Why The Khans Are A Gift To America (featured on Bustle)
As an Arab-American woman of Muslim immigrant heritage, the rhetoric of this political season has often left me torn between outrage and despair. While blaming minorities and "outsiders" is a time-honored political tradition, the Trump campaign has made an art of the low blow. Fromdemonizing Mexicans to deriding the disabled, the Republican candidate takes apparent pride in violating the basic codes of respectful — or factually accurate — dialogue. What's worse, though, are the festive crowds that flock to Trump and use his bullying tactics as an excuse to air the worst of their own prejudices and fears. Promising to "make America great again" through exclusion and regression, Trump has continued to rise in the polls, while what faith I had in this country's greatness has drained away.
That is, until last week, when something unexpected happened. (read more)