August 29, 2006
AMERICA’S MUSLIMS: “Not as assimilated as you think.”
UPDATE: Aziz Poonawalla says “yes we are!”
ANOTHER UPDATE: I got several emails from American Muslim readers, along the lines of this one:
You’ve probably gotten a lot of responses like this, but I feel I must add to the chorus. American muslims are definitely integrated and as fully American as any other ethnic group. More so than many groups, in fact. The blindingly obvious difference with European muslims is that American muslims have not had the same job and class racism as exists in Europe and are for the most part have been able to reach the middle or upper classes. In fact, about 60% of all Americans of middle-eastern descent are college educated, compared to about 40% of all immigrants, and 25.9% of all U.S. citizens … My own ethnic group, Americans of Egyptian descent, have about 80% college graduation rates. Hardly a poor, uneducated, unassimilated underclass.
This seems right to me, and I hope it is.