Arab Racism: Not all colors welcomed in Lebanon’s cultural tapestry

more silence from the Arab League

Arabs are the most noble people in lineage, the most prominent, and the best in deeds. We were the first to respond to the call of the Prophet. We are Allah’s helpers and the viziers of His Messenger. We fight people until they believe in Allah. He who believes in Allah and His Messenger has protected his life and possessions from us. As for one who disbelieves, we will fight him forever in Allah’s Cause. Killing him is a small matter to us.

Ali Ibn Abi Talib, said: Verily the Prophet said: God divided the earth in two halves and placed (me) in the better of the two, then He divided the half in three parts, and I was in the best of them, then He chose the Arabs from among the people, then He chose the Quraysh from among the Arabs, then He chose the children of ‘Abd al-Muttalib from among the Banu Hashim, then he chose me from among the children of ‘Abd al-Muttalib, and from them he chose me.[1]

Ibn Sa’d, Vol. 1, p. 12

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Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) — Lebanon prides itself on its image as a melting pot on the Mediterranean: an ancient bastion of civilization boasting a diverse tapestry of cultures and creeds.

But scratch the surface, and it becomes apparent that not everyone fits into the country’s cosmopolitan self-image.

Many migrants and mixed-race Lebanese, particularly those of Asian and African origin, say they encounter racism on a regular basis.

Nepalese woman Priya Subeydi told CNN she plans to leave the country soon, as she does not want her nine-month-old son growing up feeling like a second-class citizen.

“Every day we face racism,” she said. “I just want to let him to grow in my own country.”

Subeydi came to Lebanon as one of the more than 200,000 migrant domestic workers in the country, lured from mostly African and Asian countries by the promise of higher wages and steady employment in upper-middle class homes where household chores are viewed as beneath the family.

Today, Subeydi works in a migrant center in Beirut, providing assistance and support for domestic workers, some of whom, vulnerable in their new homes, face a grim reality of confinement, abuse, withheld payments and discriminatory treatment.

Lebanon’s treatment of migrant domestic workers has been thrust into the international spotlight in recent years.

In 2009 the country witnessed a spate of suicides among foreign maids, and last year a 33-year-old Ethiopian woman killed herself shortly after being filmed beingbeaten by a Lebanese man on a Beirut street.

The U.N. special rapporteur on slavery urged the Lebanese government to carry out a full investigation into the death. Ethiopia had banned citizens from traveling to Lebanon as domestic workers because of concerns over their lack of legal protection, although the ban was widely circumvented.

But it’s not only domestic workers who face racist treatment. Renee Abisaad is the daughter of a Lebanese mother and Nigerian father, who moved to the country when she was 11.

The engineering student — a subject of a photo exhibition of mixed-race Lebanese intended to challenge social attitudes about race — said that dealing with ethnic slurs had become the norm, and she planned to leave the country once she finished her studies.

She said she felt she was not accepted and looked down on because of her ethnicity.

“I never felt Lebanese to be honest,” she told CNN. “They assume that you are a prostitute, you are a maid, you are someone low class.”

The unequal treatment meted out to people of other ethnic backgrounds has prompted a group of activists in Lebanon, in collaboration with migrant community leaders, to form the Anti Racism Movement (ARM), committed to documenting, exposing and challenging racist behaviour and attitudes in the country.

In a recent campaign, the group conducted undercover stings at the country’s beach resorts, where it found an Ethiopian women was turned away from going swimming and falsely told a “members only” policy was in place.

The club’s actions contravened a decree issued by the Ministry of Tourism last summer barring resorts from discriminating on the basis of race, nationality or disability.

Lebanon’s Minister of Tourism, Fadi Abboud, said the stance on racism made sense for both moral and practical reasons.

“If people think that we are a racial country, I think we can kiss tourism goodbye, so for me this is very serious, and it can only happen once,” he said. “We let them know if it happens (another) time, we close them for one week — if it happens again, we close them for good.”

ARM’s general coordinator, Farah Salka, said such measures against blatant discrimination were welcome and necessary. But truly tackling racism would require a more profound shift — for individuals to re-examine and dismiss deeply ingrained personal prejudices.

“It’s a problem that is grounded in each in the way that we have been brought up, the way that we are not taught anything about accepting differences,” she said. “You can go to school for 15 years, go to college, become a doctor, but you’re never ever taught the basics of how to be with other human beings in this country.”

My Kitchen Rules is not racist, says Channel Seven

Australian entertainers make a tv show.  Asian women are  the villains, gate crashers. viewers copying thier racist anglo american hollywood audience post threats against them. another case of racist pieces of shit acting out what they see on screen. expect to see more tweets with death threats and calling for hate crimes against Asians when the racist yellowperil “Olympus has Fallen” filth released on March 22, 2013.

 

 

CHANNEL 7 has hit back at claims that My Kitchen Rules is racist.

Seven’s cooking show has come under fire after advertisements showing gatecrashers Sophia Pau and Ashlee Pam aired in recent days.

Pau and Pam, of Cambodian and Vietnamese heritage respectively, shock contestants with stinging criticism of rival dishes.

They describe contestants’ food as ”vom”, ”yuck”, and ”it was like eating a slug”.

 

Seven’s promotions link Sophie and Ashlee to Spice Girls Jessie Khan and Biswa Kamila, of Indian and Bangladeshi heritage.

Viewers have taken to Twitter to accuse My Kitchen Rules producers of portraying ethnic contestants as villains.

”Are the producers of MKR a bit racist? 1st the Indian spice girls were the baddies. Now we have Asian gate crashes (sic) to be baddies stereotype,” Cambo 96 tweeted.

”Interesting that the roles of the most reviled teams are played by Indian/Bangladeshi and Asians – racist?,” Bobby Kuriakose posted.

”Why does MKR put a token team of foreigners on that are rude? It’s like they are trying to show how racist this country is,” another viewer posted.

Khan and Kamila received a torrent of racial abuse, including death threats, on Twitter after their recent appearance on My Kitchen Rules.

Seven denies My Kitchen Rules has been racist in its depiction of ethnic contestants.

”Once we come into their kitchens, and the competition gets underway, all kinds of tensions emerge,” a Seven spokesperson says.

”It’s all part of the show and is no way racist, it’s all to do with the spirit of the game.

”The selection of the contestants is a reflection of our multi-national community.”

Pau and Pam are one of three gatecrasher teams set to join My Kitchen Rules this week.

Victoria’s ‘Real Housewives’ Angela & Melina and West Australia’s Kieran & Nastassia are also set to join the show.

 

 

 

English-rights activists protest new Quebec language law

looking foward see new Anglo-Quebecers setting up shop and residence in Toronto.

 

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MONTREAL—English-rights activists in Quebec are raising concerns about a proposed new language law they say infringes on their rights.

The new law is intended to build on Quebec’s landmark language legislation, Bill 101, to protect and strengthen French in the province.

But protesters say they feel under attack by Premier Pauline Marois’s Parti Quebecois government.

They are concerned about new rules designed to encourage French in small businesses, municipalities and post-secondary education.

Christopher Rose, a 27-year-old Montrealer, says the law takes away the rights of English-speaking Quebecers.

He says Montreal is a multicultural city and people should be able to make their own decisions about language.

“We still belong to the country of Canada and we still have our rights,” he said.

“There shouldn’t be any quarrels here in Quebec . . . There’s nothing wrong with being bilingual, there’s nothing wrong with English, and there’s nothing wrong with French, either.”

Language tensions bubbled to the surface during last summer’s provincial election campaign when the PQ vowed to toughen Quebec language laws.

The unrest reached a twisted climax in a shooting at the PQ election victory party in September that left one person dead. A man arrested at the scene declared that anglophones were waking up as he was led away.

The law that eventually got tabled is considerably milder than the ideas it campaigned on. It will be subject to a public consultation in March.

Still, some of the measures have English-language defenders concerned.

Bill 14 would make it more difficult for municipalities with an English population under 50 per cent to maintain bilingual status.

The PQ’s law would also extend rules for French in the workplace to small businesses with between 49 and 26 employees, and make it harder for students from the French education system to attend English junior-colleges.

Antoinette Mercurio, who runs a Montreal travel agency, said the rules will make it harder to run her agency and hurt her bottom line.

“Everything will have to be in French now, and it’ll be very costly for small businesses here in Quebec,” she said.

Colin Standish, a 26-year-old law student from Quebec’s Eastern Townships, said the rules for municipalities would be especially harmful in his home region, which has pockets of English-speakers who have lived there for generations.

Standish said there’s a growing resistance from young, anglophone Quebecers upset about developments under the PQ.

“We want to be involved in the civil society,” he said.

“We’re not going to leave Quebec. We’re not going to be like our parents’ generation that might have moved to Toronto or the United States.”