Rachael Malonson was extremely delighted to have won this year’s ‘Miss Black University of Texas’ but now she has had to go as far as deleting Twitter from her phone to get away from the critics.
— UT NABJ (@UTNABJ) May 1, 2017
The biracial girl is being flooded with tweets and messages about how she is ‘not black enough’ to have won. Malonson’s father is black and her mother is white, and she turned out having very light skin. However, people are questioning her ethnicity, and slamming her for not being “phenotypically black.” People have even criticized the competition for selecting a winner who does not “look black.”
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) May 5, 2017
A white woman won ” Miss Black University of Texas”. Timeline should the black community kill the one drop rule? pic.twitter.com/gaNHIg0Nw0
— Kind Hearted Ash🖤🖤 (@AshGoCrazyIII) May 3, 2017
@christellecraze @gwenmcdonald1 @ID_NUPEs @RachaelMalonson @WhatUpDoeDoe @Emma_mattie @nyleswashington @Davidallen_3 That is how you identify your blackness but what we not finna do is discredit her blackness because of a photograph you see. Dismissed
— av (@avuitton_) May 3, 2017
This is absolutely outrageous. I have two words for those snobs: Rachel Dolezal. Remember her? She was elected NAACP local President right under your noses, and she is WHITE! Not even biracial! Why was she not questioned all these years?
Malonson said, “Someone literally asked me are you black? Can you prove it to me? ” She continued, “I was like yes, my dad’s black and my mom’s white.”
Daily Wire reports:
The problem, she suggested, is that she doesn’t “fit the stereotypical look that a black person would fit.” Many of the tweets she received highlight this appearance-based determination of racial credentials, including one guy who tweeted, “Kind of sad that the black community didn’t have the brass to limit the pageant to only women that look black.”
But as Nyles Washington, a member of the predominantly black UT fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi explained, Malonson clearly meets the two qualifications for entering their pageant. “You have to be a woman and you have to have some African-American in your heritage,” said Washington.
The “avalanche of tweets” got so bad that Malonson finally had to “delete Twitter off of her phone,” the outlet reports.
To help figure out what is “driving these types of responses,” the ABC-affiliate reached out to a psychologist and professor of African Studies at the university, Kevin Cokley.
So because a person is mixed, they cannot relate to both sides of their heritage? People are just so absolutely nasty nowadays. I think she is beautiful and it sounds like she also has a beautiful personality as well. She deserves to have won! What do you think?
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