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Most African-Americans have always distrusted the leadership and mainstream media/institutions of America - and sadly far too many arabs - especially the 'lighter' 'whiter' ones dismissed the complaints, and accepted the general mainstream "white american" perspective on African-Americans. They felt that the negative (racist) stereotypes were mostly correct, that the complaints of racism were largely unjustified - and many quickly agreed with the stereotypes (in part to agree with the mainstream perspective, as well as a continuation of ideas they already held.) Yet post 9/11 having allowed many in the maintream American society to find some (false) justification in their previously quietly held racists views towards Arabs/Muslims, many Arabs have a better sense of what African-Americans have previously expressed. Particularly ironic (but positive) is that most African-Americans, because of their already held understandings and experiences, have are the strongest voices against mistreatment of Arabs, and the negativity of the U.S. government. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk