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Some Latinos Expressed Racist Comments Over Miss Puerto Rico Losing Miss Universe Crown To Miss South Africa

Whenever pageants first began, the winners have typically been white and blonde. Societal beauty standards have only recently begun to change slightly favoring women of different body sizes and skin colors. That is why it’s so incredibly powerful and refreshing (not to mention historic) to see the top pageant crowns bestowed upon Black women. However, not everyone is accepting of this new, more inclusive pageant world. 

On Saturday, Toni-Ann Singh, Miss Jamaica, won the Miss World pageant. The week before that Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, won the title of Miss Universe meaning that the five top pageant titles belong to Black women.

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This historic trend began to take shape earlier this year when Miss USA Chelsie Kryst, Miss Teen USA Kaleigh Garris, and Miss America Nia Franklin won their respective pageants, putting a much-needed cultural shift on the center stage. 

After her win, Singh tweeted, “To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself. Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine, but yours. You have a PURPOSE.”

However, last week when Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, won the title of Miss Universe against the runner up, Miss Puerto Rico, some Latinos showed their true racist colors.

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Some Latinos on social media were clearly cheering on Miss Puerto Rico, Madison Anderson, and expressed some racist and mean comments after she lost. 

The firestorm began when the women were asked the final question by host Steve Harvey. 

They were asked, “What is the most important thing we should teach young girls today?” Anderson gave a pretty mediocre response, saying, “In a world where many people wear masks, it’s such a beautiful thing to see an authentic soul.” 

Tunzi’s response, in comparison, was beautiful and eloquently stated. 

“I think one of the most important things we should be teaching young girls today is leadership,” she said. “It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time – not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labeled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world, and that we should be given every opportunity. And that is what we should be teaching these young girls – to take up space. Nothing as important as taking up space in society.” 

That response ended up winning her the crown. 

One of those that didn’t like that Tunzi won over Anderson was journalist Maria Celeste.

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Celeste said on her show “Al Rojo Vivo,” according to Noticel, that when it comes down to it, these pageants should remain beauty pageants and not based on a contestant’s IQ level. Celeste tried to back peddle on her Instagram page by saying, “Great job Miss Puerto Rico – you were my candidate, but the jury’s composition always plays an important role in the final result, and without a doubt, the new Miss Universe is very pretty too.”

Yamilet González, a House of Representatives candidate for the pro-statehood New Progressive Party in Puerto Rico, also said negative things about Tunzi.

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In a video post on social media, González was speaking to a man about the pageant and said, among other disrespectful things, Tunzi shouldn’t have been a part of the show because of her looks. 

Jose Pastrana, a Supervisor de Zona de Educación Especial in Puerto Rico is also coming under fire for his racist comments against Tunzi that he posted on Facebook.

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The Department of Education in Puerto Rico is investigating Pastrana’s comments. They released the statement saying, “The expressions made through personal social networks and after hours of work of the employee José Pastrana do not represent at all the values and principles that we instill through the Department of Education.” 

A feminist organization that fights against anti-Black violence said the type of racism we’re seeing in the aftermath of Miss Puerto Rico losing to a Black woman is a racism that exists every day on the island and everywhere.

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“There is nothing like a Miss Universe pageant to uncover the disgusting racism that is lived in Puerto Rico on a daily basis. We are just returning home and we encounter racial hatred and anti-black violence. From this we will continue to express ourselves later but, for now, we want to show our repudiation, anger, and outrage at the barbarities, insults and extreme violence that have been expressed by social networks. That violence IS THE SAME as Trump’s.”

READ: The Miss Universe Pageant Featured Its First Openly Lesbian Contestant And Crowned Miss South Africa The Winner

Olive Garden Manager Fired After Complying With Customer’s Racist Request

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Olive Garden Manager Fired After Complying With Customer’s Racist Request

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Good o’l reliable Olive Garden, your favorite first date option as a broke highschooler, is getting the heat this week. After news broke that an occurrence of racism occurred at one of its Indiana establishments, patrons of the Italian-inspired franchise have tons of questions.

A manager at an Olive Garden in Evansville, Indiana complied to a racist request by a couple over the weekend, leaving a Black waitress in shock.

When a white couple chose to dine at the Olive Garden in Evansville, Indiana over the weekend, they requested they be served by a white person only. Instead of standing up for his employees and asking for the pair to leave, the manager complied with the request leaving a hostess and another customer to complain on Instagram.

Now the manager is out of a job.

The incident went viral after being shared by customer Maxwell Robbins  on Facebook.

I’m never going back to the Olive Garden in Evansville. A few white people come in a says that they refuse service from…

Posted by Maxwell Robbins on Sunday, March 1, 2020

According to Robbins the white guests refused service from a “colored” server and asked to speak to a manager.

“The manager without hesitation ensures that they will not receive service from a person of color. That couple should’ve been refused service for even asking something like that,” Robbins complained.

Soon after sharing his post, 16-year-old Amira Donahue, a black hostess who had been berated by the white couple also posted a complaint.

Racism is still prevalent in 2020! After years of experiencing micro aggressions and attitudes simply because of my…

Posted by Amira Donahue on Sunday, March 1, 2020

According to Newsweek, when one of the white customers asked for hot water and Amira brought it to the table, the customer requested “a server who wasn’t black. The couple then proceeded to talk about her to co-workers and claimed that she was not “family-friendly.” Amira went onto express her disappointment and hurt of not being backed by the restaurants management staff.

In response to the incident, Olive Garden conducted an investigation and issues a statement.

“We have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind, and the manager involved no longer works for our company,” an Olive Garden spokesperson told TODAY in a statement.

Normani Finally Opens Up About Camila Cabello’s Text Calling Her The N-Word

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Normani Finally Opens Up About Camila Cabello’s Text Calling Her The N-Word

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When news first emerged of Camila Cabello’s racist remarks from the past, just about every Fifth Harmony fan was hurt.

Earlier last year, old Tumblr racist posts that had been created by Cabello resurfaced and made the rounds hurting fans and at least one of her group members.

The old Tumblr posts which had been shared by Cabello between 2012 and 2013 surfaced on Twitter and showed that she had used the N-Word and other derogatory language. She also was shown to have once mocked Rihanna for her 2009 physical assault by then-boyfriend Chris Brown. Soon after the posts were released, the old Tumblr account had been deactivated and Cabello issued an apology stating she was “uneducated and ignorant” at the time of the posts and apologized for using “horrible and hurtful” language.

In once instance, a message between Camila Cabello and her good friend Marielle Guzman, reveals that the “Havana” singer called her own group member, Normani Hamilton, the N-word.

Cabello’s career started with the musical girl group Fifth Harmony, an all women’s lineup that had been touted and celebrated by its fans for its diversity and push for sisterhood. As the only Black singer in the group, Normani had already faced quite a bit of racial attacks from the bands fans and critics. In an article by The New York Times, published in 2016 just before Cabello left, the news outlet observed how “In fan enclaves across the web, a subset of Fifth Harmony followers called Ms. Kordei “Normonkey,” “coon,” and “nigger.” One said she “deserves to be lynched.” Another Photoshopped her face onto the body of a woman hanging from a tree.”

No doubt, Cabello’s comments were damaging but they also have put her former group member in physical harms way.

In a recent profile for Rolling Stone, Normani said that she had been “hurt” by Camila Cabello’s racist Tumblr posts and were made even more difficult by constant racial abuse from trolls.

“It would be dishonest if I said that this particular scenario didn’t hurt me,” the singer said in her interview with Rolling Stone. “It was devastating that this came from a place that was supposed to be a safe haven and a sisterhood because I knew that if the tables were turned I would defend each of them in a single heartbeat. It took days for her to acknowledge what I was dealing with online and then years for her to take responsibility for the offensive tweets that recently resurfaced. Whether or not it was her intention, this made me feel like I was second to the relationship that she had with her fans.”