Black lives should matter in the Middle East too, so where is the rage?

In response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, people around the world have taken to the streets in huge numbers in solidarity with protesters in America. The Black Lives Matter movement is gaining momentum and the rage has gone global.

Except, it must be said in the Middle East, where there is a deafening silence despite the fact that changes are needed in the region. This is beyond dispute, as the Arabs are rooted in a history of oppression, and have contributed to and promoted anti-black discrimination, especially in the Gulf States.

Overt racism is evident with entertainers backing up routinely. Such racist entertainment originated in 19th-century America, but is now common in Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait and other Arab media production hubs. Racism remains an embedded and largely unquestioned issue.

English | June 9, 2020



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