Roma & the GZ Mosque – A Question of National Identity and Signs of Xenophobia

The media on both sides of the Atlantic have been feeding on two separate, but in my mind, related issues: the building of a mosque right nearby Ground Zero and the expulsion of “Roma” gypsies from France.  At the core of both situations is a latent question of xenophobia.  Both France and the US have a long history of immigration; albeit the USA was entirely built on immigration.  Both countries’ future relies heavily on their ability to attract immigrants and, emphatically, to be able to cultivate diversity. Yet, where is the line to be drawn before the national threshold feels compromised? Continue reading