In response to an essay I wrote recently regarding the "essential blackness" of the Palestinian struggle, I received this reaction, among others: "What about Arab anti-black racism? " The Arab slave trade is a fact of history and anti-black racism is a fact of current reality, a shameful thing that must be confronted in Arab societies.Though I claim no expertise on the subject, I think that applying notions of racism as it exists in the US will preclude a real understanding of the subject in the Arab world.One witness acknowledged, “The Russians were coming and going the whole time and they kept eyeing us greedily. Without any consideration for my mother and aunt, who had to get out of bed, we were raped by the Russians, who always held a machine pistol in one hand.The nights were dreadful because we were never safe for a moment. I am sure that wild and hungry animals would not have behaved any differently.” Then this moving account by a young girl: “When we were lying in bed at night we kept hearing steps coming up the stairs. “They lay in bed with their dirty boots on, until the next lot came.
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