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How Drama Queen Nikole Churchill Dragged Obama Into A Beauty Race

nikole-churchillMEET Nikole Churchill, Hampton University’s new Homecoming Queen.
Churchill is the first non-black Homecoming Queen in her southern Virginia university’s history, seeing off the challenge of nine other finalists. The vanquished nine are all black. The five judges who selected her for victory are all black.

But having won, she is heckled at a college American football game. The losers give something less than the thousand megawatt grins required. This is one big break with tradition.

amd_nikole_churchill_facebookOf course, it might depend on which picture you look at. The Times’ piece features this picture of Churchill surrounded by her ladies in waiting. On Churchill’s Facebook page, there is this other picture, of all winners and losers united in the customary grin of unbridled joy. But Miss Churchill senses something wrong.

Sure, she entered a beauty contest she thought she could win. But in winning she senses a race issue. Had she lost, it might have been the same. She decides to write to Barack Obama, a kindred spirit. Like him, she grew up in Hawaii.

I feel as though you could relate to my situation. It would be much easier to say that possibly some were not accepting of the news because I wasn’t the most qualified contestant; however, the true reason for the disapproval was because of the color of my skin. I am not African-American. Despite the unfortunate beliefs that some are saying I should not have won, I am desperately trying to focus on those who believe in me and support me and my goal to represent this beautiful, multicultural campus the very best way that I can.”

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Posted: 20th, October 2009 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)