>Miss USA: Is it a milestone?

>First, I want to apologize for my lack of updating. I got sidetracked at work and home. Anyway, on the subject.

Crystle Stewart of Missouri City, Texas, was crowned Miss USA on Friday. A Texas entrepreneur, Stewart runs a party-planning and motivational speaking company, and models professionally. You can read more about her here.

I posted this because it got me thinking when I read the story. There’s no doubt that black women are bombarded with images that consistently makes us feel that we are not beautiful; that we are not wanted or desired; that we are not worthy. Also, day in and day out, black women must face the burden of racism and sexism and master the art of shifting in order to deal with the daily negative forces at play.

Still, with all that’s against us, another black woman was named Miss USA. I can’t help but to ponder what message, if any, does this send to other black women in this country. Over the past several years, the Miss USA title has become less prestigious and more entertainment. While it’s always refreshing to see a sista being recognized by an established institution, I can not get over my feelings of indifference in the matter. The routine political, social, economic and cultural degradation of black women in American society outweighs this “milestone.”

What do you think? Should this crowning be celebrated as a milestone or just another ceremonial “celebration” of diversity in America?