Recent comments from Ilhan Omar (D) representative from Minnesota have the internet on fire. Many Americans are wondering if she is a danger to the republic, whilst others are defending her hyperbolic rhetoric laying claim that she's a patriotic American.
Her comments beg the question. Considering she is addressing an audience at CAIR, Council on American Islamic Relations, does she know the date that CAIR was formed? CAIR was formed in 1994. Given her statement that CAIR was founded because "some people did something", is blatantly false.
Another issue to be discussed is exactly what access to civil rights had Muslim Americans have to endure that the average American did not? Increased screening at airport security? Every American had to put up with long lines at the Transportation Security Agency. Instituted travel required Americans to remove footwear, sweaters, dispose of beverages, restrictions on transportation of shampoo, mouth wash toothpaste.
Were Muslim Americans rounded up and searched because they were eating out with friends, or attending a movie event. Were they illegally detained? Exactly what civil liberties were they denied?
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, someone should remind Ms. Omar, the great extent Americans went to to make Muslims feel that America was their home. "President George W. Bush, members of his administration and Congress repeatedly spoke out against blaming any one national or religious group for the wrongdoing of a small number of fanatics. America’s media, which in the past has enjoyed dumping on Arabs and Muslims, responded to the frequent admonitions and worked hard to provide relatively balanced media coverage."
What could have been a potential huge backlash, was instead transformed into a celebration of diversity. Omar reminds Americans of this every day she sits in the House with her antisemitic rhetoric against Americans and Jews. She goes to great lengths to remind Americans how insignificant their culture is by laying claim that the world trade center attack was, "some people did something."
In addition to her antisemitic remarks on twitter there is a video about her bragging about her college experience where she took a "terrorism class," and the instructor was all proud of Al Qaeda.
Omar has made statements disparaging the United States government, as she commented in Vogue Arabia about living in America, "It’s an everyday assault. Every day, a part of your identity is threatened, demonized, and vilified. Trump is tapping into an ugly part of our society and freeing its ugliness. It’s been a challenge to try to figure out how to continue the inclusion; how to show up every day and make sure that people who identify with all the marginalized identities I carry, feel represented. It’s transitioning from the idea of constantly resisting to insisting in upholding the values we share – that this is a society that was built on the idea that you could start anew. And what that celebrates is immigrant heritage.”
Omar, who fled Somalia with her father and grandfather, lived in a Kenyan refugee camp for four years before resettling in the United States.
When confronted about the cultural differences, “It was the first time that all of the identities I carried and had pride in, became a source of tension,” she recalls. “When you’re a kid and you’re raised in an all-black, all- Muslim environment, nobody really talks to you about your identity. You just are. There is freedom in knowing that you are accepted as your full self. So the notion that there is a conflict with your identity in society was hard at the age of 12.”
The United States has 7% of the worlds Somali migrant population according to Pew research. America which has been a melting pot for centuries and a land of opportunity for everyone who wishes to succeed is being challenged by this Congresswoman.
America is an amazing country with a wealth of opportunity for people who wish to utilize the freedoms bestowed to its citizens. Those who wish to assimilate themselves, learn the language and the culture. It is a place where people have the ability to disagree with the government without being imprisoned or having their assets seized. People are free to pursue any legal opportunity they desire, and to help anyone they feel are in need.
Americans do not discriminate based on race, color, or religion despite what the main stream media is reporting. Omar has spent her time trying to drum up antisemitism as well as anti-Americanism from her twitter account.
Unbeknownst to the majority of Americans, Omar has campaigned for leniency for people who have traveled overseas to join the terror group ISIS. Where, "Rep. Omar asked Judge Davis for “compassion” and a “restorative approach to justice,” concluding that “this ruling can set a precedent and has the potential to be a landmark case in addressing extremism.”
Regardless of ones race, religion, or sexual orientation, we believe that being an American should be viewed as a privilege. As Omar sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, does she also believe in American exceptionalism? Or is she trying to transform America into the land she fled from?
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