Photographer: Alexa Singer
Model: Akuol G. De Mabior
(please do not remove credit)
that sand must have been burning but cool pics
How I look when I sun-bathe.
HMMMMMM that skin tone
AM I the only one who thinks this is racist?
On one level, I think she’s referring to black as the night, on another level she has picked on the disadvantages of being black. I wonder what she would say later about this video when she grows up, mmmmmmm
Zora Neale Hurston.
How It Feels to Be Colored Me
Although Africans have been in Palestine for centuries, most people know little about this migration. For centuries, under the Ottoman Empire and before, slaves were brought from Africa. Some older people today remember stories told by their parents or grandparents of how they came to be in Palestine. Therefore it is possible to discover something of the later history of slavery. Several people mentioned that they had heard that there was a big slave market in Egypt and one ‘white’ Bedouin told me that his grandfather had been a slave trader who travelled regularly to Egypt. Most people with any idea of where their ancestors came from mention Sudan or Ethiopia. Sometimes they know the name of the town. Indeed, it is probable that many Africans came from these countries as they are near to Palestine. However, one woman I spoke to pointed out that ‘we just say Sudan because we do not know and because the name means ‘place of black people. It could just as easily have been Congo!
HIDDEN HISTORY, SECRET PRESENT: THE ORIGINS AND STATUS OF AFRICAN PALESTINIANS by Susan Beckerleg, translated by Salah Al Zaroo
This is part one of a documentary made by women about the racism they face in their community in Rahat. I had no idea that inter-racial marriage was so frowned on in their culture. To hear these people talk about being called slaves…it’s infuriating.
The worst thing about this is that the “white” Palestinians never have to own their racism. They can call it tradition, or cling to this imaginary concept that because it is forbidden in Islam, it is impossible for them to be racist. Has religion ever stopped someone from being a racist before? Did it stop slavery? That’s some pretty advanced denial right there.
To be fair, I’ve never been treated the way the people in the video have. But I’m not Palestinian or Arab, I can’t even imagine how they feel. I think that people in my age group and younger are going to be less moved by ethnic chauvinism. In the meantime, I want to learn more about this.