How Does It Feel to Be A Problem?

How Does It Feel to Be A Problem?

Being Young and Arab in America

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The story of how young Arab and Muslim Americans are forging lives for themselves in a country that often mistakes them for the enemy. Just over a century ago, W.E.B. Du Bois posed a probing question in his classic The Souls of Black Folk: How does it feel to be a problem? Now, Moustafa Bayoumi asks the same about America's new "problem"--Arab- and Muslim-Americans. Bayoumi takes readers into the lives of seven twenty-somethings living in Brooklyn, home to the largest Arab-American population in the United States. He moves beyond stereotypes and clichés to reveal their often unseen struggles, from being subjected to government surveillance to the indignities of workplace discrimination. Through it all, these young men and women persevere through triumphs and setbacks as they help weave the tapestry of a new society that is, at its heart, purely American. -- Publisher Description.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781594201769
1594201765
9780143115410
0143115413
Characteristics: 291, 10 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Being young and Arab in America

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Aug 12, 2016

Here are two books, this one and the recent one by Philip Haney, See Something, Say Nothing - - and from what articles and news stories I've read, which these books derive from, they both have much to say which is valid.
Just as during the Clinton Administration, the leader of the Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Massoud, wasn't allowed in the USA to warn of an impending attack on US soil, while members of the Taliban were welcome here, including the Taliban jet pilot who lived in America while traveling back and forth to run bombing sorties against the Northern Alliance, and the Taliban were financed and armed in the 1990s by the CIA and Unocal, so too is what Bayoumi describing accurate.
Appears to be a most odd mixture of official behaviors going on today, just as at a recent Pentagon briefing several general officers admitted that $1 billion was spent in training Syrian so-called rebels, and only five rebels were the result [the other trainees, financed and armed from that $1 billion, returned to ISIS and/or al Qaeda!!!!!].
Plenty to write about on both sides of this issue!
LET US never forget in America how Julie Sirrs, the intrepid former analyst with the DIA, was run out of that agency for her stalwart work in attempting to warn of 9/11! Let us never forget the treatment of FBI agent Colleen Rowley, and others who attempted to warn of impending troubles!
Let us peruse this information and judge it wisely - - both books! [France recently shut down 20 mosques which preached Salafism - - and that was a wise action!]

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