Oddly enough, however, middle eastern americans are not even considered a minority in official government data he explains how american constructions of middle eastern racial identity have changed over the last two centuries, paying particular attention to the shift in perceptions of the. The bureau has considered americans of middle eastern and north african descent white since the 1920s and has repeatedly rejected appeals for minority status citing the 1997 office of management and budget (omb) guideline that defines white as a person having origins in the original peoples of. Get this from a library whitewashed : america's invisible middle eastern minority tehranian chronicles how american law constructed whiteness, how middle eastern immigrants struggled to assimilate, and documents how this officially white population does not share in the bounty of white.
The middle eastern question lies at the heart of the most pressing issues of our time: the war in iraq and on terrorism he provides an important contribution to the dynamic study of the legal and political status of racial and ethnic minorities in the united states. The undergraduate curriculum in middle east studies provides a grounding in the modern middle east and a view of how this region fits into the world community politically, historically, and economically to achieve this understanding, students take courses in the social sciences and the humanities, and are. Middle east minorities ma course: minorities in world politics chaszar, edward international protection of minorities in the middle east: a status report 1986 dillon, michael, muslims in post-mao china, journal of muslims minority affairs, vol16, no1, 1996.
The middle class, which for 40 years has represented a majority of the country and provided the economic engine of prosperity, is now just half protesters hold signs that read, middle class over millionaires while standing under a sign that reads, republicans: don't drop the ball on the middle. Meanwhile, america entered an undeclared war against middle eastern guerrillas but all this has been given up for the sake of a numerically inconsequential american minority the sheik in your pocket today may be the imam who declares war on you tomorrow. Washington report on middle east affairs, october 1991, page 45 the middle east and the law arab-american businessman achieves breakthrough with minority status by omar m kader in 1986 i experienced an incident of blatant prejudice that resulted in. Middle eastern americans are americans with origins or citizenship from the middle east according to the us census bureau, the term middle eastern american applies to anyone of western asian and north african (middle eastern) extraction this definition includes both diasporic peoples (ie. Middle eastern minorities between integration and conflict some of these conflicts are well known to americans, like the communal struggle among middle eastern minorities is the starting point for policymakers and scholars committed to understanding and resolving the region's many conflicts.
Who we are the lgbtq association of middle eastern americans (al gamea) is a minority owned and operated tax-exempt organization housed in a multi-use facility in the heart of downtown ferndale at northern border of the city of detroit established in 2004, we provide direct services to meet the. Whitewashed: america's invisible middle eastern minority this chapter emphasizes having the american government treat middle easterners as a protected racial and ethnic minority, especially for the purposes of empirically assessing discrimination against them. The term middle eastern americans refers to immigrants and their native-born descendants who trace their ancestry to the middle east and north africa additionally, there are minority populations (both ethnic and religious) from these nation states who are also middle eastern americans. The interdisciplinary minor middle eastern studies focuses on the cultures and societies of the contemporary middle east while the middle east and north africa have been prominent in media and public debate for decades, the region continues to be presented as an enigma in which modernity.
The future of religious minorities in the middle east addresses the domestic and international politics that have created conditions for contemporary religious cleansing in the middle east it provides a platform for a host of distinguished scholars, journalists, human rights activists, and political. Posts about americans written by thomas a carlson. Good and bad news for beleaguered faith groups and their supporters. America's invisible york minority tehranian press new middle eastern by following author loren d lybarger share this article click here to see the statistics on journal of american ethnic history.
Conflict in the middle east headlines most newscasts, yet coverage and understanding of middle eastern americans is negligible we'll find out why this hour with attorney and professor john tehranian, author of whitewashed: america's invisible middle eastern minority (nyu press, 2008. A middle eastern minority is thus, by definition, one that is neither sunni, nor arab consequently, ever since it bought out great britain as the region's dominant external power after world war ii, america's principal diplomatic crusade has been to forge a lasting peace between israel—the most. Although syria and iraq are primarily muslim, religious and ethnic minorities are part of the social fabric of the two countries, and have been affected by. Majority of middle eastern americans are of arab descent although there is a sizable population of iranian americans american minorities made up a significant amount of america's population in the 1920s and 1930s, estimated to be around 119 million people, according to.
Oddly enough, however, middle eastern americans are not even considered a minority in official government data instead, they are deemed white by law he explains how american constructions of middle eastern racial identity have changed over the last two centuries, paying particular attention. I am a brown, middle eastern iranian-american i will identify as nothing else, and without such i am incomplete how natural disaster relief fails minorities child sex trafficking victims are treated like criminals the us is killing innocent people in yemen.
Who are the religious minorities of the middle east several other middle eastern religious communities have roots in shiite islam and venerate civil war and radical jihadi groups in syria the american invasion, subsequent civil war, and the rise of isis in iraq violence between the. Middle eastern americans are americans with ancestry or citizenship from the middle east according to the us census bureau, the term middle eastern american applies to anyone of western asian and north african extraction. Middle eastern immigrant communities are often lumped together by us politicians and the general public as 'arabs' persians and even non-middle east groups like south indians and pakistanis have shared the brunt of widespread anti-arab (and anti-iranian) prejudice arab americans and other.