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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Arab racism

After reading this, Darfur and the way the Egyptians treat African refugees come as no surprise either.
I have spent a fair amount of time in the Arab/Muslim world dating back from 1965 until 9-11. Have spent time in Turkey, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt,Tunisia and London. Ok, London's just a dig. I had read Malcolm X er, Alex Haley's biography where the epiphany happens in X's life when he realizes Muslims are not racists. My experience proved quite the opposite. One saw and still sees blacks treated as inferiors in all Arab society. On the streets one sees some mixing of the races in commerce etc. but no blacks in significant jobs private or civil. Remember that one of the complaints that the Muslim Brotherhood had about Sadat was that he was not full Arab, but part black. My wife goes to Uganda frequently where she works with a Black Jewish community, the Abayudaya. The black Ugandan Muslims are quite open to the Jews and Americans and avoid the Arab and Iranian Muslims because they feel the racism emanating from their co-religionists.
I never knew that about Sadat. Hmmm.


At 4:02 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Our current ruling class does not like to read descriptions of anything that came before (i.e., history) and certainly would gag to read something by Winston Churchill. But here's a captivating way to read about Darfur and Sudan's Egypt-Turk run slave trade and slaughters. And those oppressive Brits, who could not stand to leave people to suffer in their uninterrupted state, so they put in a rail line and ran off the slaughterers (i.e., defeated them). It's been read out loud by a guy with an excellent voice. And you can listen FOR FREE online or download it and put it as a playlist on your itunes/ipod. 1898... waaaayyy before there was the modern Jewish State of Israel...


At 4:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slavery was legal in Saudi Arabia until 1961. Arabs were engaged in the slave trade in Africa centuries before Europeans and for more than a thousand years in all. It's funny how they've managed to avoid the rap for that.


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