Miss Michigan has reportedly been stripped of her crown and title after her old racist tweets were recently resurfaced.
20-year-old Kathy Zhu was dethroned after racist and Islamophobic tweets surfaced on her Twitter account.
Organizers of the Miss World America pageant dismissed the Trump supporter for what they called “offensive, insensitive and inappropriate” social media content, according to a letter and texts from the organization posted to Twitter by Zhu.
Miss World America's State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamaphobic, and insensitive.— Kathy Zhu (@PoliticalKathy) July 19, 2019
They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and "insensitive" statistical tweets. pic.twitter.com/K1Btho0Pgq
Think Progress reports that Zhu serves as the vice president of the University of Michigan chapter of the College Republicans and communications director for the Chinese Americans for Trump Movement. But it’s her old racist tweets that got her title stripped.
“Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks?” Zhu wrote, in one of the now-deleted Tweets, according to the Detroit Press. “Fix problems within your own community before blaming others.”
Zhu tried to defend her old tweets while denying being racist.
“This applies for every community,” Zhu explained to the Free Press after the tweets surfaced. “If there is a problem, fix things in your own community before lashing out at others and trying to find an issue there. That is all I wanted to say. It is not a problem against black people. Obviously, I am not racist or stuff like that.”
But Zhu also expressed her social media bigotry to Muslims as well, Think Progress reports.
[O] ne of the now-deleted tweets in question stems from an incident in February 2018, when Zhu was a freshman at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando. Zhu reportedly sprinted away from a Muslim Student Associate table on campus after a fellow student offered her a chance to try on a hijab, a head covering many Muslim women wear, as part of a World Hijab Day celebration.
“There is a ‘try a hijab on’ booth at my college campus,” Zhu, who is Chinese-American, wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?”
In a separate tweet, Zhu criticized a sign at the Muslim Student Association table that said “My hijab empowers me.”
“The hypocrisy of this is kind of disgusting,” Zhu reportedly tweeted at the time.
Following her dethroning, a few MAGA supporters took to Twitter to share the #StandingWithKathyZhu hashtag.
Forced hijab??— ƬЄƛƓƛƝ ƦЄƖԼԼƳ 🍸 (@velvethammer) July 19, 2019
Is this America or Iran??
The problem is that Miss World America islamophiles should have never expected you to wear a hijab in the first damn place.
But since they did, they should have respected your freedom of choice when you refused.#IStandWithKathyZhu
#standwitkathyzhu this young lady lost her title because she is a conservative. Retweet and comment where you can. Stand behind Kathy Zhu and let the left know that we can’t be silenced. Tell the left and the media this is not acceptable. pic.twitter.com/DH2WLUDQIO— Frank A. (@applegate_frank) July 20, 2019
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