Colin Powell’s declaration – ‘So what if Obama is a Muslim?’ – was an overdue repudiation of Republican smears
After being treated as political kryptonite and depicted as enraged Orcs for the past seven years, Muslims and Arabs – the media’s modern day Morlocks – temporarily emerged as human beings thanks to Colin Powell’s Obama endorsement on Sunday.
The former US secretary of state partially redeemed his tarnished legacy by asking:
What if [Obama] is [a Muslim]? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is: No, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she can be president?
Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion: he’s a Muslim, and he might be associated with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.
Unfortunately, according to an increasingly vocal, racist and Islamophobic minority, which has been shamefully aided over the years by the inexcusable silence of a complicit mainstream media, there is something fundamentally “un-American” about wearing the contemporary Scarlet Letter: Muslim.