Rabat - In a White House press release, Barack and Michelle Obama honor Muslim Americans on the day of Eid, and share a message to combat racism and xenophobia that has been growing in the United States.
Rabat – In a White House press release, Barack and Michelle Obama honor Muslim Americans on the day of Eid, and share a message to combat racism and xenophobia that has been growing in the United States.
“Muslim Americans are as diverse as our nation itself—black, white, Latino, Asian, and Arab,” Obama wrote. “Eid celebrations around the country remind us of our proud history as a nation built by people of all backgrounds; our history of religious freedom and civil liberties, and our history of innovation and strength. These legacies would not be possible without the contributions of Muslim Americans that make our country even stronger.”
He also sends his condolences for the deaths as a result of the terrorist attacks in Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and in the US. In reaction to the terrorist violence, there has been a rise in hate crimes against Muslims that has affected many American citizens.
“In the face of hate, it’s our American values and strength that bring us together to stand in solidarity and protect one another—thereby, making our Nation stronger and safer,” he wrote.
According to Pew Research, there are about 3.3 million Muslim Americans, and the number is expected to increase significantly in the next 30 years.