It's not something I want to report on but I'm saddened, even angered, that the Obama campaign withdrew it's offer of seats behind Obama in Detroit to two women who were wearing head scarves.
It wasn't Obama who made this decision but a member of the campaign staff who felt, what? that if anyone saw women in head scarves behind the podium, the media, the right-wing Republicans and Fundamentalists would make a big deal out of it?
Well, they WOULD make a big deal out of it. The media justs waits for something, anything, to nit-pick about. They do it to Obama, they do it to McCain, they did it to Hillary. Something that they think will horrify and draw an audience.
So does that mean Obama staffers should discriminate? Act in such a way as to preclude Muslim women in scarves? Muslim men in beards?
In the past have presidential campaign staffers picked and chosen only certain faces to stand behind a presidential candidate? You bet they have! Have they made sure there weren't too many black faces? too many Latino faces? You bet! Don't want "white" America thinking their candidate is "liked too much" by certain people.
But if Obama is different, if he is pledged to diversity then his staffers CAN'T discriminate. And Obama should let them know exactly that. AND he should invite Hebba Aref to a future event and have her sit behind him and a little bit to the left so the TV camera can see her.
Read an article in Politico