Winthrop Rockefeller on Muslims

Oct 7, 2016

Fifty years ago this November [2016], Winthrop Rockefeller was elected Arkansas’s first Republican governor in almost a century. In the oil business in the 1940s, he spent time in the Middle East. He later reflected: “I know it is difficult for us not to think of ourselves as superior to people who are as different from us in culture, background, customs and religion as the Moslems….[But] it is up to us to work together to bring about that rapport which will enable us to live together in peace and mutual respect. I am sure that, if we work toward that goal, our feeling of superiority will fade away, and we will come to regard them—as different, yes, in many ways—but as equal in every real sense of human qualities.”