Fête nationale sans roi d’Arabie saoudite
You may not know it from watching the initially fanfare surrounding Barack Obama, but the Arab world still has an awful streak of anti-black racism.
Racism against blacks is often casual with Arabs, even educated ones, not hesitant to admit their dislike for blacks simply because they do not like them. It is crude racism. In some Arab colloquial dialects, blacks are refereed to as “slaves”. And some Arab political leaders (particularly Lebanese) often speak about they are so blesses that their country is not like the “jungles” of Africa and the Iraqi puppet prime minister Maliki recently said that Iraq is not like the “banana” nations of Africa. This is disgusting on its own, but even more sad considering that is it laughable that a Lebanese political leader would bless Lebanon as better than a “jungle” African nation (whatever that means!) considering that Lebanon was in a brutal and savage civil war for 15 years and the nation – which fancies itself the “Paris of the Middle East” – is constantly on the verge of civil war which would once again usher in the lawless rule of civilian-massacring militias. And Iraq appears to be more of a “banana” nation (whatever that means!) more than a many African nations. Last I checked, everyone praised South Africa for their excellent and warm hosting of the World Cup.
But such is the state of Arab racism and condescension toward black Africans, that they always view them as inferior. Even dark skinned Arabs in Sudan and Mauritania exhibit racist views toward darker skinned sub-Saharan Africans.
And recently this reached a new low naturally provided by the illiterate Saudi king (whose awful kingdom had to ban slavery more than once and still keeps indentured servants):
Did I tell you that the Saudi King declined the invitation to attend the French National Day because he did not want to be seated next to African heads of state? He probably told the French: my family still holds Africans as slaves in its palaces.