Khalid says that before leaving Egypt, he met with sub-Saharan African students who told him they faced racial harassment just strolling down Cairo streets.Moreover, Khalid writes that male and female refugees from sub-Saharan African nations such as Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea routinely face security roundups in Cairo."Whenever my wife would come to the airport to pick me up, she'd often have to fend off several Arab men, who assumed that, as a black woman, she was somehow immediately 'available' to their desires, whether she was married or not," recalled Khalid in a thoughtful piece called "Egypt's Race Problem." I've never been to Egypt, but as a black woman who's traveled to countries such as Mexico, Italy and Spain, I've experienced similar treatment.Particularly in Italy and Mexico, I endured men leering at me, catcalling me and insisting that I meet them for dates.
But it's not only dark-skinned women who face bigotry in Egypt."For too many Egyptians, sub-Saharan Africa is a stereotypical exotic land of thick jungles and masses of poor, starving and black-skinned savages," Khalid explains.But I'd argue that this is a global perception of "black Africa" and not just an Egyptian one.But I think I might play devil's advocate and "defend" the racism.Essentially, modern Egyptians are probably a blend of Sub-Saharan Africans (Nubian) and other African people.I don't think black women should reconsider naming their children Isis.I appreciate the look into race relations in Egypt.From Tombstone to tent jails, from the Valley of the Sun to lost cities of gold, this aerial tour celebrates and studies a colorful state filled with equally colorful characters.Add or subtract the given number of hours to/from Cairo time to get the time in these cities.The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but it's just one of many breathtaking marvels you'll find in Arizona.Explore the Copper State's remarkable history and its awe-inspiring landscapes, spectacular sunsets and infamous gunfights.