Here’s what Arabic twitter has to say about racial tensions in the US
The last few weeks have not been positive for America’s image internationally, nor for its domestic race relations. In the span of a week two controversial police shootings led to the deaths of Philando Castille in Louisana and Alton Brown in Minnesota, and retaliatory violence killed 5 police officers in Dallas, Texas – the deadliest day for US law enforcement since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. A reignited “Black Lives Matter” movement has organized mass demonstrations for racial equality across the United States and set into motion a vibrant dialogue on race that has left much of the country divided.
That vibrant dialogue has made its way to the Middle East, where Arabic twitter users have been commenting on the racial dichotomy across the Atlantic with the hashtags #العنصريه_في_امريكا (#Racism_In_America), #اخي_الاسود_انا_احبك (#I_Love_You_My_Black_Brother), and #دالاس (#Dallas).
Many users have expressed their anti-racist views in light of the recent violence in the US:
لون البشره من خلقة ربي . وكل مايخلقه ربي جميل #اخي_الاسود_انا_احبك— ببوشا | طارق الحربي (@6ar8o) July 8, 2016
“The color of humans is from God, and everything he creates is beautiful”
#اخي_الاسود_انا_احبك— حنين (@vv11b) July 11, 2016
اسود او ابيض او احمر ،تأدب معي اكون مؤدبه معك
تقلل ادبك اكون قليلة ادب مثلك
Some found the persistence of racism in the U.S. confusing:
امريكا فعلا بلد العجائب العنصريه ضد السود والرئيس اسود #العنصريه_في_امريكا— ابو سعود (@abusaud_m40) July 11, 2016
“America is such a weird country. There’s racism against black people while the President himself is Black.”
Well-known Saudi Sheikh Ali al-Qarni even chipped in with some harsh words of his own.
#العنصرية_في_أمريكا يقتلون مواطنيهم في الشوارع بدون سبب مشروع ويطالبون غيرهم بحقوق الانسان قبحهم الله— Ali-ALqarni (@moare991) July 8, 2016
“They kill their citizens in the street for no credible reason while demanding human rights from others… By God they’re disgusting.
Some actually encouraged the violence – hoping that it might weaken the West’s grip on the Middle East:
الهم اضرب الضالمين بالضالمين واخرجناء منهم سالمين #العنصريه_في_امريكا— ماضي السويدي (@mady_h_m) July 11, 2016
“May God pit the oppressors against other oppressors and get us away from them safely.”
Many, especially in Saudi Arabia, pegged racism in the US as a religious problem.
#اخي_الاسود_انا_احبك— سلطٱن الكثيري#57 (@su1957su) July 8, 2016
الإسلام لا يعرف العنصرية ولا يقر بالقبلية
فالأمة الاسلامية أمة واحدة
فـ بلال بن رباح حبشي
و صلاح الدين الأيوبي كردي
“Islam doesn’t have racism nor tribalism. The Islamic nation is one nation. Belal Bin Ribaah was ethiopian and Saladin was Kurdish."
“Thank God for the mercy of Islam”
قتل واطلاق نار !!— alzahrani (@alzahrani610) July 8, 2016
الحمد لله الأسلام ماعندهم عنصريه
“Killing and shooting! Thank god Islam doesn’t have racism.”
While other pointed out the hypocrisy of Arabs condemning racism abroad but not in their own backyards:
instead of speaking about racism in the US, you should start speaking about racism in the Middle East #العنصريه_في_امريكا— noor (@harlcyivy) July 8, 2016
#العنصريه_في_امريكا LMAO the most racist society discussing racism in the US???— najla x (@barbar0us) July 8, 2016
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