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<a href="http://www.aaiusa.org/press-room/3678/dr-james-zogby-says-enough-is-enough" target="_blank">http://www.aaiusa.org/press-room/367...ough-is-enough</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Dr. James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute, says, “Enough is enough! From the beginning of this campaign there have been those who have used ‘Muslim’ and ‘Arab’ in an effort to smear Barack Obama. This exploitation of bigotry and the stoking of racist fires to forward an agenda is reprehensible. This is not only offensive to Arab Americans, but to all Americans. As any ethnic group who has ever been used to scare the electorate knows, this is a dangerous game that, tragically, can get innocent people hurt.</td>
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That is all. Please read the whole article.
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>ChattyCat</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/12378489"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Agreed, and not all Muslims are Arab, nor are all Arabs Muslims. I'm so tired of the words being used interchangeably.</div>
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Yup. Only about 12% of Muslims are of Arab decent.<br><br>
Nearly 40% of Lebanese are Christian.<br><br>
Not all Iraqis are Arab. 25% or so are Kurds...which is different.<br><br>
There are also Arab Jews as well.<br><br>
Persians (Iranians) are not Arabs.<br><br>
As for Arab Americans, most are Christian.<br><br>
Most Muslim Americans are not Arab, they're Asian.<br><br>
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Yeah, but if they can't call Obama an Arab, then they will have to use words that refer directly to his race. And then everyone will see them for what they <i>really</i> are.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah, but if they can't call Obama an Arab, then they will have to use words that refer directly to his race. And then everyone will see them for what they <i>really</i> are.</div>
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But even the most geographically challenged Americans know that neither Kenya nor Kansas are part of the Middle East. Don't they?
 

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But even the most geographically challenged Americans know that neither Kenya nor Kansas are part of the Middle East. Don't they?</div>
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But, Hawaii is in the middle East isn't it?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Agreed, and not all Muslims are Arab, nor are all Arabs Muslims. I'm so tired of the words being used interchangeably.</div>
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I'm tired of them being used derogatorily!
 

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Yes!! Thank you for posting that. The whole "decent family man" thing REALLY yanks my chain too.<br><br>
At least 50% of my neighbors are either Muslim, Arab or both. And as far as I know they are all "decent" family men and women. Do people believe they eat babies or something??? Most of the entire planet is made up of "decent" families, Americans certainly don't have a monopoly on it. Ugh!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes!! Thank you for posting that. The whole "decent family man" thing REALLY yanks my chain too.<br><br>
At least 50% of my neighbors are either Muslim, Arab or both. And as far as I know they are all "decent" family men and women. Do people believe they eat babies or something??? Most of the entire planet is made up of "decent" families, Americans certainly don't have a monopoly on it. Ugh!</div>
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I think this is an important point. Why would it matter if Obama was an Arab anyhow? Being Arab is not a crime, nor does it make one any less American or any less of a person. Grrrr.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm tired of them being used derogatorily!</div>
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You'll then notice that I agreed with Umsami on that point and then made another point.
 

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Thanks for posting this, umsami. I'm sure there have been times that I was trying so hard to explain to my family members that Obma's not "an Arab Muslim" that I did a poor job of addressing how bigoted it was to think it would be a bad thing even if he was. Thanks for the reminder.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Most of the entire planet is made up of "decent" families, Americans certainly don't have a monopoly on it.</div>
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Clearly you didn't get the giant foam #1 fingers when they were passing them out?
 

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Didn't Peggy Noonan talk about this on the Daily Show on Oct 1? I tried to find a script but I didn't and I don't have time to weed through the video. Either way, heck ya it needs to stop. Ridiculous, hate-mongering that can damage good peoples lives, not to mention just embarrassing for the American public, that people all around the world see these campaign clips and think we are all ok with the negative usage of the word.
 

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this whole Arab=bad thing that has reared it's head yet again due to McCain/Palin hate speech is made me feel so sad and ashamed .<br>
I am wondering if this time, with this election if it will finally be discussed, and reexamined. Hopefully things are bad enough that there will be some national dialogue and some growth and healing.<br>
signed me--good friend to many Arabs, Muslims, Palestinian Christians, agnostic Lebanese, Persian ex-pats, rebellious Saudi's etc,....
 

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Campbell Brown of CNN has also written a similar piece.<br><br><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/13/campbell.brown.obama/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/...ama/index.html</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">So what if Obama was Arab or Muslim? So what if John McCain was Arab or Muslim? Would it matter?<br><br>
When did that become a disqualifier for higher office in our country? When did Arab and Muslim become dirty words? The equivalent of dishonorable or radical?</td>
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thanks, umsami.<br>
the whole 'no, he's a decent family man' response to the ignorant woman at the rally was really infuriating.
 
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