*growing up / going to school in Saudi Arabia *— sometimes RAY (@Rahmaaaya) July 18, 2018
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Racism is not just restricted to the United States. The epidemic of discriminating people of color is global.
After Twitter user, Rahmaaaya, shared her story of facing racism in her Saudi school, many people shared their own heartbreaking stories.
“Growing up/going to school in Saudi Arabia,” Rahmaaya captioned her story using a viral picture of American rapper Cardi B. Within a few minutes, other black people shared how they were discriminated and faced hate speech in their schools, not just in the conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia but also in different Arab countries.
Twitter user Tayeb Hajo recalled how he had been traumatized in school for being dark skinned.
“When I was in 1st grade in Dammam, Saudi. More than 1 Saudi kid told me their parents would say dark skin is caused by committing sins. Me: but I am Muslim too,” he said.
“My teacher in 8th grade straight up said "son of Abdul black" in front of my classmates. So I got in a fist fight with his dumb a** and then the school board told me I should apologize or I get suspended,” wrote Umar Iqlyas.
People who weren't even from African countries also faced discrimination.
“I’m Saudi and they used to call me Sudani in school because I’m black. Sorry to what happened to you in my country,” explained Ibrahim Mohammed.
Other people pointed out how racism is a problem across the Arab world.
You're lucky you didn't grow up in Libya. I am a descendant of one of Libya's native tribes, yet I spent most of my time in Libya fighting racist Arab beliefs & racial slurs so common that they're considered as normal social interaction. Never going back to that hellhole.. https://t.co/lbM7yXm0Ay— Saif Hassan (@Saif_hag) July 20, 2018
Nevertheless, several people offered African-Arabs their support after Rahmaaya’s post.
On behalf of saudis, I'm sorry— K?L (@khalidfarran) July 20, 2018
I’m sorry you had to go through this, you’re beautiful ??— ?????? (@Farahhussam_) July 20, 2018
I sincerely apologize for you and everyone who experienced such a thing in my country. I really have nothing to say except apologizing. But I’d like to say that the majority are not racists and we really welcome anyone from any culture! ??— A girl has no name (@3marcx) July 20, 2018
although i know words doesn’t mean that much but i am sure they grow up and realize how awesome and kind people of Sudan are ????— Atheer? (@AtheeresMajor) July 20, 2018
Im so sorry u had to go through such things.. I wish you know that not everyone in saudi is this disgusting.. and there are good people here.— Amal.. (@realllllamal) July 21, 2018
We are sorry they were bad and you didn’t deserve that racist ??— ?????? ? (@hilalhfc9_) July 22, 2018
Black people have been treated inhumanely by the Arabs, who treat them like slaves. In June, two Kenyan women were beaten up in Beirut by a Lebanese official after they questioned him for almost hitting them with his vehicle.
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