From a midwestern state in America’s heartland, a young middle school boy challenged Ben Carson’s statement that he would not support the concept of a Muslim president, according to ABC News on Thursday. Yusuf Dayur, 12, a resident of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, told Carson in a video that he would be the first Muslim President. Dayur, addressing Carson directly in the video, said that as a black and Muslim American, he will “break that Muslim boundary.”
Dayur asked Carson how he would react if someone told him that he could not run because of his “color,” or because of his “race.” Dayur then asked Carson how he would respond if someone told him that he could not run for President because of his faith. Dayur then admonished Carson: “That’s what you did to me.”
Dayur then told Carson that he had “shattered” his dreams with his statements about not believing that a Muslim should run for president. Dayur’s father, Mohammed, said that his son is “serious” about his future plans. Mohammed stated that his son will begin his political career with a run for student body president at his high school.
Carson, in a recent statement, had remarked that he would not support the concept of a Muslim candidate for president for fear that the candidate would not exemplify basic American values nor follow its culture. Carson stated that it is important to him that presidential candidates follow the American way of life, i.e, culture, values, and traditions.
It appears to this observer that Yusuf Dayur is that potential candidate who meets Carson’s criteria for American values, culture and traditions. Dayur believes that a person should not be denied the chance to run for America’s highest office on the basis of faith. Dayur also believes that all Americans from all faiths and walks of life should be allowed to participate in the American dream. Both of these beliefs exemplify the American values of religious freedom and economic mobility.
Eden Prairie is a mid-sized suburb of Minneapolis with a population of around 63,000 people. It is a city of lakes and parks and a thriving economy. The unemployment rate is around five percent, much better than that of comparable cities throughout America. The median household income in Eden Prairie is around $95,000.
It appears to this observer that Dayur comes from a city that exemplifies the basic core values, culture and traditions of which Carson was speaking in his remarks. It appears that Eden Prairie, like most other American cities, is a place where any citizen of any faith and any national heritage can embark upon a career and attain the American Dream.
The one thing that distinguishes Eden Prairie is the fact that it is home to a middle schooler who was bold enough to challenge a leading GOP Presidential candidate and announce that he also will be running for President. Yusuf Dayur made it clear that America extends its promise of religious freedom to him as well. Lady Liberty reaches out to Dayur as it does to all Americans of any faith or heritage. Eden Prairie is proud of its outspoken middle schooler and America will be following Dayur’s political career as it emerges.