The Mali ‘Spider-Man’ Was Offered French Citizenship. What About the Muslim Migrants Who Aren’t Superheroes?

Source: Time

Hellyer is a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Royal United Services Institute in London, and the author of “A Revolution Undone: Egypt’s Road Beyond Revolt” and “Muslims of Europe: the ‘Other’ Europeans.”

Your friendly neighborhood Spiderman just rescued a toddler from a French balcony—but, of course, he wasn’t a comic book character. He was a real human being—a migrant from Mali, who, for his bravery, was celebrated in the French press and internationally, and awarded French citizenship by President Emmanuel Macron. It’s a beautiful story. Mamoudou Gassama’s courage was inspiring, and he saved a child in the process.

But for many of us, it has also been a bittersweet reminder of the kinds of expectations we place on immigrants to prove themselves; the arbitrariness of migration policies; and the kind of exceptionialism that shapes our attitudes toward migrants—particularly Muslim migrants.

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2 replies

  1. Well, this spiderman has showed courage and initiative. He will definitely be an asset to the Paris Fire Brigade. In a way all migrants are showing initiative by the fact that they managed to come to Europe in the first place. It is only, let’s say the top 10% who showed such initiative. Still, the spiderman of course was / is outstanding. He deserves a special chance. (and I hope others will get a chance too)

  2. Radiq—He deserves a special chance. (and I hope others will get a chance) —

    There are so many things that Muslim can do extraordinary act for non Muslim— in non Muslim countries— but unfortunately Most Muslim who live in non Islamic countries thing about Islam itself— how to spread Islam, how to create Halal Grocery— how to build Mosque— how to build Madrassah etc etc

    Only few people how to create jobs non only for Muslim but to all people. That is a big problem with Muslim immigrant— this mind set should be changed if Muslim want to contribute something to non Muslim society.

    Ahmadiyyah should change that kind of idea, if Ahmadiyyah want to get a reward from Goverment.

    All love ❤️

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