January 19, 2009, - 10:32 am

They Have Extreme: On MLK Day/Obama Eve, Blacks in Iraq Persecuted Same as Blacks in Entire Muslim World

By Debbie Schlussel
Right before America’s first Black President is inaugurated, and while we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, it’s important to contrast how America treats its minorities versus how Blacks are treated in Iraq. Yes, this is yet another example of how Bush’s dream of democracy in Islamic countries doesn’t really change repression–it just puts it in the hands of extremists who happen to be elected extremists.
Blacks in Iraq aren’t treated much better than they are throughout the rest of the Islamic world, which represses them and calls them “abed” (slave), from the streets of Baghdad and Riyadh and Gaza City to the streets of Dearbornistan:

For many years, the black residents of Zubayr [DS: Iraq] say, they have lived a second-class existence in Basra province, an area where Africans were first brought as slaves about 1,500 years ago. They hold no political office, often live in crippling poverty and are still sometimes referred to as “slaves” by other Iraqis.

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Iraq’s Blacks: No Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for these “Abeed” (Slaves)

Yet, taking inspiration from Obama’s campaign, a slate of black Iraqis who call themselves the Free Iraqi Movement is making a long-shot run in the elections for provincial legislatures Jan. 31.
“We heard Obama’s message of change,” said Jalal Chijeel, secretary of the political party. “Iraq needs change in how they see their own black-skinned people. We need our brothers to accept us.”

Dream on, Al-Dude.

He said other Iraqis initially “laughed at us for thinking we should be leaders.”
There are no reliable data on how many Iraqis are of African descent. Chijeel said they may account for as few as 300,000 of Iraq’s 28 million people.
The history of discrimination is clearly visible: Many black Iraqis in Zubayr live in stone and mud huts that are little changed since they were built three centuries ago.
Chijeel and others here complain that black Iraqis are denied good jobs, which means many can’t afford to pay for uniforms or books so their children can go to school.
Even the relatively affluent face problems. Khalid Majid, 39, said he took his 6-year-old daughter out of school because she suffered constant harassment from classmates who called her abd, the Arabic word for slave, and other derogatory names.
“It is my wish that she will read and write, but I cannot let her have these . . . problems,” Majid said.
On Tuesday, the Free Iraqi Movement will host some of the 2,500 black Iraqis who live in the neighborhood to watch Obama’s inauguration speech.
They’ll have a feast where candidates will mingle with potential voters, and they plan to perform a traditional dance they inherited from their East African ancestors.
Shihab Musat, 57, will be among those celebrating Obama’s inauguration and voting for the black candidates.
Musat said he remains skeptical that Iraq is ready to accept blacks as equals.
“I don’t know this Obama well, but I hope he will push Iraq’s leaders to treat the black people with respect,” Musat said as he stood outside a one-room house he shares with 14 family members. “My life has not been very different than my father’s. I do not expect my sons’ lives to be much better.”

I suppose they should be thanking their lucky stars (or moongod) that, at least, they’re not being tortured, gang-raped, and hacked to death as the Muslim government of Sudan does to its Blacks.
But it’s important to see the contrast. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. They have extreme. They have Islam a/k/a Jim Crow laws on steroids.

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9 Responses

How sad for them.
I have heard that blacks in muslim nations are treated badly;witness darfur, where blacks are being killed so the arab leaders can make the country their own.

mindy1 on January 19, 2009 at 11:01 am

Hello Debbie and All
Here are just 2 quotes from one of islams important books…
Tabari II:11 “Shem, the son of Noah was the father of the Arabs, the Persians, and the Greeks; Ham was the father of the Black Africans; and Japheth was the father of the Turks and of Gog and Magog who were cousins of the Turks.” Then after being told that “Noah slept with his genitals exposed,” “Noah prayed that the prophets and apostles would be descended from Shem and kings would be from Japheth. He prayed that the African’s color would change so that their descendants would be slaves to the Arabs and Turks.”
Tabari II:21 “Ham [Africans] begat all those who are black and curly-haired, while Japheth [Turks] begat all those who are full-faced with small eyes, and Shem [Arabs] begat everyone who is handsome of face with beautiful hair. Noah prayed that the hair of Ham’s descendants would not grow beyond their ears, and that whenever his descendants met the children of Shem, the latter would enslave them.”
I found this at Prophet of Doom by Craig Winn
There are many more such versus

INFINITE on January 19, 2009 at 11:02 am

It will never matter how many centuries longer ,or how far worse Arab/Black Muslims have brutalized Black African slaves, Whitey will always get the most of the Blame Whitey Propaganda; the endless media and political persecution,and endless Leftist propaganda designed to insult,browbeat and brainwash us into feeling guiltier than Arabs and Black should.

OldSchoolW on January 19, 2009 at 11:38 am

Does that mean we will start another invasion next century to liberate the Blacks of Iraq?

Independent Conservative on January 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Democracy in Iraq, but crooked elections as a matter of course in the United States, and no democracy re the bailouts, or pandering to illegals.

c f on January 19, 2009 at 1:20 pm

As we speak, slavery exists in the Arab world. Not only are blacks enslaved but also Indonesians and Filipinos.
What brilliant propagandists the Arabs are!

lexi on January 19, 2009 at 6:33 pm

This article is written by a person who obviously is not familiar with the arabic culture and know nothing about Iraq. Blacks in Iraq are almost none existent and are such a rare sight that it would be weird to see one in public office. I know this b/c I lived there for over a year.

econnex on March 15, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    So I guess, you’ve been to every corner of Iraq to know who lives there and who doesn’t? Iraqis imported them in as slaves for thousands of years, yet you claim to know where they all live.

    Sweetsag on October 18, 2010 at 4:03 am

this is crap! first all that was false, the quran does not allow that. secondly, there are black iraqis and they have more rights like anyone else their

fatima on January 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

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