The rise of Islamophobia in America is getting out of hand. And it’s completely unwarranted. Agent Orange’s travel ban would have you think otherwise. But he’s wrong and so is anyone who agrees with him. Muslims and Muslim Americans have actually done quite a bit for our country.
If you really want to go there, even Trump Tower would not have been built were it not for Fazlur Rahman Khan, a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect. But I bet Agent Orange wouldn’t know anything about that. He helped bring in a renaissance in skyscraper construction in the second half of the 20th century. Skyscrapers would not be that they are today without him.
Or, we can go all the way back to America’s beginning. With Bampett Muhammad, fighting for the Virginia Line between 1775 and 1783. Obviously, George Washington did not have a problem with anyone from the Muslim faith fighting in his army. But I bet Agent Orange wouldn’t know anything about that.
In 1963, neurosurgeon Ayub Ommaya invented an intraventricular catheter system which is used in chemotherapy for brain tumors. In addition, he created the first coma score for classification of traumatic brain injury.
The kingdom of Morocco was the first country to recognize the U.S.. Morocco is largely Muslim and the two countries have the longest unbroken treaty between one another in U.S. history.
There are Muslim charity groups such as the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Bay Area Islamic Networks Group, Dearborn’s ACCESS, Helping Hand for Relief and Development and the UMMA Clinic in Los Angeles.
They’ve even got in influence in pop culture. How many Muslim rappers are you aware of? There’s Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube, Lupe Fiasco, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Talib Kweli, Q-Tip. Legends in the game. One of them, Busta, giving us a new name for the commander in chief: Agent Orange. Then there are other American heroes like Muhammad Ali.
Muslims have been shaping America since the very beginning. They’re apart of the American fabric just like anyone else. As President Barack Obama once said, “Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbours, our co-workers, our sports heroes. And yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country.”