The Slave Trade in Libya 2017

 

Humans are currently being bought and sold and Libya. Everyone’s angry, as am I. But what angers me even further is the way that no one asks how this slavery came about in the first place and who is behind its re-uprising. The person behind this, much to many’s dismay, is ‘Black Lives Matter’ advocate, Barrack Hussain Obama. People are too busy focusing on Donald Trump’s alleged racist comments whilst ignoring the actions of people who are actually responsible for real acts of racism; forgetting that actions always speak louder than words.

Obama supported and funded terrorist rebel groups (i.e. ISIS) in many countries, with Libya being one of these. These groups now have power in Libya and Libya’s government is not yet stable enough to control the mess that Obama’s ‘liberation’ of Libya (funny, this) left behind. These groups are now doing as they please, with many of these extremist members believing that Islam permits slavery. Besides this ‘Islamic’ aspect, as an Arab I can tell you that the truth is there are many Arabs who are racist and have no problem treating black people as subhuman. It’s disgusting that this mentality still exists today but the reality is that it does and Obama’s support of extremist Arab nutjobs has allowed free rein to these kinds of mentalities to come into action.

Now, because of Obama’s idea of ‘liberation’ of Libya – i.e. support of power to terrorist nutjobs – black people are being sold for as little as a couple hundred dollars.

It’s quite amazing, isn’t it, what one does when given power. Obama was the first black president and, ironically, racism against blacks is one of the things that he holds a responsibility for but, as usual, he dismisses these responsibilities. He causes the damage then leaves, back to his luxurious and peaceful home whilst advocating for ‘Black Lives Matter’ and human rights.

This world really sickens me sometimes. But one thing that has given me hope is the way that Syria and Russia were able to win against the devil that is the US. Many lives lost, many families broken, grief that will stay with individuals for the entirety of their lives… but all of this is why Assad’s victory is such a great one. It seemed impossible in the eyes of many for Syria to gain back power against the US and Saudi’s strongly-backed terrorists, but the fact that Assad and Putin transcended far above these expectations and managed to almost completely liberate Syria after a very long and distressing battle gives me hope. A lot of hope.

As the great Bukowski said: it has been a beautiful fight’, and we can now only hope that the damaged countries such as Libya, Yemen and many others resultant from the US’s deadly intervention, will end in the same victorious way that Syria proved they can.

 

#NotoSlavery 

“That’s racist!”

So the other day I saw a picture posted on Instagram of the packaging of an Egyptian chocolate brand which showed a milk chocolate bar with a cartoon black man and a white chocolate bar with a white man. This sparked complaints in the comment section with lots of people shouting racism with no logical justification, simply that the dark chocolate was allegedly being correlated with the skin colour of black people. How this is racist I don’t understand. If this is racist then you would expect white people to be complaining, too, no? Since they were also supposedly being associated with the colour of white chocolate. But this wasn’t the case as they were not complaining at all. When I joined the discussion and tried to get people to explain why the image is racist/offensive nobody could answer my questions directly and continued to simply state that it’s racist.

The reason I decided to write about this is because I see this issue of people shouting racism for uncalled for situations way too often and it’s really quite damaging as well as irritating. What it does is it reinforces pre-existing divisions and prejudices between whites and blacks and simply adds more unneeded conflict to the world. I see people shouting racism at the slightest glimpse of opportunity and it really needs to stop. No doubt that racism does exist, but we need to talk about it only at times that truly and evidently call for it, other than that, you are underlyingly victimising a whole group of people many of which live their lives having not experienced situations of racism at all.

Another example where people irrationally began pulling the racism card is the 2017 Grammy Awards. The Album of The Year award was to be given to one of Adele or Beyonce – two very popular talented candidates with popular albums. Adele was chosen as the winner of the award via fair and square conditions but still, people began pulling the racism card as the reason to why Beyonce didn’t win. People began claiming that, because Beyonce’s album encompassed issues regarding black people, that this is why she did not win the award. Why must people bring up these excuses whenever it suits them? Adele won fair and square given that her album, like Beyonce’s, was very good and popular.

One last thing I want to talk about is the way people are quick to complain about diversity issues within films/shows, with people saying things like “why do they all have to be white” or “why are there no black people in this” and the way film/show producers try extra hard to make sure there is race diversity amongst their cast to avoid criticism. For some situations, this is appropriate as people don’t feel considered or represented when the people they watch are all of the same race. However, other times, it is clear that producers feel unnecessarily pressured to include a black person, for example, just to cancel out criticism about lack of diversity, even at times when the film is traditionally supposed to represent only white people. But don’t get me wrong, diversity is a great thing and I love that it is considered, but if you’re going to try to show diversity then you should also include an Asian Westerner, too for example and not restrict your presentation of diversity to just African Westerners. Why are only blacks and whites considered? This kind of represents the way society sometimes tends to think – in black and white terms only. There are loads of other colours in between that should be looked at if you’re seeking to see or present the full picture.