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Obama Points Out What We Don’t Know About Muslim Americans

Activism Culture United States
Photo: Alex Wall
Amanda Machado
Feb 4, 2016

ON WEDNESDAY, OBAMA VISITED HIS FIRST U.S. MOSQUE as president. In his remarks, he reminded Americans that Muslim share a patriotism for this country that is too often ignored. He reminded us that Muslims compete on our sports teams, fight in our military, and have historically “fought and bled and died for our freedom.” He called out “distorted media portrayals” and “inexcusable political rhetoric” for giving American inaccurate portrayals of people who share this faith.

He also shared letters he’d received from Muslim children and parents expressing fear for their safety in the United States.

He assured the Muslim community, “You’re right where you belong. You’re part of America too. You’re not Muslim or American. You’re Muslim and American.”

Check out the videos below to see his remarks:

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