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Miss America deals with racism

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Teaneck, New Jesey(MY9NJ) -

Ronica was in Atlantic City on the night Nina Duvalari was crowned Miss America, and made history as the first Indian American Miss America.

Unfortunately, the response to her victory was one filled with racism and hate, some saying she didn’t represent the real America.

But Nina struggled with issues related to her ethnic background for her entire life, so she had already dedicated years to her platform: "Celebration of Diversity Through Cultural Competency."

Ronica had the chance to hear Nina speak about her passion at the Kaplan JCC on the Palisades in Teaneck. She spoke to middle school students about bullying and told her personal story.

She gave 3 tips to encourage the kids to take away with them:

1. Make the negative positive

2. Understand how powerful your words are

3. How do you want to be remembered?

After Nina's speech, Ronica met with her for an interview. She discussed her efforts to use social media to get people involved. She asks everyone to tweet a picture, video or story about culture awareness with the hashtag #CirclesOfUnity & tag @MissAmerica.

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