Saturday, May 19, 2007

Black Americans in Saudi.

Many Black Americans who went to work in Saudi Arabia liked the place very much. They said that by and large they were treated very well and felt more accepted there than they were back home. Many have also noticed with surprise that there was no police harassment anymore. They could just go anywhere, any neighborhood, any store, drive nice cars and feel, well…freedom. No one would bother them. Some would remark that as Blacks they felt better treated than white Americans since Saudis would feel more affinity with someone who could pass for a Saudi Muslim ( Black Americans could) than for someone who could not ( most white Americans could not pass for a Saudi) .

Many would be invited to Saudi homes (white Americans usually would not be) and generally, they would fit in quite well. Those who became Muslims felt even better.

It does not mean that there is no racism in Saudi Arabia at all, it just means that in many ways, there is far less racism there than in the West. At least, when it comes to the treatment of Black Americans, that is definitely the case. Islam strictly prohibits racial discrimination, whereas, in Christianity, there does not seem to be any express prohibition of it. This is why in the US; you have Black churches and Korean churches, etc. In Saudi Arabia there would never be a Black mosque. A Mosque is just a Mosque. Any Muslim can go there and pray.

It is also important to note here that whenever there is a terrorist group that wants to kill Americans, a Black American is usually not affected by the threat, unless he is in a group of white colleagues. And there have been cases of Black Americans being charged less for rent than white Americans.

Not only that. Saudi Arabia and many other countries in the Gulf are a home to a large Ethiopian community with thousands of gorgeous young women with faces like Queen of Sheba or Nefertiti all dreaming to land a handsome Black American husband or boyfriend. I have known of US guys in their 60is having 21 year old Ethiopian girlfriends who looked like supermodels with the guys looking like death slightly warmed over.

So, it is beneficial to be Black in Saudi in more ways than one.

Not every Black American had a good experience in Saudi, but, by and large, those who have worked there, liked it, felt very good about themselves, and they way they were treated there. They also got good salaries and high social status. All in all, Black Americans like Saudi Arabia and enjoy being there and if you are a Black American man, you are very likely to have a good time there, too, and maybe, should consider getting a job there in the nearest future.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"It does not mean that there is no racism in Saudi Arabia at all, it just means that in many ways, there is far less racism there than in the West...And there have been cases of Black Americans being charged less for rent than white Americans. "

--Just don't tell that to the Indians or whites that go there. How is charging differing rent rates to differing races not racism? Don't forget, racism is not just whiotes --> anyone else. Racism goes all ways...