She wants a green card. She says she wants to stay and that she's tired, after five years of almost constant controversy.
"I'd like to buy a place, have a circle of friends around me, work, have a weekend. I'd like to try being an average American." In her first book, she wrote that "Right now the media are still lapping it up: a black woman who criticizes Islam. One day the magic around me will disappear."
But, you know, you have to wonder how idealized a concept she has of this country. You wonder what she'll make of the cultural incoherency: 50 Cent, Rosie O'Donnell, Jerry Falwell, Don DeLillo, the death penalty, the state of Idaho, college football, the gun lobby. She seems as if she'd be perfectly at home at a Georgetown reception as the only black person in the room and perfectly lost at a Harlem dinner party. She wouldn't rate an invitation to the Dearborn, Mich., Arab American dinner.
Mar 7, 2007
Is it just me?
Or does Neely Tucker's profile of Ayaan Hirsi Ali seem a touch condescending?