Just one day after being crowned Miss Michigan, conservative university student Kathy Zhu was stripped of her title over racially and religiously charged tweets, The New York Times reported.
“I will not be taking any legal action against the organization, I think they have suffered enough negative publicity – especially because they wanted to decrown me due to not wanting bad publicity in the first place,” she tweeted Friday. “When they go low, we go high.”
Miss World America had removed Zhu from Miss World 2019 contention over tweets with reportedly violated “good character” rules of competition.
“It has been brought to the attention of Miss World America ‘MWA’ that your social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive, and inappropriate content,” Miss Michigan Director Laurie DeJack reportedly wrote in an email to Zhu.
Zhu is a University of Michigan senior and a social media director of Chinese Americans for Trump, per the Times.
“They just immediately assumed that I was a racist,” Zhu, vice president of College Republicans at Michigan, told the Times. “They should have let me explain myself.”
The tweet first labeled “offensive, insensitive, and inappropriate” was a note a majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks and not police officers:
“Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others.”
She also had deleted a tweet in which she objected to the oppression of women under Islam, according to the report.
“There’s a ‘try a hijab on’ booth at my college campus,’ Zhu tweeted when she was a Central Florida student, per the Times. “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.”