Abraham, Nabeel. Anti-Arab racism and violence in the United States

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Title: Anti-Arab racism and violence in the United States

Published in: The development of Arab-American identity, edited by Ernest McCarus

Published By: The development of Arab-American identity, edited by Ernest McCarus Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994. 155-214 p.

By line: Nabeel Abraham

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Arab Americans (NK09)

Subjects: Ethnic stratification (563); Brawls, riots, and banditry (579); Initiation of judicial proceedings (694);

Abstract: This is a review of various acts of anti-Arab racism and hate violence in the United States during the 1980s. A report by the Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR) and published by the National Council of Churches recorded nearly 3,000 acts of “bigoted violence” against Arab-Americans during this same period. According to the author the conventional view of racism and violence as propounded in the CDR and similar reports -- as instituted by far-right, racist and anti-Semitic organizations -- is too narrow to account adequately for all cases of anti-Arab racism and violence. Abraham suggest several other causative factors, as for example international terrorism, world conflicts (the Gulf War), and even xenophobia. In conclusion the author’s analysis of his data seem to indicate further inadequacies in the conventional view of racism: namely that anti-Arab racism in the late twentieth century is not only a fringe phenomenon, but extends to mainstream society as well (p. 160).

Document Number: 20

Document ID: nk09-020

Document Type: essay

Language: English

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-214)

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1998

Coverage Date: 1980-1986

Coverage Place: United States

LCSH: Arab Americans

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