Oklahoma-born Muslim fights hate with country music

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, April 11, 2011 9:30 EDT
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Kareem Salama, an American Muslim born in the U.S. to parents who emigrated from Egypt, is not like most country music stars.

Yes, you read right: He’s a country music star … From Oklahoma, no less.

Salama has also been on a U.S. government-sponsored tour of the Middle East, sharing his experiences as a Muslim growing up in the heart of America’s conservative south. That tour, according to Mother Jones, is thanks to a fan of his at the State Department, who felt his message would be a powerful tool to encourage tolerance both at home and abroad.

Watch the video below to see why he could be the best thing to happen to country music since beer.

This video was published to YouTube on Dec. 9, 2009.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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