Everything – literally everything — is politicized.

The latest example of this?  Miss Michigan – a 20 year old woman by the name of Kathy Zhu — lost her title after pageant officials learned of two social media posts that have since been deleted.

One of the posts dealt with Muslim women in 2017, after seeing a “try on a hijab” booth at the University of Michigan.  “There is a ‘try a hijab on’ booth at my college campus. So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing?” Zhu, a political science major, posted.  “Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?”

The other dealt with black-on-black crime in 2018. “Did you know that the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks?” the second tweet said. “Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others.”

Because of these two posts, Zhu got an email last week saying she had been stripped of her crown.   

“It has been brought to the attention of Miss World America ‘MWA’ that your social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content,” the letter said. It went on to say she no longer had good character.  “Therefore, and effective immediately, MWA does not recognize you as a participant of any sort or in any capacity as it relates to any and all events of MWA.”

Zhu posted a video to Twitter video, saying this was about “much more than just pageantry. This is about an organization punishing someone with different opinions.  Calling people racist when they really are not.  Little attacks like those really, really diminishes the value and the trust of the word, ‘racism.'”

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Yes. It is a shame that a 20 year old poli-sci student understands the importance of being able to discuss complicated matters in the public square more than the people who run that pageant organization.  I probably don’t have to tell you that Zhu also is a Donald Trump supporter, a fact that probably did not work in her favor.

It’s a shame that our nation is so intolerant of conservatives that a person like Zhu has to be publicly shamed like this.  I love seeing her standing tall – and realizing that there is much more to life than a crown that demands a certain sort of ideology.

Image Credit: Screen shot from Twitter video 

Hat Tip: CBS News

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.