Discussion of Arab Racism

Discussion of Arab Racism


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As long as the Arabs who live in Africa feel that they are closer to their brothers in the Middle-East

than in Africa, we have the right and the duty to protect ourselves against their racist attitude



Discussion of Arab Racism in Africa

By BF Bankie and Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem



Juba, South Sudan

Dear Tajudeen


It seems to me you missed the point about Museveni. As a long resident in Kampala I would expect you to know more than most about the UPDF assistance to South Sudan and the SPLA.

It was similar to the Angolan situation, with the Cubans ‘rescuing’ FAPLA/MPLA. In South Sudan the SPLA would have been defeated had it not been for the UPDF. Museveni is one African Head of State who has no illusions about the impracticality of Afro-Arab cohabitation. He will NEVER EVER support a US of Africa, this explains his gradualism in Accra. Let us not hoodwink the people out there.

You will find the US of Africa is long past its sale/buy date. Accra represents the last such initiative at that level. Lets keep the AU for the Afro-Arab civilisational dialogue, which has yet to start !

Best regards, Bankie

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Dear Brother Bankie,

You are indeed right that I should know Museveni better than most people. I did not only live in Uganda for more than a decade. I was closely involved with his government, the NRM/NRA and UPDF.

His support for SPLA was not because of having no illusion about what you call Afro Arab Cohabitation. It was  a principled support for a genuine struggle for liberation just as he supported the Rwandese against fellow Black African Genocidaire and gave home to PAC and ANC (the first time both their armies shared camps was in Uganda) after they were forced out of Mozambique after Nkomati accord.

Museveni’s summersault in Accra was a part of his tactical manouvre to consolidate his hegemony in East Africa of which he has been actively campaigning (nothing wrong with that ) to be the first President. Unfortunately he has played into the hands of his rivals who used the same ‘slow slow’  argument to beat back the federation idea.

Nkrumah long recognised the divisive and diversionary potentials of regionalism. And I am really suprised that the obsession with arabs is making otherwise strategic and committed Pan Africanists like you to lose sight of the many retreats from unity as long as you can claim pyrrhic victory against ‘the Arabs’. It is becoming like those Trostskyites who celebrated the collapse of stalinism without seeing that the ideological enemies of Socialism do not care whether you are fidelista, stalinist, Trots, or whatever they just want an end to socialism.

Similarly whatever variation of Pan Africanism we claim to espouse those opposed to Africa uniting do not give a damn they just ‘dont want to see us unite’ as Marley put it!

It is this mistake that is making you put so much effort at attacking the AU without really any concrete alternatives of this ‘pure Africa’  project.

We are all entitled to our opinions and choices on this  but I am really disappointed that you could admonish me about  ‘hood wink  the people out there’ .

I am very happy to help build the AU into a more responsive institution and will happily take any leadership role in it because I believe in it. I am sure even those opposed to it for including north Africa will benefit from the gains. If we have open borders are you going to refuse to exercise it because it includes the right of Africans who are Arabs or Arabs who are Africans?

History  will have the final say on all of us. aluta continua, Taj  

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Juba, South Sudan

Dear Tajudeen

Thanks for yours. I believe we are in a civil, open discussion. Herewith my response :-

As long as the Arabs who live in Africa feel that they are closer to their brothers in the Middle-East than in Africa, we have the right and the duty to protect ourselves against their racist attitudeCheikh Anta Diop

The foremost international issue today is either Darfur or Iraq. At base the Darfur issue, like that of Southern Sudan, is about the inability of Arabs to live in peace with Africans, otherwise put—Arab racism.

The problems of Sudan will not be resolved by the West and the rest, who will create the conditions for the problems to remain and fester.

One of the remarkable facts about the Darfur situation is the silence of Africa on the genocide underway there. The African Union is unable to secure peace. On the 17th September nine support—Darfur manifestations took place worldwide—none of these happened in Africa. There has been a failure by Africa and its Diaspora to address the Darfur issue. Our politicians have failed. Will our Pan-Africanist follow suit?

400,000 lives lost, 2 million displaced in Darfur, with no end in sight. Your postcards have been silent on Darfur, on solutions to the crisis in Afro-Arab relations. You provide no analysis, offer no research or explanations. Such a callous attitude to our people is rewarded by our enemies, who rejoice at our weaknesses. There is contempt, there is no shame. Rather there is name calling about Arab-phobia. Who are the racists in this context? Stop the showmanship, the playing to the gallery, above people’s heads and lead responsibly. We all have eyes to see. Who will address Arab racism?

Unfortunately most of our people in West and Southern Africa, as well as the Diaspora have no knowledge of the Afro-Arab borderlands. They depend on the enlightenment of their ‘ leaders’— which is not forthcoming, because our leaders historically choose to look the other way or deliberately conceal the truth.

The Editor of one of the leading newspapers in Nigeria, who is your namesake, told me last month in Lagos, that when he is in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, he is called ‘Abd’, that is slave. Arab racism as seen in the borderlands is well known from Mauritania through to Sudan, as is their contempt for Africans. This is the cause for the current genocide in Darfur. We have to do something about this, not to pretend it is not happening, by our silence.

A decade ago is the period we saw Libya dominating African affairs and the Pan-African movement, which necessitated the request to South Africa to step in and lead the AU. We are still dealing with the fall-out from those years, with the attempt to foist on us the US of Africa Concerning the views of Uganda’s Museveni on the Arab threat from Sudan, bearing in mind that the Ugandan army entered South Sudan around 1996 to assist the South Sudan army (SPLA), I quote from his paper published at page 7 of the South Sudan Post of October 2006, entitled ‘ The evolution of the LRA in Uganda’ :-

‘…The people of Uganda who eventually formed a black revolutionary movement known as the National Resistance Movement (NRM), having been fighting colonially-generated violence and fascism as well as terrorism orchestrated against them by the Arab chauvinist regime of Sudan for the last 40 years, all on their own …

…The Arab chauvinist regimes of Sudan did not want to be neighbours with a Uganda led by black nationalists. They, apparently, believed that if the black nationalists are allowed to enrich themselves in Uganda, they may in the future extend solidarity to their black brothers in Southern Sudan that had been fighting to throw off the Arab yoke ever since 1955 when the British left.

…The Arab chauvinists, therefore tried to overthrow our Government by re-equipping the elements of the defeated former colonial army of Uganda.

…Thereafter, having failed to overthrow us, the Sudanese Arab chauvinists aimed at destabilizing us or intimidating us into being the usual plaint, quisling black regimes of Africa that find it easy to sell the interests of Africa.

…Unfortunately, this was a big miscalculation by the Sudanese chauvinists. Although we had always sympathised with the black people of Sudan, it would not have been easy for us to extend material solidarity to them on account of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of member states. Since, however, the Sudanese had foolishly interfered in ours, we had no inhibition in supporting our black brothers in Southern Sudan’. . . .

Best regards, Bankie

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Bankie Forster Bankie — Lawyer. Member of the General Council, Sudan Commission for Human Rights (SCHR).

Tajudeen is Nigerian by origin. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where he gained his D.Phil in political science.

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