Congress’ First Muslim
I heard an interview on the radio this morning with Keith Ellison, who is running for a seat in the House of Representatives in Minnesota. His election would be historic not only because he’d be the first Black Representative from Minnesota ever, but also because he would be the first known Muslim elected to Congress.
In a perfect world, this would be a non-issue. Sadly, we live in a world that is rampant with imperfection, often times manifesting itself as racism, bigotry, and hatred. Sites like this one have popped up attacking Ellison. They don’t attack his stances; they mainly focus on his religion.
This article makes an interesting point:
[Council on American-Islamic Relations Spokesman Corey] Saylor attributed the fact that there have been no Muslims in Congress to two things: The Muslim political movement in America is in its infancy, with the first groups having started less than two decades ago, and the lasting effects of Sept. 11 and the negative perceptions about Muslims that have resulted.
That sounds eerily similar to the position that Black people in this country were in last century. Why is our political movement still in its infancy?
Lastly, shout out to Wayne State University in Detroit, where Ellison attended college.