'Not Who We Are': At Mosque, Obama Laments 'Inexcusable' Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
President Obama delivered remarks this afternoon at a Baltimore mosque in the first visit to a U.S. mosque of his presidency.
The president lamented the fact that he's received letters recently from Muslim-American teens who are concerned about their safety and from Muslim-American adults fearful about their children being mistreated at school.
"I've had people write to me and say: I feel like I'm a second-class citizen," he noted.
Obama said that a 13-year-old girl from Ohio wrote that she's "scared," while another from Texas described herself as a "confused 14-year-old trying to find her place in the world."
"That's not who we are," he said, adding that we are "one American family" and no part of the family should be made to feel "second class."
Obama said some parents told him about their children asking if they would have to leave the country or be "rounded up."
"These are children just like mine," he said, adding that Sikhs and others who are perceived to be Muslims have also been targeted recently following "inexcusable political rhetoric."
He said that many people only hear about Islam on the "news after an act of terrorism" or in "distorted media portrayals in TV or film."
Obama said that after the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, people have wrongly "conflated the horrific acts of terrorism with the beliefs of an entire faith."
Watch a portion of his speech above.