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By Steven Salaita

This day is a tough time to be either Arab and American. seeing that Sept. 11 there was loads of feedback of America's involvement within the center east. but there was little research of ways the US treats electorate of Arab or heart japanese beginning inside its personal borders. Steven Salaita explores the truth of Anti-Arab racism in the United States. He blends own narrative, idea and polemics to teach how this deep-rooted racism impacts every little thing from laws to cultural existence, shining a mild at the effects of Anti-Arab racism either at domestic and abroad.Uniquely, the e-book exhibits how ingrained racist attitudes are available in the innovative routine at the political left, in addition to definitely the right. Salaita argues that, lower than the guise of patriotism, Anti-Arab racism fuels help for rules akin to the Patriot Act. Salaita breaks down the facade of Anti-Arab racism with an insightful research, arguing for the urgency of a dedication to openness and inclusion in present day political weather.

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Although I spent much of my childhood confused and upset in the moments when I was perceived as threatening, I am not a child anymore and I have learned to fight back. Nor will I ever remain silent about Salaita 01 intro 28 11/1/06 16:31:28 EVOLUTION OF WH I T E S U P R E M A C Y 29 racism again. For this reason, I will continue to be threatening until I am dead. I hope all Arabs say it with the dignity of our ancestors: we are human not despite our culture, but because of it, and we refuse to go anywhere.

I remember running into the house, crying. I remember my father and the bald, elderly man standing on opposite sides of a fence, screaming. I remember my father, thick lines of sweat crisscrossing his cheeks, smashing a green vase onto the garage floor. I remember what prompted it all: “Keep those sand niggers of yours off my lawn. ” It took me years to learn how not to keep silent in these moments, and if this book somehow encourages others to condemn the dehumanization of Arabs then I will consider it one of my life’s greatest successes.

In turn I suspect that, like anti-Semitism, the word is now so overused Salaita 01 intro 50 11/1/06 16:31:31 PERILOUS WORLD O F S AVA G ES A N D B A R B A R I A N S 51 that it might come to describe nothing rather than a deadly phenomenon existing in different forms around the world. I should also take this opportunity to announce that nowhere in this section will I denounce terrorism, an injunction often imposed on public Arabs, which, once its implied descriptors are included, means Arab terrorism or Islamic terrorism.

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