In her introduction to Obama’s speech, a young Muslim woman, Sabah Muktar, explained why the visit is important to her and other Muslim Americans:
In these uncertain times, some of us might find ourselves doubting where we fit in this society. Personally, this visit by our president is an affirmation to all Muslims; we are just as American as any other. It’s a gesture that invites inclusiveness of all faiths and color. More importantly, it’s an assurance for the Muslim-American kids constantly bombarded by anti-Islamic rhetoric that they belong…
I strongly believe to a lot of Muslims out there, the appearance of our president in our local mosque today does exactly just that. And personally, reassures me that I, a proud black, Muslim African American, am just as American and have the obligation to fulfill my loyalty to my country as any other.
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Why Obama’s mosque visit is criticized — in a way George W. Bush’s wasn’t https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/02/04/why-obamas-mosque-visit-is-criticized-in-a-way-george-w-bushs-wasnt/ See also “Media stereotypes fuel support for anti-Muslim action, new research shows” http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/isu-msf020216.php