Beauty pageant winner trolled for not being “black enough”

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After Rachael Malonson was crowned Miss Black University of Texas, the social media trolls on Twitter quickly decided that she was not qualified to win.  The reason?  She’s “not black enough.”

For her part,  Malonson, 22, is not responding to critics.  The biracial beauty queen said she was honored to win, but had hesitated to enter in the first place.

“As a biracial woman, I didn’t even think I was able to place,” she said, confiding that people often mistake her for Hispanic due to her coloration.Miss Black

“I remember I felt so insecure because people didn’t understand who I was by my look,” Malonson continued. “I’m confident in it now and see it as a unique trait where I’m able to teach people that not every black person, and not every mixed person looks the same way.”

On Facebook, Malonson wrote that she decided to be open by “vulnerably expressing obstacles I face as a biracial woman.” In part, she felt she could use the pageant platform to open a discussion and educate others about racial identity.

Malonson, was not expecting the criticism.

“I didn’t realize that even after I received the title I would still have to explain myself — that there was still ignorant people out there who are asking me to prove myself,” said Malone, whose father is black and mother is white.

“Just because I have straight hair and olive skin tone doesn’t mean I’m not black; I don’t have to look a certain way to be black.”

Still, Malonson has a positive outlook. In a Twitter post, the senior broadcasting and journalism student said that it was “beautiful to see how the black community at UT will come together and stand up for their brothers and sisters,” indicating that she is receiving plenty of support along with the criticism.

 

 

Malonson said she will dedicate her reign to educating people about racial identity.  She hopes to break down stereotypes and share videos of people talking about their culture and race.

“And I will continue to support black women empowerment,” Malonson said.

 

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