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Thread #73826   Message #1330621
Posted By: GUEST,Lepus Rex, cookieless
17-Nov-04 - 09:24 PM
Thread Name: BS: Time to re-deploy to Sudan
Subject: RE: BS: Time to re-deploy to Sudan
OK, this has been bothering me for months now:

The use of the terms "Black Africans" and "(White) Arabs" in this thread is completely inaccurate. Those White "Arabs" who make up the Janjaweed militias that are slaughtering the "Black" indigenous Darfuri tribes are, in fact, also "Black," and also indigenous Africans. They are not the "pure" Arab descendants of Mid-Eastern Arabs; they are Arabised locals, Bedouins, basically, but natives ones. They are "true" Africans. To divide Darfuris into "Whites" and "Blacks" may be an exciting idea for some, for whatever reason. But it is wrong, and a distraction that will do nothing to help the Darfuri peoples. Can't blame you all for being so very fucking wrong, really, as most of the news coming out of Darfur uses these misleading terms. As do those Darfuri "Blacks" and "Arabs" themselves, actually... Yanno, there was an excellent article about Darfur a while back, by an expert on the topic, no less... I'll post a link when I find it.

Anyways, now you know. Don't take my word for it, of course. I could be full of shit. The information is freely available, and you should research it yourselves. It's a horrible situation, but a fascinating subject. When you do, why not help to ratchet down the "racial" hysteria, which is doing nothing but further dividing the people of Darfur, and of Africa in general?

---Lepus Rex