origin – Nina Davuluri has been crowned as Miss America is absolutely justified. Only if these so-called Americans can tell us who is an American after all!
Have not the native Americans or red Indians as they are called by the Europeans been wiped out totally by the white colonizers? The only people who can claim to be American in the true sense are the indigenous red Indians. Still this racist section of the North American society is objecting to the crowning of a ‘foreign’ person and hurling racist comments on Indian-origin Miss America Nina Davuluri.
History has it how different European powers beginning with Spain and later Britain colonized the American land for mercantilism and also to evade religious persecution. During the 16th century, European powers were able to colonize the whole American continent with the exception of North America extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. The dawn of seventeenth century brought the final curtain down on the fate of aborigines who lost the North American territory to European settlements.
It just really took a span of fifty years- 1840-1885 that the native American population was reduced to a half. After adoption of the proclamation of independence by the people of the United States on 4th of July in 1776 which is celebrated as the American Independence Day, real trouble for Aborigines began.
For most of 1800s, aborigines were systematically targeted. The infamous policy of ‘reservation’ which is also called as the American holocaust by many led to restricting them to camps and killing their main source of food- Buffaloes.As a result of all this torture, whites were able to bring down the number of aborigines to a dismal level.
So the question arises that how people of European origins really claim to be the real Americans when the real Americans- indigenous people are not there to make the claim as they already have been left out of the big American dream? America has always been a land of migrants whom the white population which claims to be the real Americans classifies as – American-Indians, Afro-Americans and so on. Will someone please ask them that aren’t they too- Spanish-American or British-American and so on? This woman has time and again asserted that she is as American as whites. So the racist comments on Indian-origin Miss America Nina Davuluri are extremely unfortunate.