Lessons from the Holocaust: racism, genocide and the Gaza crisis

Lessons from the Holocaust: racism, genocide and the Gaza crisis

The Rose-tinted Analyst

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Originally published by Contributoria October 2014. 

The Holocaust was undoubtedly one of the most significant events in modern history, one that continues to influence today’s geopolitical agenda. Its legacy is still hotly contested, precisely because of its political magnitude; the struggle for meanings ascribed to language and historical events is ultimately the struggle for power. Is the most pertinent lesson from the Holocaust that, as a historically subjugated people, anti-Jewish sentiment presents a slippery slope to genocide? Or is it that when the power of a militarised state is directed at a group of people based on something as arbitrary as ethnicity, this can lead to genocide and therefore should be curbed? Need there even be any polarisation of these positions and are they mutually exclusive? Of course not. But the Holocaust is repeatedly invoked by both supporters and critics of the Israeli state.

In recent weeks a number of…

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Too Black to be Arab, too Arab to be Black

Too Black to be Arab, too Arab to be Black

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by Leena Habiballa

Within every Sudanese diasporan is an unceasing internal dialogue about where we fit in the dominant racial order. Sudan is one of the most ethnically, culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse places on the African continent. It was also home to some of the most ancient civilisations in African memory. But today it suffers from the brutal legacy of Arab slavery, Ottoman imperialism and British colonialism.

My early childhood was spent living in various Arab countries, where I learnt from a young age that my darker skin tone threatened my claim to Arabness. To be authentically Arab, it wasn’t enough to speak Arabic or have facets of Arab culture syncretised into my own. My Blackness needed to be invisible. My identity as an Arab was, therefore, always contested and fraught, though nevertheless an important part of my being and, ultimately, self-evident. When others denied my Arabness I felt…

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Depression!

The thought process!

Kid Cudi last week checked himself into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts!

Today, earlier in the morning, someone started to share their story on depression and how it has affected her.

Well, I would never be depressed, right? Life is for the living. Life is for living.

I once developed a benign cancer when I was 18, something that had started when I was 15, and I was operated on. Luckily, it was benign, nothing too serious. I had an operation for it when I was in my vacation, and a localized anesthetic was used. I was okay after sometime, went on with my life.

I’ve always had a hyper active mind but with a general sense of control, I’ve managed to bring down those thoughts to a minor blur. For a very long time, especially from when I was 18, I could never sleep alone in a room…

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