While President Obama has not presented a perfect candidacy for Muslim Americans, Zaheer Ali argues at the Islamic Monthly that his domestic policies, unlike those championed by Mitt Romney, have benefited all Americans and he has created the discursive space within which to challenge disagreeable policies.
The people of Egypt are looking to African Americans for solidarity in their struggle, just as we once looked to them in our own efforts to gain freedom and civil rights. When will we speak up for them?
The seminal TV show rode a wave of black achievement to challenge racial stereotypes. But Katie Couric's well-intentioned statements to the contrary, American Muslims will need more than a situation comedy to counter Islamophobia.