Positive role models (that are integrated into American society) are beneficial from many standpoints. It gives the ethnic group someone to look up to and it reinforces the American way of life. I’ve not heard of Oday Aboushi before today, but he has an interesting story:
As a Palestinian-American, the Jets’ offensive lineman is a rarity in the NFL. Oday Aboushi, drafted in the fifth round out after a standout career at the University of Virginia, is one of just a handful of players with that ethnic background.
”People weren’t just talking about me being a New York Jet, but being one of the first Arab-Americans, a Palestinian-American, to be drafted. It’s settling in now. It’s a different feeling, one that I’m embracing and really loving.”
As are Palestinian-Americans around the country. The short list of NFL players with Palestinian backgrounds includes former linebacker Tarek Saleh; former quarterback Gibran Hamdan, who is half Palestinian and half Pakistani; and former defensive lineman Nader Abdallah.
In news from the Middle East, Waleed Hammad dressed as a woman to experience the catcalls and harassment Egyptian women have to live through on a daily basis. The program Waleed appeared on is called Awel el Kheit or the Thread and it is hosted by Lena el-Ghadban. (Curiously Lena’s last name translates as the Angry One. No joke.)