Through The Static

June 23, 2008

Some Muslim Americans Feel Shunned by Obama

Filed under: Elections,Politics,Race — ausaydong @ 3:05 pm

Interesting take on Obama and the Muslim community. The NYT writes about how Obama’s campaign attempt to distance itself from Muslim Americans may have backfired:

When Mr. Obama began his presidential campaign, Muslim Americans from California to Virginia responded with enthusiasm, seeing him as a long-awaited champion of civil liberties, religious tolerance and diplomacy in foreign affairs. But more than a year later, many say, he has not returned their embrace.

While the senator has visited churches and synagogues, he has yet to appear at a single mosque. Muslim and Arab-American organizations have tried repeatedly to arrange meetings with Mr. Obama, but officials with those organizations say their invitations — unlike those of their Jewish and Christian counterparts — have been ignored. Last week, two Muslim women wearing head scarves were barred by campaign volunteers from appearing behind Mr. Obama at a rally in Detroit.

In interviews, Muslim political and civic leaders said they understood that their support for Mr. Obama could be a problem for him at a time when some Americans are deeply suspicious of Muslims. Yet those leaders nonetheless expressed disappointment and even anger at the distance that Mr. Obama has kept from them.

“This is the ‘hope campaign,’ this is the ‘change campaign,’ ” said Mr. Ellison, Democrat of Minnesota. Muslims are frustrated, he added, that “they have not been fully engaged in it.”

Aides to Mr. Obama denied that he had kept his Muslim supporters at arm’s length. 

Ever notice how aides are frequently blamed for mishaps? Is this a good political technique? Do you accept that as a viable excuse for mistakes?

Mr. Ellison, a first-term congressman, remains arguably the senator’s most important Muslim supporter. He has attended Obama rallies in Minnesota and appears on the Obama campaign’s Web site. But Mr. Ellison said he was also forced to cancel plans to campaign for Mr. Obama in North Carolina after an emissary for the senator told him the state was “too conservative.” Mr. Ellison said he blamed Mr. Obama’s aides — not the candidate himself — for his campaign’s standoffishness.

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1 Comment »

  1. Barack Obama is the same old shit, different color. It’s just nuanced I guess; he is different, yet he’s the same. Seems pretty telling that he can make time for anyone but Muslims.

    Comment by disciplepete — June 23, 2008 @ 11:38 pm | Reply


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