Miss USA crowned: What did she say about race relations?

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Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan is crowned new Miss USA.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New Miss USA Olivia Jordan spoke of the need to discuss race relations en route to her pageant victory and hailed the diversity of women taking part in the contest during a post-pageant question about Donald Trump’s comments on Mexican immigrants. Jordan of Oklahoma was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, wearing a hot pink strapless dress with a full, flowing skirt as she smoothly navigated the interview portion of the competition to beat out 50 other contestants.

Just because of freedom, democracy, human rights and there’s so many more opportunities here.” (Video via Miss Universe Organization) Miss Texas, Miss New York, Miss Nebraska, Miss California and others all went on camera to talk about what it was like to have parents who grew up in other countries. “When Mexico sends its people, they aren’t sending their best. Those making the top five: Miss Oklahoma, Olivia Jordan, 26; Miss Texas, Ylianna Guerra, 22; Miss Rhode Island, Anea Garcia, 20; Miss Maryland, Mame Adjei, 23; and Miss Nevada, Brittany McGowan, 25. After weeks of controversy generated by Trump’s comments bashing Mexican immigrants, the pageant passed with no mention of the real estate mogul who was not in attendance.

Singers Travis Garland and former American Idol finalist Stefano Langone started off the show with three songs “Born on the Bayou,” “She’s a Bad Mama Jama” and “American Woman” as the contestants strutted on stage and introduced themselves. Broadcaster NBC and Spanish-language Univision both said they would not air the show and a co-host pulled out, but the pageant went forward and included numerous contestants with ties to Mexico. “We really need to work on being an accepting society, and being a society where every single person – no matter your race, no matter your gender – is given the same rights and privileges and opportunities,” the model said at the show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume, are good people.” (Video via Donald Trump) It’s unclear if the segment was aired with Trump in mind. Women with careers ranging from modelling to law strutted in bikinis and gowns, and answered questions as the glamorous squad was whittled down to one. First the list was cut to 15 women and then to 10, although audience members voted for one of the women cut from the contest — Miss Kentucky — to be reinstated, bringing the number back to 11. The billionaire business magnate sparked a firestorm over his comments, saying Mexico was “sending people that have lots of problems… They’re bringing drugs.

Jordan, who takes over from 2014 winner Nia Sanchez of Nevada, was a standout during the interview segment when each contestant was asked two questions and given 30 seconds to answer each. Where others flubbed or appeared unsure of what to say, Jordan appeared confident and polished when asked what the next big issue is that the U.S. needs to tackle; she answered race relations. During the second interview question about which woman should be put on the new $10 bill, she initially suggested Oprah Winfrey before ending by naming Harriet Tubman, a former slave who led other escaped slaves to freedom.

Two months earlier, the United States Supreme Court had struck down laws across the country forbidding interracial marriages, and the waves of resistance that rippled across the South took years to dissipate. Asked afterward by The Associated Press about the Trump controversy, Jordan responded: “We have freedom of speech in this country, and immigration is certainly an important issue.” She added, “This organization is not one person. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who cited her Christian faith on June 30 as she refused to issue marriage licenses to any couple, gay or straight. This organization celebrates diversity, and I think that was clear on the stage tonight, and I look forward to spreading a message of love and diversity and acceptance.” The annual contest, generally known for its gorgeous evening dresses, sexy swimsuits, and sky-high heels was this year under an uncomfortable spotlight due to comments made by Trump, the pageant’s co-owner.

Now, once again, scattered patches of resistance will force the courts to intervene. “What we learn from this is that it shouldn’t be surprising, that it’s going to take some time, that change does not get fully accepted overnight,” he said. “But it does ultimately. In the end, people’s rights are going to be realized.” LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The executive director of Lexington home health agency has agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle allegations she paid doctors to refer patients to her agency then submitted Medicare claims for services provided to those patients. WLEX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1CyHRQehttp://bit.ly/1CyHRQe ) the Stark Law prohibits submitting claims that are the result of referrals from doctors an agency is compensating. The preliminary contest was held earlier this week and then the number of women remaining was progressively narrowed during the course of Sunday evening’s telecast.

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