For the second consecutive year, a black woman — and a graduate of an HBCU (historically black college or university) — was crowned Miss USA. However, her accomplishment was almost immediately dismissed on social media by members within her community following answers she gave in the pageant.
When asked her opinion on health care in the United States and whether or not it’s a right or privilege, Kara McCullough gave a candid answer: “I’m going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I am granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs. So therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment so that we’re given the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs for all the American citizens worldwide.”
That wasn’t the end of her controversy, though. Addressing another question, McCullough said that she doesn’t think of herself as a feminist, but rather an “equalist.”
Of course, no opposing opinion would be complete without a little Twitter backlash. Several users took to the social media platform to bash McCullough for her response. Never mind that she’s a scientist employed by the government — a field dominated by men. She didn’t express outrage at all of the “oppression” going on in the United States.
The outrage over her answers was so intense that during an interview with “Good Morning America,” McCullough backpedaled her responses in order to clarify what she actually meant. According to that interview, she merely meant that health care has been a privilege to her because of her job, but that it should absolutely be a right for every American. Obviously feeling the pressure to remain politically correct, Miss USA caved and attempted to do damage control for something that didn’t need it.
Even her hair was a topic of conversation, as she opted to wear it naturally and forego adding extensions or weave, which is the norm for pageant contestants of all backgrounds. According to some, McCullough was wrong by not addressing racism when she explained her choice for choosing to wear her hair naturally. I find that assertion absolutely preposterous. Why should a contestant in a beauty pageant make it her business to crusade on behalf of every single thing people want to nitpick?
So what these social justice warriors are getting at is that the winner of Miss USA embodies every evil thing they believe is being pushed on the American people by President Trump. Honestly, who is even this passionate about beauty pageants? No one except those directly involved, until someone says something the masses don’t agree with. When people find themselves the target of social justice warriors, they will always find truth in “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”
Maybe someday soon, it will become socially acceptable to have different beliefs and opinions.
Angelina Newsom is a U.S. Army veteran and an OpsLens contributor. She served 10 years in the military, including a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She studies criminal justice and is still active within the military community. This OpsLens article is used by permission.