By Viji Sundaram, Aug 25, 2010 9:00 PM
Just last week, a young man tried unsuccessfully to get his boarding pass in the New Orleans International Airport from a self-service machine. Damn, I heard him mutter as he walked away from the kiosk and toward an airport agent. “Sir,” the harried agent told him when he asked her for a boarding pass, “you can get it from the machine.” “No I can’t,” he replied somewhat testily. “My name is Hussein.”
For Muslims, since 9/11, their names have become the equivalent of wearing the scarlet letter. Hussein is President Obama’s middle name, and Republicans desperately want the public to believe he is a Muslim. A recent poll indicates that one in five Americans actually do.