Kevin James

The author is a former firefighter and supervising fire marshal with the New York City Fire Department who responded to Ground Zero on 9/11. He was one of several Muslim Americans profiled in the PBS documentary "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet". He was accepted into the Revson Fellows at Columbia University and graduated from Columbia Law School as a Stone Scholar. He interned with the Center for Constitutional Rights as an Ella Baker Fellow in 2005 where he assisted in fighting racial discrimination in the FDNY on behalf of the Vulcan Society as well as finding legal counsel for Guantanamo detainees.


The author is a former firefighter and supervising fire marshal with the New York City Fire Department who responded to Ground Zero on 9/11. He was one of several Muslim Americans profiled in the PBS documentary "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet". He was accepted into the Revson Fellows at Columbia University and graduated from Columbia Law School as a Stone Scholar. He interned with the Center for Constitutional Rights as an Ella Baker Fellow in 2005 where he assisted in fighting racial discrimination in the FDNY on behalf of the Vulcan Society as well as finding legal counsel for Guantanamo detainees.



ARTICLES BY Kevin James



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Embracing Apostasy

Growing up in an interracial household during the turbulent 1960s and ’70s in Crown Heights Brooklyn left me with a mi


Growing up in an interracial household during the turbulent 1960s and ’70s in Crown Heights Brooklyn left me with a mixture of dread and ambiguity with respect to self-identity. Owning the distinction of being called “high-yellow” and a curly haired Jew in the same lifetime, I often stared in the mirror for long stretches of […]

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Dark Mirror

It seemed like a good idea at the time. I was president of the FDNY Islamic Society, which was embroiled in disputes wit


It seemed like a good idea at the time. I was president of the FDNY Islamic Society, which was embroiled in disputes with the fire commissioner regarding issues that included non-emergency building inspections at area mosques that interrupted congregational services on Fridays. Why not go to the next meeting of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association […]

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Becoming Exceptional

Like many others who watched the Democratic National Convention this summer, I was riveted by the raw emotion of the Gol


Like many others who watched the Democratic National Convention this summer, I was riveted by the raw emotion of the Gold Star parents who lost their son in Iraq. Below the words lay a justifiable anger directed at a pretender to greatness, to someone born with a gilded spoon in his mouth who demeans POWs […]

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Imagining America Through a Windshield

If nothing else, the 2016 presidential election exposed the competing narratives simmering below the surface of national


If nothing else, the 2016 presidential election exposed the competing narratives simmering below the surface of national discourse. Yet the choice seems clear not only on issues but also in the process. One candidate sees greatness in the distorted reflection of a rear-view mirror, while the other candidate must look through the windshield of the […]