President-Elect Barack Obama

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Immense crowds are cheering. These two photographs tell the smaller stories that put Obama on the podium tonight. Phillyhappening saw these teenaged Muslim girls on a Philadelphia street last night. (Thanks, James Mills.) [phillyhappening / Flickr] David Smyth in Denver recorded this boy at a local Obama rally last week. (Hat tip ...

Powell Endorses Obama and Muslim Americans

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Endorsing Obama [elycefeliz / Flickr] Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Obama on Sunday in an interview with Tom Brokaw. The significance of this was hashed out yesterday: as a Republican retired Army general, Powell adds to Obama's commander-in-chief cred. For JCP, who is studying the Middle East at the University ...

Obama Is Not an Arab — But So What If He Were?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 16th, 2008

[John Weise / Flickr] At the same Minnesota rally last week at which McCain said Obama wasn't a scary guy, he also clarified that Obama is not an Arab. "No, ma'am," he said, in response to a woman who felt Obama was of Arab extraction, "No, ma'am. He's a decent family ...

What It Takes to Be a Muslim

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 21st, 2008

With last week's New Yorker flap and Obama in Iraq today, it seems a good time to feature this find from Sarolta Cump. It's a video made by 19-year-old Louma about what it means to be a Muslim. Directly relevant to the election? Maybe not. But vilification of Islam ...

The New Yorker Cover

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

This week's New Yorker cover shows Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim, Michelle outfitted as a Black Panther/terrorist, a flag burning in the fireplace, and Osama bin Laden in a gilt frame on the wall. It is, of course satire. Or it's supposed to be. It seems to be confusing ...