Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor's heritage has become an unnecessary issue in the 68th Assembly District electoral race. This is a shame. How he identifies himself culturally really has no bearing on whether he would make a good state legislator. The argument should be confined to his record as mayor — one that deserves a good degree of criticism from where we sit — and it should not focus on how he may have missed an opportunity to reach out to Arab Americans during these frightening times of Islamophobia in America.
To recap: Mansoor was born in the United States to an Egyptian father, who was Christian, and a mother from a region of Finland influenced by Sweden. Mansoor attends a Christian church and has blogged that he doesn't really want to be lumped under the Arab American label. He has also gone on record saying that he recognizes his diverse roots as the son of immigrants from two continents, but sees himself more as an unhyphenated American.