Mar 7, 2007

Is it just me?

Or does Neely Tucker's profile of Ayaan Hirsi Ali seem a touch condescending?
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."

Perhaps so.

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.

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