“I am so happy that I was able to really build my confidence and understand, you know what Deshauna, and you’re a queen,” Miss USA said.
On June 5, Deshauna Barber was crowned Miss USA, and a host of racist internet trolls took to social media to bring her win into disrepute, as they taunted and hurled racial insults at her. The Black Army Reserve Officer spoke to The Huffington Post earlier this week about rising above the resentment she faced.
Barber stated that she was initially stunned by the amount of cyber hate she was receiving, much of which were about racism. The racially driven comments pushed the beauty queen to question her self-worth, but with the help of her supporters, she realized that she is nothing but a “queen.”
— Deshauna Barber (@deshaunabarber) October 6, 2016
“I just knew that everyone would just be ‘whoo whoo’ and [saying] ‘we love Deshauna she represents this country.’ And I have been positively received but there’s been a lot of negative [comments].” Barber said. “I was called tar monkey [and] the n-word. I had a lot of moments where people thought I was better off being Miss Africa USA versus Miss USA. And to me, it was very discouraging.”
She gained over 30,000 Instagram followers just a few hours after she won the beauty pageant- the brand new attention that followed was surely going to take some time to get used to.
— Black Atlanta (@blckatlanta) October 7, 2016
“I had to really reevaluate how I feel emotionally about myself and the confidence that I have,” Barber continued. “Because there were moments where I was like ‘Man, am I really that ugly? Do people really think that I don’t deserve to represent this crown?’ Then I realized there’s a lot of little black and brown girls that look up to me saying, ‘She looks like me.’”
“I really had to understand that, ‘You know what, I’m an American woman. I can be Miss USA and just because my skin is black does not mean that I’m ugly,’” she added.
Our nation is a country of Black and white people with so many diverse ethnicities, but American Black people have been dealing with racism for practically all their lives, as this nation has been ridden by it for as long as one can remember. Barber is an astonishing beauty to behold and it wouldn’t go without saying that racist critics are just jealous of her success.