Official Victim Status for Arab-Americans?

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But ADC marches on, undeterred, determined to secure the “victim” imprimatur from the government, arguing without much in the way of evidence that the “ubiquitous demonizing of Arab-Americans has undermined this community’s progress in American society.”

ADC’s petition is an ill-conceived document that takes the reader on a winding, politically correct journey through fantasyland. (Read the petition which is available here.) The document is incoherent and contradictory, presenting self-serving (and often very old) anecdotal evidence that proves, at most, that there have been isolated incidents of racial discrimination against Arab-Americans. It fails to produce proof of widespread, generalized discrimination against ADC’s constituency because none exists.

The petition treats counter-terrorism measures enacted by the federal government as racist because they supposedly “had a disparate impact on the Arab-American community.” Of course, all 19 hijackers who took over commercial U.S. airplanes on September 11, 2001, were Muslim Arabs. Of the 19, 15 hailed from Saudi Arabia. The rest came from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. After 9/11 it’s hard to fault government officials at airports for carefully scrutinizing people of Arab ancestry. (In any event, those days are long gone, having given way to annoying body scans and pat downs of all travelers, including 90-year grandmas in wheelchairs.)

And even though two-thirds of Arab-Americans are Christians, and just one-quarter are Muslim, ADC argues that non-Muslim Arab-Americans nevertheless suffer because Americans are afflicted by a make-believe mental illness called Islamophobia that makes them commit so-called hate crimes. “[M]any Americans still assume all Arab-Americans are Muslims and apply their Islamophobia to all Arab-Americans, Muslim and non-Muslim alike” (page 32).

Kazam rips that claim to shreds:

[I]f we are to use hate crimes as a proxy for “disadvantage,” then Jews would have to be the considered the most disadvantaged group in the country. Despite a significant uptick in “anti-Islamic” incidents in 2010, Jews remain the faith group most likely to be targeted. The nearly 900 “anti-Jewish” incidents in 2010 account for a full two-thirds of hate crimes linked to religion: nearly six times the number of anti-Islamic incidents, despite the fact that Jewish Americans outnumber Muslim Americans by a factor of only two and a half.

To ADC, rational responses to terrorism based on suspects’ common characteristics, including tightened port-of-entry controls, the creation of “no-fly” lists, and longer-than-usual questioning by immigration officials, were all examples of invidious racial discrimination.

One passage in the petition about small businesses stands out as particularly kooky.

At page 29, ADC argues that the very existence of Arab-American businesses is proof in and of itself of discrimination. “A large percentage of Arab-American workers are small business owners, which is convincing evidence of the discrimination against Arab-Americans.” Huh? It’s not at all clear how the ADC came up with this formulation.

The petition describes Arab-Americans at page 30 as “a well-educated demographic,” but then downgrades them on the next page to being “a relatively well-educated demographic” that “suffers from educational disadvantages as a result of discrimination and prejudice.” On page 34, the petition states that “government anti-terrorism policies” are discriminatory and this has something to do with the supposed fact that Arab-Americans are “under-educated.”

Obviously, the petition is loaded with many ridiculous assertions, Kazam argues. Arab-Americans enjoy a mean individual income that is 27 percent above what Americans typically earn. Their median household income weighs in at $59,000, which is more than 10 percent higher than the national average. Almost half of Arab-Americans hold a college degree and they are two times as likely as a typical U.S. resident to have earned a Ph.D. As Kazam notes, the American Arab Chamber of Commerce acknowledges on its website that “large business ownership” and “active political participation” are both “testimony to the power and development of Arab Americans today.”

There’s no question that Arab-Americans are immeasurably better off than residents of Arab countries.

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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 .