Assimilation is Not Enough: American Muslims as Modern Cherokee?

Great post at Ta-Nehesi Coates’ blog from last month (which I only saw today), in which he notes the parallels between anti-indigenous sentiment towards the Cherokee during the years of Jacksonian White Supremacy (known to “scholars” as Jacksonian “democracy”), and today’s anti-Muslim bias. Despite the ways that both Cherokee and American Muslims sought (or have sought) to largely assimilate within the dominant culture, they were/are still hated and feared, calling into question what it will take to satisfy the unhinged haters who oppose Cordoba House, or Muslim presence generally in the U.S.

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