Official Victim Status for Arab-Americans?

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The Obama administration may soon classify Arab-Americans as a “socially and economically disadvantaged group” entitled to receive taxpayer-funded goodies and special privileges from the Commerce Department.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), founded by the Israel-hating far-left former U.S. Sen. James Abourezk (D-S.D.), petitioned the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) for special status on January 4 of this year.

Business owners of any ethno-cultural background are allowed to seek official victim status from MBDA, a unit of the political pork-dispensing Department of Commerce. Once awarded, that status, ADC acknowledges, would “create a presumption of eligibility” for Arab-Americans “thereby eliminating the need for amassing and producing evidence of social and economic disadvantage” by individual business owners seeking government aid.

This is out-in-the-open vote-buying facilitated by an administration that sprang forth from the bowels of Saul Alinsky’s Chicago. The petition, taken very seriously by the Obama administration, seeks to give Arab-Americans access to a race-based spoils system that seems more appropriate to Apartheid-era South Africa than modern day America.

If the status is granted, Arab-Americans will be able to join what National Review writer Alexander Kazam, an American with Iraqi roots, calls the “already comically long” list of officially-designated racial victim groups feeding at the MBDA trough. Right now the list includes Puerto Ricans, African-Americans, Hasidic Jews, Spanish-speaking Americans, American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, Asian Indians, and Asian-Pacific Americans. Some of these groups might be able to come up with a few examples of present discrimination but most would be hard-pressed to do so in 2012.

ADC claims prejudice in the marketplace and legislation such as the PATRIOT Act, whose enactment the group fought, make it difficult for Arab-Americans to compete.

Given that the overwhelming majority of Americans are not racist and aren’t quite certain what the definition of “Arab” consists of –and probably wouldn’t even be able to identify someone as an ethnic Arab unless the person were dressed in traditional garb– it is very difficult to believe ADC’s assertion.

Over the years most Arab immigrants and their children, despite the efforts of multiculturalism cultists, have easily been subsumed in the great American melting pot. Successful people of Arab ancestry abound in every field of endeavor in America.

Were successful Arab-American NFL players Doug Flutie, Jeff George, and Drew Haddad hindered by anti-Arab bigotry?

What about high-octane business leaders of Arab ancestry, including the late Steve Jobs, pollster John Zogby, Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack, Accenture founder George Shaheen, Kinko’s founder Paul Orfalea, billionaire attorney Joe Jamail, former Ford Motor Co. president Jacques Nasser, and former Goodyear CEO Samir G. Gibara?

How about public servants of Arab descent including former National Institutes of Health director Elias Zerhouni, the late astronaut Christa McAuliffe, retired Army General John Abizaid, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), former Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and current Energy Secretary Ray LaHood, University of Miami president and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, and former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu? And Arab-American journalists Helen Thomas, Jim Avila, and Hala Gorani, and activists Ralph Nader, Mothers Against Drunk Driving founder Candy Lightner, and late United Auto Workers president Stephen Yokich?

How about Arab-Americans such as designer Joseph Abboud, broadcaster Casey Kasem, and “Exorcist” novelist Peter Blatty? How about singers Paula Abdul, Paul Anka, Shakira, and Tiffany? And actors Teri Hatcher, Kathy Najimy, Tony Shalhoub, Wendie Malik, Salma Hayek, Shannon Elizabeth, F. Murray Abraham, Yasmine Bleeth, and Jamie Farr? How about Lebanese-born, Muslim beauty queen Rima Fakih, who was named Miss USA 2010?

Do most Americans even know these successful individuals have Arab roots? And even if they did what evidence is there that they would care?

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  • Mickey Oberman

    Obama's slimy tentacles are ever more rapidly destroying Americas infrastructure as well as its judgement and its mores.

  • sagemusings

    I think, you had better check your facts about who is of Arab descent. At least, two names are wrong. Paula Abdul is a Sephardic Jew, and F. Murray Abraham is part Jewish, and I don't think, he is of Arab descent. As a matter of fact, there are several named here that may be incorrectly assessed as from Arab descent. They may be Lebanese Christian, which is not Muslim, nor, I think, Arab. Steve Jobs was, certainly, not Muslim, nor did he reportedly want anything to do with his biological Father. While I , of course, agree with the warning in this report, do check these backgrounds much more thoroughly.

    • TxPatrick

      Since I`m half Lebanese and Christian I can not be disadvantaged? Any Christian will be disadvantaged if obama has 4 more years. :-(

    • Kufar Dawg

      I'm wondering if some Arabs, might rather be called Assyrians or Copts, people who have their civilizations and culture paved over by islam, the Arab imperialism.

  • EthanP

    As a Jew, I resent being on that list. Only Native Americans should be on that list!

  • EthanP

    Yasmin Bleeth is of Jewish ancestry. I don't know about the others.

  • Demetrius M

    The goal is to make arab-Americans appear to live in an apartheid state. Same devious tactic that they have applied to Israel for the past 30 years. Then the Methodists et al will have to divest from America…

  • Matthew Vadum

    I find it disconcerting that comment makers here are focusing on who is of Arab descent (admittedly a somewhat fluid concept) instead of on the substance of the article. But if that's what you want to discuss, this is the source for most of the information regarding who is considered Arab-American:…. Take it up with the Arab American Institute. As for Yasmine Bleeth, supposedly her mother was partly of Algerian descent. And, if there is such a thing as an Israeli Arab then surely someone who is Jewish could also be Arab. The two are not mutually exclusive.

  • Theo Prinse

    I would like to put this article in an international perspective because Islam with all its internal contradictions is a political doctrine against western democracy.

    It’s not about Arabs. The Arabs once all were Christians. It’s about Muslims. Muslims are the naive followers of a military fascist doctrine presented as a Abrahamic religion. Prof. Thomas Sowell estimates Islam murdered 270 million people.

    Islam is a sectarian type of Oriental communism and must be uprooted.

    Today Dutch Freedom Fighter Geert Wilders received a visa for Australia to give lectures about the real nature of Islam in Indonesia of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who cancelled his visit to the Netherlands when Geert Wilders was announced to become part of the Dutch Government.

    Islamic Indonesia commits many heinous crimes against Lutheran Christians in Indonesia, Christians in the Maluku Islands and slow mass murder on the Papua’s.

    The US Presidential elections are between the Energy (islam oil) Independence in 2020 of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan versus neo-conservatives (Wolfowitz, Perle, Brzezinski, McCain, Bush 41-43, Lindsey Graham etc) and CIA (John Brennan) puppet Barack Barry Husein Soetoro Obama Davis to extend the Franklin D. Roosevelt deal at the Port of Suez with the Gulf sheiks to base US defense on Saudi diesel oil in return for arms deals and allowing the Muslim Brotherhood their islam-socialist agenda for the Arab, the US and the rest of the Free World.

    The Saudi oil and Al Qaeda will flow to China when Romney – Ryan wins.

    When Romney – Ryan wins, US geo-poliitcs will dramatically change, and the Arab world will still get more in the hands of the fundamentalists.

    The difference between the Neo-conservatives and their Obama versus Romney will be that with the neo conservatists the socialist US will have 20 trillion debt in 2016 and provoke a US civil war …. and the Arab world be drowned in fundamentalist civil wars where Romney – at best – must put the islamic world behind an Iron Curtain until the Muslim clerics are exterminated and the Muslims convert to Christianity. This can take 100 years in which the US has started Terra Forming Mars.

    The important thing here is that Western Industrious and technological Intellect will be safe guarded in Space Programs for the Muslim re-distributive clerical oppression.

  • LindaRivera

    NON-MUSLIMS ARE the TRUE VICTIMS in America and other Western countries! Highly FAVORED Muslims are allowed by the authorities to attack non-Muslims:

    American Muslims Stone Christians in Dearborn, MI (Original edit)

  • LindaRivera

    In our Western countries we are all sick and tired of Muslim immigrants demanding special rights and privileges not given to non-Muslims. If non-Muslims don't OBEY the never-ending demands of Muslims, the Muslims sue, sue, sue. What a racket. Muslims laugh all the way to the bank with FREE infidel money.

  • Kufar Dawg

    If Arabs get this status, I'm not paying taxes anymore. I refuse to support a corrupt government anymore. No taxation without representation. I'm done, I'd rather die in a hail of bullets than a dhimmi slave to islamofascism.

    • tish59

      Kufar – well put! My sentiments, EXACTLY!

  • LindaRivera

    Abu Baseer in London:
    “One of the goals of immigration is the revival of the duty of jihad and enforcement of power over the infidels. Immigration and jihad go together.

    Gaddafi: “We have 50 million Muslims in Europe, there are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe — without swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”…

    • Questions

      Immigration control + birth control = Fewer Muslims in the West. Unless someone here has a better formula, that's mine.

  • PurpleFinger

    How these anti Constitutional throwback ever got to be so high on Daniel Greenfield's VVI (victim value index), is beyond human comprehension.
    Oh, right, it's FEARED, they'll riot, pillage, and murder if denied..
    Thereby, attempting to "kill" our FREEDOM of SPEECH..

  • Ghostwriter

    Why do I have a feeling that this won't turn out well?

  • Kobi

    Paula Abdul is of Syrian Jewish descent (as is Jerry Seinfeld actually), not Arab.

  • Thomas Wells

    Can you vote twice ,or more, with an "official victim card"?

  • Zinkzombee

    For them to accept federal pork would make them dirty infidels according to the Koran…. and they would never be allowed into paradise or to get their seven virgins.

    • JoJoJams

      Not if they have an immam declare that it's a form of Jizya that they are taking from us – then it's all perfectly aok. And I'd be willing to bet that is exactly how they look at it. Not to mention, in Europe a HUGE chunk of the imported inbreds are on the public dole! So, where in the koran is this haram?? On the contrary, I guarantee they look at it as jizya payments.

  • queasy

    Neither Arab nor muslim are a race.
    Arab is not a singular genetic entity,religion,ethnicity or color.
    Technically Arabs are Jewish/Asian/African mixes.

    But there really is no such thing as race in the US.
    The government considers race self determined .There are no definitions ,tests,percents or measurements to use as racial identifications. You pick your own.
    Hispanic is considered a ethnicity not a race .

    The whole race game for freebies is fraudulent .

    If you use a world perspective, "whites" are the minority .