I know the title of this post sounds very racist, but, as any of my closest friends can tell you, I’m far from it. In fact, it’s just the opposite, the reason the Miss Black America pageant annoys me is because it promotes racial inequality. I believe that there shouldn’t be any disparity between the human races. Unfortunately, I know this isn’t the case in many places on the Earth, but in my mind I don’t see people by the color of their skin.
In the 1960s, African American people fought for equality with Caucasian-Americans. I can not begin to imagine what life must have been like then, nor could I ever imagine what it must be like growing up black. I am an American male of European descent…..I’m the “majority.” But, I think of other people as people, that’s it, and when I see things that don’t see people as people, but as a product of their skin color, it annoys me.
The Miss Black America pageant was begun in 1968 as a protest against the exclusion of black women from the Miss America pageant. It was even held in Atlantic City, the home of the Miss America pageant. It was supported by the NAACP, and it was a step forward for African-Americans in the 1960s and 1970s. Since 1970, however, African-American women have been competing in the Miss America pageant. In fact, many of the more recent Miss America winners have been African-American. This makes the Miss Black America pageant obsolete. The Miss America pageant is fully supportive of any woman contestant, regardless of color or background. All the Miss Black America pageant succeeds in doing is causing a divide between the races in the United States. It is a remnant of a time when there was more division between black and white Americans, and, technically, it still promotes that division!
There is no reason for the continuation of the Miss Black America pageant. It is actually a racist pageant in that it only allows African-American women to become contestants in the pageant. This is the same as the Miss America pageant before 1970. Now the Miss America pageant represents all the women of the United States. The Miss Black America pageant is a way of promoting racism against white Americans. Since the pageant does not allow contestant who are not black to enter, it is a racist pageant, and this no longer is a protest against racism, it has become racism itself. It has actually turned into something that it was trying to fight against at its inception.
The Miss Black America pageant has been obsolete for more than 30 years, yet it continues to run each year. My suggestion is to merge the pageant with the Miss America pageant in true racial harmony fashion. The racist Miss Black America pageant needs to change its policy….or just fade away.