Friday, June 03, 2011
The Mediterranean Boat People: Black refugees from Arabic racism?
As the so-called "Arab Spring" has been devolving over the past few months, boatloads of people have been streaming out of the Maghreb (North Africa), desperately fleeing across the Mediterranean to seek non-Muslim landing points (mostly on islands, but steadily including the Italian mainland, and from there, into southern France among other places).
From the excellent coverage of this mass exodus by Baron Bodissey at the Gates of Vienna blog, and from his copious photographic evidence therein, it appears that most of these refugees are blacks. Are they black Muslims? Are they black non-Muslims? Are they trying to flee racism and oppression in their Muslim homelands? Nobody seems to care enough to find out the answers to these questions.
As my immediately preceding essay below reported, the black African intellectual and activist (and Frenchwoman) Calixthe Beyala was, in a 2006 interview, bravely politically incorrect to say flat out:
"In Arab lands, black people suffer from a dreadful racism, but this issue is taboo. In the past as in the present, there is a policy of "ethnic cleansing" of blacks by Arabs."
(And she said many more damning things about Arab treatment of black Africans in that interview.)
It is reasonable to suppose that these fleeing masses of black Africans are trying to escape the horrible racist Gulag of Islamic societies, and are using the temporary unrest and disarray caused by the "Arab Spring" dislocations in order to get the hell out. Whether Europe is obliged to spend time and money taking them in and assimilating them is a separate question. The more important question is the one that could uncover the dirty secret of Islamic societies: that they are, and have always been, racist against blacks.