This week, Rush Limbaugh
was standing in front of a talented black woman who was trying to become Miss America. I am not sure if Rush voted for her or not, but the black woman was able to win. Caressa Cameron
, a 22-year old from Virginia Commonwealth University, was crowned Saturday night as the winner of the 2010 Miss America pageant.
Rather than openly wondering what qualifies Rush Limbaugh to judge a beauty contest, I will spend my time touting my excitement for Ms. Cameron.
Cameron, who is a communications major, won the competition in Las Vegas. She is the 7th African-American woman in history to win the Miss America pageant.
When asked how she would confront the challenge of child obesity, Cameron said, "Take away the TV, take away the video games, set some standards for our children!"
I can only give a resounding, "You go, girl."
After winning the contest, Cameron is set to receive a $50,000 scholarship. To beat out the competition, she sang the song "Listen" from the movie "Dreamgirls."
I don't know much about beauty contests, but there's nothing more beautiful than a black woman who has embraced excellence in her life. Congratulations, Ms. Cameron, wear your crown wisely. Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.