The biggest issue in the world is what is going on between Palestine and Israel. I personally refuse to take a side. My heart breaks for those innocents that are caught in between the self-serving arrogance, religious fanaticism and inhumanity of small men with little diplomacy skills. However, I for one cannot understand how my Black American progressive friends can talk about the injustices over there without addressing the deportation, abuse and enslavement of Black people there. This isn’t happening in the United States or in an European country. This is going on in the Middle East and parts of Africa. This topic is rarely discussed but it is happening in Palestine and all over the Arab world.
Here is an interview with Dinka Bol Gai Deng and Dr. Abdelgabar Adam. Dinka Bol Gai Deng was enslaved in Sudan and Dr. Abdelgabar Adam was a Darfur refugee.
“Arab racism towards Africans has for long been a taboo subject, considering that it is politically incorrect to voice out the obvious: That Arabs, who are mostly Muslims, are racists to boot and consider Africans, Muslim or Christian, as inferior.
Reference is made to the book of Genesis and the three sons of Noah – Ham, Japheth and Shem. Arabs claim that “the accursed Ham was the progenitor of the black race; that Japheth begat the full-faced, small eyed Europeans, and that Shem fathered the handsome Arabs with beautiful face and hair.”
Arab philosophers carefully tilled the ground in order to make racism towards Africans and all Blacks by their kin a proud cultural heritage. Ibn Sina (Avicenna 980–1037), Arab’s most famous and influential philosopher/scientist in Islam, described Blacks as “people who are by their very nature slaves.” He wrote: “All African women are prostitutes, and the whole race of African men is abeed (slave) stock.” He finally equates black people with “rats plaguing the earth.” Of Gaddafi and Arab racism towards Blacks
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Ibn Khaldum, an Arab historian who is revered especially by Algerians, stated that “Blacks are characterized by levity and excitability and great emotionalism,” adding that “they are every where described as stupid.”
Al-Dimashqi, often described as a pseudo Arab scientist, wrote: “the Equator is inhabited by communities of blacks who may be numbered among the savage beasts. Their complexion and hair are burnt and they are physically and morally abnormal. Their brains almost boil from the sun’s heat…”
Ibn al-Faqih al-Hamadhani said of Black people: “…the zanj (the blacks) are overdone until they are burned, so that the child comes out between black, murky, malodorous, stinking, and crinkly-haired, with uneven limbs, deficient minds, and depraved passions…” Of Gaddafi and Arab racism towards Blacks – Afrik-news.com
This is what is happening today:
“For years, observers interested in probing a little more deeply in Iraqi society than the typical Western news stations found that the sizable black population in Iraq endures a form of virulent racism that African Americans haven’t seen in more than 50 years. Blacks there say they are regularly called “slave” and followed by groups of kids yelling epithets.
The Canadian academic Salim Mansur has claimed, “Blacks are viewed by Arabs as racially inferior, and Arab violence against blacks has a long, turbulent record.” Blacks in North Africa and Middle East Often Face Virulent Racism from Arabs Atlanta Black Star
Here is an excerpt from “My Slave, My Infidel.”
Sudanese refugees are treated horribly but today some Black Americans are crying for others:
CAIRO — On a dirt lane in the poor Arba wa Nus neighborhood, Malles Tonga, a Sudanese refugee, spoke loudly about the brutality of Egyptian police and blamed President Hosni Mubarak for their behavior.
Suddenly, an Egyptian merchant emerged from a nearby dry-goods store, shouted an Egyptian slur for black Africans and yelled: “If you don’t like it here, go home!”
The use of the expletive exemplifies the plight of Sudanese who come to Egypt as refugees: They fear going home, but the welcome mat in Egypt, always thin of resources and tolerance is almost threadbare. Egypt Is Uneasy Stop For Sudanese Refugees, Washington Post.
Like I said, what is happening there is horrible but where is the outcry for our Black people? Black people are being stolen from their homes and enslaved right now. Imagine if this was your family. Imagine the outrage. Where are the Facebook pages? Where are the spokes people on TV? My advice is before you take a side at least take some time to get to know who and what you are supporting.
Descent slavery is where people are born into slavery or belong to a slave caste. It predominantly exists in West Africa in the following countries:
Even though slavery was banned in Mauritania in 1981 it still goes on today:
SOS Slavery says there could be up to 600,000 slaves – many of them used as bonded labour – in Mauritania. That would add up to 20% of the population although the BBC’s Ed Horton says those figures are difficult to verify. Mauritania’s parliament has unanimously passed legislation making the practice of slavery punishable by up to 10 years in prison, The BBC
Black Muslims face racism and treated like second class citizen caste by Arabs in Yemen
As of 2002,
Sudan: Between 5,000 and 14,000 abducted since 1983
Millions of girls forced into domestic service worldwide
Hundreds of boys trafficked to the Gulf to race camels
(Source: BBC and Anti-Slavery International)