By Steven Salaita
A sophisticated account of anti-Arab racism in ultra-modern the United States and its position in supposedly 'liberal' groups, specifically due to the fact that Sept. 11.
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Extra info for Anti-Arab Racism in the USA: Where it Comes From and What it Means for Politics Today
It took me years to learn how not to keep silent in these moments, and if this book somehow encourages others to condemn the dehumanization of Arabs then I will consider it one of my life’s greatest successes. Although I spent much of my childhood confused and upset in the moments when I was perceived as threatening, I am not a child anymore and I have learned to fight back. Nor will I ever remain silent about Salaita 01 intro 28 11/1/06 16:31:28 EVOLUTION OF WH I T E S U P R E M A C Y 29 racism again.
Because Israel is a staunch ally of the United States and is the subject of much media coverage here, the Palestinians are represented overwhelmingly in American media. These representations, which often marginalize Palestinians by privileging Israeli narratives of suffering and American-style pioneering, produce a rhetorical framework in which anti-Arab racism flourishes. In fact, I would argue that Zionists (Christian and Jewish) in the United States are the biggest progenitors of anti-Arab racism today.
And yet a particular memory has played an important role in its formation. I remember it as if it were this morning. Tiny glass shards glistened in the sunlight. I could hear doors slamming. It was summer in Appalachia. I loved the summer when I was a child. ” I didn’t care. My father taught me to be proud that I am a nigger. “They’re jealous because they have money but nothing to belong to. You’ll understand when you’re older,” he would tell me. I am older. I still don’t understand. I remember that it was hot.
Anti-Arab Racism in the USA: Where it Comes From and What it Means for Politics Today by Steven Salaita