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Catherine Mostly says
Of course, it was overdue. What the Miss America did in 1984 was to create a big ta-do over nothing at all. The way the pageant treated her then was totally atrocious and utterly disgraceful.
Country Sunshine says
It was misogyny, plain & simple. The women in this country should have stood up and screamed to high heaven. Leaders of Countries apologize for war crimes decades later. He was right to apologize. BTW, I don't follow these contests, either.
Of course, it was total misogyny in addition to racial prejudice. Vanessa was made to be the scapegoat because she was the first Black Miss America. She should never have been forced to resign for something that was totally innocuous.
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Keith Abt says
Yeah, she did great. If the controversy would have been just about her; then this question would be moot. Grace made that point best, above. Misogyny and prejudice are big, harmful ideals that need to change. That often starts with a 'late' apology.