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By Steven Salaita

This day is a tough time to be either Arab and American. in view that Sep 11 there was loads of feedback of America's involvement within the center east. but there was little research of ways the United States treats voters of Arab or heart japanese foundation inside its personal borders. Steven Salaita explores the truth of Anti-Arab racism in the United States. He blends own narrative, thought and polemics to teach how this deep-rooted racism impacts every little thing from laws to cultural existence, shining a gentle at the results of Anti-Arab racism either at domestic and abroad.Uniquely, the e-book exhibits how ingrained racist attitudes are available in the revolutionary routine at the political left, in addition to the proper. Salaita argues that, lower than the guise of patriotism, Anti-Arab racism fuels aid for regulations akin to the Patriot Act. Salaita breaks down the facade of Anti-Arab racism with an insightful research, arguing for the urgency of a dedication to openness and inclusion in cutting-edge political weather.

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Not some Arabs. Not a minority of Arabs. All Arabs are evil, including the elderly, the infants, and the incapacitated. Americans, though, are good. Not a minority of Americans. Not some Americans. Not the majority of Americans. All Americans are good, including the White supremacists, backwoods militias, and corporate embezzlers. This is what all American children learn, at least Salaita 01 intro 39 11/1/06 16:31:29 40 ANTI-ARAB RACISM IN THE USA those who bother to watch the news (especially Fox News) or read the editorial sections of many newspapers.

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. My thick brown glasses kept slipping down my nose as my brother and I played soccer. He kicked the ball over the neighbor’s fence. I went to get it. I remember it even more in adulthood. I remember the sun glistening from the cane raised above my head. I remember running into the house, crying. I remember my father and the bald, elderly man standing on opposite sides of a fence, screaming.

Because he has never experienced racism, he finds it impossible to imagine that racism actually exists, which is ironic since he illuminates one of its classic features in the article under discussion. And because he articulates racism while concurrently arguing against its existence, he Salaita 01 intro 32 11/1/06 16:31:28 PERILOUS WORLD O F S AVA G ES A N D B A R B A R I A N S 33 must manufacture a discourse that delegitimizes those who document it empirically or through personal exposition. He thus anoints himself a spokesperson for Arabs, especially Arabs who claim to be victims of racism.

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