Obama Campaign is About Political Change … Don’t Tell two Muslim Women (Hebba Aref & Shimaa Abdelfadeel) Wearing Head Scarves That
So the Barack Obama campaign claims to be about political change. That is until they are presented with the stigma of having to explain away Obama being a Muslim again. Two Muslim woman, Hebba Aref, 25, and her friend, Shimaa Abdelfadeel, were denied visible seats behind Barack Obama’s stage at Joe Louis Arena on Monday because they wore head scarves. So much for that Obama message of unity. Just another example of talk is cheap and one’s actions speak louder than words.
“I was kind of in shock that had happened,” said Aref, a Bloomfield Hills resident and graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. “I’ve lived here practically my whole life, and never been treated that way. It’s so ironic that it was at his rally, he obviously would not promote any discrimination at all.”
Aref said she received a phone call and apology from an Obama campaign offiicial, but said that’s not enough.
Think Obama is not more worried about his image and past perceptions that he is a Mulsim rather than his so-called message of unity? Think again. Once again Obama shows that he is nothing special as a politician … he is typical.
Building a human backdrop to a political candidate, a set of faces to appear on television and in photographs, is always a delicate exercise in demographics and political correctness. Advance staffers typically pick supporters out of a crowd to reflect the candidate’s message.
UPDATE I: Obama apologizes to Muslim women