August 23, 2006, - 2:25 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
All of the media–particularly the sports media–is fawning over 6-foot, 8-inch giant “Saudi Arabian” first baseman Aaron Durley of the Arabian American team in the Little League World Series.
But let’s be clear. Durley–and most of the rest of the team–is NOT a Saudi. He’s an American. One hint should be that he’s Black. In Saudi Arabia, most Blacks are slaves and/or servants to White Arabs. And even those who are not, are treated despicably. Blacks there are called “abed” (“slave”) or “abeed” (“slaves”)–the racist, common term for Blacks thoughout the Muslim Middle East. It is the Arabic N-word. (Flashback: Saudi Bin Laden willing to drop “color rule” to marry Whitney Houston.)
Durley’s team is made up of mostly American kids whose parents are in Saudi Arabia for one reason: they work for oil companies there.
So the next time you read headlines like the one in yesterday’s sports section in the print edition of USA Today–“Saudi Arabia’s First Baseman is Big Attraction”–think again.
Aaron Durley is no Saudi Arabian. He is an American kid who is Saudi Arabian only insofar as his physical presence in geography. Other than that, he is 100% American.
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