Thinking about given assignment, I’ve decided to speak about the most relevant problem, which I face as a member of Arabian community. It is quite hard to say that I have witnessed real racial discrimination, however, the sense of segregation with native population is still rather tangible. In this order, I would like to remind the words of Moustafa Bayoumi from his speech on Northern Michigan University’s week-long recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “The unfortunate truth is that we still have to enter Dr. King’s dream, where everyone would be judged not by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. For Muslims and Arabs in America this can be an especially difficult time, where the ring of their name or the caramel of their skin or the cover on their hair has made their lives much harder to live. And while this is true for Arabs and Muslims today, it is also true for many others as well”(Stark).
I’m not predisposed to be too dramatic at this part. Obviously, even the most insignificant manifestations of discriminative behavior are socially harmful. In this regard, we may remind Clark Williams’ statement: “There are both moral and sometimes legal reasons to act against racism. There are also strong pragmatic reasons as well. Racism can harm not only the recipient of the racism, but also the larger society, and indirectly the very people who are engaging in the racism” (Williams). However, there are always ways out to cope even with the most complicated task. Speaking about announced problem of Arab community, I would recommend its members several tips that might be helpful according to my experience. The first is the efforts towards assimilation what is the synonym to adaptation. In my opinion appropriate aspiration should be initiated by Arab community as the smaller part of the entire community of certain area. Not faked respect to cultural values always predisposes majority to minority groups, especially, if we talk about civilized and liberal society. At second, I would like to say that problems faced by members of Arabian communities are often generated by intolerance. Herewith, such intolerance can be originated by both sides of moral conflict. Often distrust and social isolation of Arabs becomes the reason of raised suspects about them. Thereby, I advice to extend as much efforts to enter strange cultural community as you can. With so popular “campus diversity” ideology, it is not so difficult for foreign students by the way. Frankly, it is all about the initiative and it looks absolutely clear that those who aim to be assimilated should originate it at the first hand. However, members of Arabian communities face not only problems of cultural and social adaptation. In rare cases, they have to face cruel and illegal acts of intolerance. At this part, there is no need to talk about cultural consensus and efforts to establish collaboration in such situations. It is time to response adequately and to protect own human dignity. Legal means of influence on appropriate offenders will help to predict appearance of similar cases in future.
So, I see the solution of problems faced by Arabian communities in two fields – relationship domain and law. Initiative to establish contacts manifested by the minority in respect to cultural traditions of region is often efficient tool to get wanted adaptation. Obviously, it will not resolve all problems. However, it is significant step to achieve wanted purpose.
Stark, Jackie. “Speaker addresses challenges faced by Arab American community”. Web 24 Feb. 2012. http://www.miningjournal.net/page/content.detail/id/571337/Speaker-addresses-challenges-faced-by-Arab-American-community.html?nav=5006
Cherry, Kendra. “What is assimilation?”. Web 24 Feb. 2012. http://psychology.about.com/od/aindex/g/assimilation.htm
Williams, Clark. “Dealing with racism”. Web 24 Feb. 2012. http://marianna68.wordpress.com/2007/09/24/dealing-with-racism/