Ten Things You Need to Know About Arabs

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I found this on the Civil Arab and couldn’t help but share it here:

Whoever coined the term “Ignorance is bliss” is an absolute idiot. Ignorance is not bliss. In fact, ignorance leads to misunderstanding. Misunderstanding leads to fear. Fear leads to bias and hate. So I am here to present to the American public the top 10 things that Arabs want non-Arabs to know about them. If you remember these, then Arabs will not look at you as a “Dumb American.”

1. Not all of us are Muslim

As an Arab Christian myself, I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard, “When did you convert?” I would be a very rich man. About 10% of the Arab population is Christian. Yes, we are a minority, but we are still there and have been Christians for 2,000 years. I’m not sure how good the average American is…

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14 thoughts on “Ten Things You Need to Know About Arabs

  1. I liked this and shared it on Facebook. I’m all for better understanding of each other. I do believe it’s the beginning of peace. Thank you for your post and your efforts to our heightened awareness. I thought I knew some of these things, but you opened my eyes! 🙂

    1. I Thank Arwa for sharing this article. When I was reading it I understood completely. As a Black Woman others outside my race see me as a stereotype and not a real person. I have to work with the general public on a daily basis and white visitors assume I must be a drug addict and or a woman of easy virtue just because I’m Black. I live in a society where I’m Black first and always, never a fully realized human being.

      1. I’m so sorry it’s that way for you. I try hard not to judge, and find myself going out of my way to describe people in ways that don’t apply to race, because, unless you call attention to it, I don’t see it. Maybe it is the way I was raised, perhaps it’s because I have been discriminated against (forgive my poor grammar) by my own race most of my life, but I don’t see the necessity. I’m tired of the divisiveness. And I choose to see the good in people…. like you. I’m glad I came upon your blog. I’m learning a lot…. which is one of my main goals. So, thank you! 😃

      2. Thanks. I must admit I did make one of the mistakes listed in Arwa’s blog piece, I used to think that all Arabs were Muslims until my Arab co-workers corrected me! Also My Persian girlfriend explained to me that Persians are not Arabs. I too am learning. I’m Blessed to have co-workers from every nation on earth and almost every faith in the world. I’ve learned lots in 7 years on the job.

      3. In order to keep my job I’ll just say I work for a cultural institution. I wish I could stop working. My goal is to retire. Hopefully in three years retirement will come to pass.

      1. I’ve learned much from my Arabic and Persian co-workers. I was at one time a dumb American and thought all Arabs were Muslims and Persians were Arabs until my Arab and Persian friends gently straightened me out! Live and Learn. Now I do not make dumb mistakes. Thank you for adding to my understanding.

      2. We’re all dumb and blind. There are so many things I don’t know of. And I really do wish that more people enlighten me on so many different things in the world.
        You weren’t dumb, you just didn’t know. And sometimes it’s not only a prejudice the west promoted. Also the Middle East. When the Middle East only shows the world the bad traits they developed over the years, how do you expect the west get a better idea.
        The Middle East wasn’t the same 50 years ago, but Islamic extremest took over and ruined everything, including our reputation.

      3. True. Similar situation for African Americans. All you see on TV and in the media are rappers, thugs, crooks, drug dealers, etc.. and because of the sins of a few we are all judged. Most African-Americans are hardworking, church going people who are trying to raise families and live a peaceable life but you never see that if you watch the TV news. Extremists in any faith or race make it bad for everyone.

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