"This is the real face of Arab Americans, not the stereotypes you hear about," said Zouheir Alawieh, 51, of Dearborn. "We have culture. We have beauty. We have history, and today we made history. ... She believed in her dreams."Selling the 'American Dream,' is the most over used cliche in journalism. This idea of making history based on race and culture has an all too familiar ring. I'm not suggesting this is lame ideal by any means, but I do pause to question the motives and propaganda and wonder if this is indeed 'fair' or merely opportunistic. This smells wickedly of exploitation motivated and hidden behind a gigantic snowball.
In the wake of war, economic depression (hitting Michigan the hardest), recent terrorism, oil spilling, discrimination, stereotypes, religion and cultural misunderstandings, I ponder the impact this decision will truly have. Will Rima change the face of American women and break down barriers, inspire tolerance, economic growth, or will those in the middle-east see the bikini clad Muslin woman parading around a stage as just another corruption created by the evil super power, the USA?
The crowning of Rima is deemed to change America's perspective and judgement of Muslin Arab-Americans, but will she change how the middle east views our country? Who gains politically and culturally from this 'historic' event?