Skip to comments.The Ugly Side of the Southern Belle
Posted on 01/16/2013 6:05:31 PM PST by Bon of Babble
From 1921, when the contest began in Atlantic City, through World War II, only one woman representing a former Confederate state won the competition. Then, beginning in 1947, when a woman from Memphis earned the top honor, the fortunes of Southern contestants rose precipitously. From 1950 to 1963, seven southerners were crowned (each served the following year), including back-to-back wins by Mississippians in 1958 and 1959 though southerners made up only one-fifth of the possible winners.
These were, of course, the years when black Southerners opened a full-scale campaign against Jim Crow, prompting a bitter backlash by white Southerners. White resistance began in earnest in 1954, when the Supreme Court issued Brown v. Board of Education, its decision to desegregate public schools.
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“It depends on how its said....99 percent its genuine but when said sarcastic then its venom”
It’s all in their eyes.
Agree, the end of this ignoble exercise, the NYTimes cannot happen soon enough, in my estimation.
What an incoherent argument. She must have been really jealous of the pretty girls when she was growing up, and now that she has a soapbox, she is throwing the worst insult at them that she can think of. She totally fails to show a link between Southern beauty queens and racism, such a strange leap, and absolutely no critical thinking skills.