Posted by Rojas @ 1:58 pm on November 6th 2012

Tiens ta foy

In 2000, Muslim Americans voted by a 70% majority for George W. Bush. 9/11 happened, and the GOP went crazy. In 2004, approximately 4% of Muslim Americans voted to re-elect him. And then things got exponentially worse. Rany Jazayerli, Syrian-American and probably the most prominent Kansas City Royals fan on the web, discusses the matter at great length in a post which I insist that you read the entirety of.

I cannot fault anyone who chooses to cast a default anti-GOP vote over Republican treatment of Muslim Americans. It is a shame of historical proportions. And as Rany points out, it may very well cost Republicans the White House today:

There is simply no way that I can justify voting for a party that denies the very legitimacy of my identity as an American. And there is no way that I can justify voting for any member of that party that does not, in the strongest possible terms, denounce that view. Nor can most other members of the American Muslim community, who just happen to be clustered in swing states like Ohio, Virginia, and Florida. If Nate Silver is right, not only will Romney lose the election, but it can be safely said that if the Muslim community had voted the same way they had in 2000, he would have won.


  1. Hard to overstate how fantastic – and devastating – that essay is. I would pay actual cash money to get that posted on, say, The Corner.

    And as much as I make sport of parrying criticism of the GOP – and I’m usually being genuine (not always) because I often feel people do it in a rote or carcictatured way – I cannot defend against the claim that muslims being un-American and dangerous has pretty much become a central platform of the party. Even the moderates who dismiss it when faced with it explicitly still seem to internalize it in their core.

    The example I always remember was this.

    At the time, McCain was widely praised (including, sort of, here) for his response.

    “He’s an Arab”
    “No ma’am. He’s a decent family man citizen.”

    But my first reaction wasn’t “the courage!” it was “da fuck?!” And the more I thought about it the madder it made me.

    I cannot imagine being a muslim in America in this day and age. Nor would I blame one jot any muslim who will forever refuse pulling the lever for a Republican (I had forgotten that about the pre-911 voting breakdowns).

    And, incidentally, before Democrats get off to high and mighty, I will cop to believing that one of the strong undercurrents behind the lack of caring regarding Obama’s drone strike program, surveillance, assassination, is a dehumanization of victims – the belief that, come on, muslims and Arab targets don’t really count the same way.

    Anyway, thanks for posting. That’s great. Also, I had been curious how Royals fans viewed the Santana pickup, which I like, but then again I don’t have a read on how close the MLB club is to making a splash.

    Comment by Brad — 11/6/2012 @ 6:01 pm

  2. Rany is more optimistic about Santana than many of us are. But then, as an American Muslim, a backer of Syrian democracy, and a lifelong Royals fan, Rany has pretty much cornered the market on lost causes.

    Comment by Rojas — 11/6/2012 @ 6:10 pm

  3. Truly a great article. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Cameron — 11/6/2012 @ 7:12 pm

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