Daniel Ruth reviews the bigoted racist responses to the selection of an American of Indian descent as Miss America (which have been well covered elsewhere in these electrons), and has a wonder.
An attractive, young, intelligent, well-educated native-born woman representing all the things that are admirable about this country happens to come out on top in a dated beauty contest. Instead of enjoying her moment in the Atlantic City surf, she finds herself accused of lacking American values and being an enemy of the state to boot.
What is wrong with so many people in this country?
The other day, the great Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, bemoaning the nation’s apparent lack of interest in any remote semblance of reasonable gun control in the face of repeated mass shooting deaths, raised an elegantly simple point.
Is America crazy?
It’s a reasonable question. But, with all due respect to Pitts, it would seem there is another question to raise.
When a Miss America contestant can generate such a groundswell of hatred, vitriol and ignorant accusations, is America stupid?
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