Today is a difficult time to be both Arab and American. Since 9/11 there has been a lot of criticism of America's involvement in the middle east. Yet there has been little analysis of how America treats citizens of Arab or middle eastern origin within its own borders.
Steven Salaita explores the reality of Anti-Arab racism in America. He blends personal narrative, theory and polemics to show how this deep-rooted racism affects everything from legislation to cultural life, shining a light on the consequences of Anti-Arab racism both at home and abroad.
The book shows how ingrained racist attitudes can be found within the progressive movements on the political left, as well as the right. Salaita argues that, under the guise of patriotism, Anti-Arab racism fuels support for policies such as the Patriot Act.
Steven Salaita is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is the author of Anti-Arab Racism in the USA (Pluto, 2006), and writes frequently about Arab America and the Arab World.
Introduction: The Evolution of White Supremacy 1. The Perilous World of Savages and Barbarians 2. Ethnic Identity and Imperative Patriotism: Arab Americans Before and After 9/11 3. Observations on a New Fifth Column: Anti-Arab Racism in the American University 4. Is Zionism Racism? 5. Why God Hates Me 6. Re-Dressing Abu Ghraib: The Racism of Denial Conclusion: Stories of a Different Kind Notes Index