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After Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was crowned Miss America in 2014, a firestorm of explicitly racist tweets started to circulate around the social media site. Why? She was the first Indian-American to win this title. The tweets were attacking Davuluri and spread stereotypes about Indian Americans, Arab Americans, and other racial and ethnic minorities. The mainstream media widely celebrated her win, until, the tweets became the center of the reporting themselves. Communications Studies Professor Thomas Nakayama co-authored an article discussing how this racism can be viewed differently than racism from the past, and how this problem could be a product of social media.