At my neighborhood elementary school, I coach O. and F. and Z. in the chess club. They’re decent family kids, citizens who I occasionally have disagreements with. They’re also Arab Americans, with parents who immigrated in the 1990s from coastal Somalia and Yemen. I see their fathers in the neighborhood stores where they work. I see their mothers when we take our kids to the neighborhood park. They seem to be decent families working toward citizenship.
I wonder what they make of John McCain’s answer to a woman at one of his rallies who declared “I don’t trust Obama: he’s an Arab.” McCain replied: “No, ma’am. He’s a decent, family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with.”
Are Arabs really incapable of decency and incapable of familial relations? Are the millions of Arab American citizens not really citizens? Or does John McCain need another attitude readjustment at this late date in his life?