MISS USA: MAKE AMERICA “EQUALIST” AGAIN?

The electoral vote outweighs the popular vote yet again.

On May 14th, Miss District of Columbia 2017 Kara McCullough was crowned Miss USA 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, continuing the D.C. reign from 2016 winner Deshauna Barber.

McCullough, a chemist for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is a proud black woman and HBCU graduate. Don’t let the natural hair fool you, though, because her mind is more than processed.

McCullough’s problematic answers in the interview competition caused a major uproar all over Twitter.

The first question McCullough was given asked if healthcare was a right or a privilege. She replied:

“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I’m 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 opportunities to have health care as well as jobs for all Americans worldwide”.

Translation: healthcare is only for people with jobs, and if you don’t work, you don’t deserve the care needed to survive.

What would she do if someone she loves ends up out of work and needs healthcare? Will empathy and human decency ever come to her? How can she travel around this country and fulfill her duties as Miss USA with beliefs so narrow-minded?

Currently in America, healthcare is a privilege but it shouldn’t be. The frustration behind this is the implication that poor and out-of-work individuals should be neglected by the government.

You could say that the new Miss USA might have some fans in the White House.

But that statement is easy for someone who works for the government to say — a conservative viewpoint from someone who is an “equalist”.

The second question Miss District of Columbia received, the question which the top three all receive, asked if the contestants believe they are a feminist or not.

McCullough answered:

“I try not to consider myself, like, this diehard, ‘I don’t really care about men’ type of woman. “Women — we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace”

She additionally explains that she is an “equalist” and not a feminist, which, when I heard that term, I bursted with laughter.

Somebody needs to learn the definition of the term “feminism”.

Feminism is the belief that women should be treated socially, politically, and economically as equal to men. Nowhere does this imply female superiority or “I don’t care about men”.

People need to realize there is nothing wrong with being feminist. Thankfully, someone stood up to McCullough’s ignorance.

Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg inadvertently challenged McCullough’s words with this perfect answer to the same question:

“Feminism is striving for equality and I do consider myself a feminist. I think it’s a misconception when people believe that feminism is women being better than men. But it’s really not. It’s a fight for equality. And we need to realize that if we want a stable society, a better future for every single individual, we need to be equal. And that’s why I advocate for education for women, because women are still held back in places of the world. They still don’t have that right to their independence, that right to their equality, all because of education. And once we do take that step, I believe that an equal world will be a better world.”

It’s pretty clear that Miss New Jersey was robbed that night.

Image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ew.com

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