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Modern Arab attitudes towards black and white *LINK*

1999 ColorQ.org

A Palestinian emigre in the United States murdered his own daughter for dating a black boy. The irony is that the man himself is married to a non-Arab -- a white woman.

Many modern Egyptians view being black as an insult. Poe narrates in Black Spark White Fire:

In 1984, Columbia Pictures released a television mini-series on the life of the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. The title role was given to the distinguished black actor Loius Gossett, Jr... With makeup and costume, he was a dead ringer for Sadat.. But the Egyptians did not see it that way.

The mini-series Sadat was banned in Egypt. Indeed, so deeply were the Egyptians offended that all films produced or distributed by Columbia Pictures were similarly banned. ... prominent among the stated objections was a strong revulsion against the idea of a black actor playing Sadat. 1

"I've been told by most of the modern Egyptians with whom I've discussed the question," writes Ann Macy Roth, "that, if they had to use the categories of the modern Western world, they would describe themselves as whites. (There are some exceptions, but few would describe themselves as black)." 2

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