When Nina Davuluri won the Miss America pageant a tidal wave of racist tweets flooded Twitter. You would think that in 2013 racists, especially those who are “millennials” and should know how Twitter and the Internet works, would know that as soon as their racist tweet hit the ether of the world wide web, it would never go away. But they all acted as if they were blasting their brain snot out into the abyss without any consequences. Boy were they wrong.
The story of the racist tweets overshadowed the fact that the first woman of Indian-descent had won the contest. Social media was abuzz, and last night the comedic titans over at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” entered the fray and as always, they didn’t disappoint. Stewart and company focused on the fact that so many of the horrible, racist tweets were also full of terrible misspellings and grammatical mistakes.
The message behind the host’s rant last night was that only in America would you see such brazen, proud racism, declared for the world, and yet not even a hint of self-awareness enough to spellcheck. It speaks to not only the racism that lies within our country to this day, but to the abysmal state of our educational system in this country. Said Stewart, “…you know how we know that this is America? The way you know the word due is misspelled. That’s how you know this is America.”
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