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Remember the post I wrote "And so we're racist", that followed the Ethiopian plane crash in Beirut and how families of Lebanese victims were favored over the Ethiopian ones?
I come to you today with another story, with another "factual and real" story that only took place very recently on Friday July 2nd in Beiruf Club.
Place: Beiruf Club
Date: Friday July 2nd, 2010
Beiruf's Incident - What really happened
A friend of mine, let's call him S, being the nice Lebanese touristic guide he is (aren't we all very hospitable? oh what great trait the Lebanese possess), reserved a big table at Beiruf persons, to show a friend and his non-Lebanese friend, the wonders of Lebanese night life, the joy, the drinks, the dancing, the amazing music... Isn't that what lately we Lebanese have been priding ourselves with?
So 7 of his friends made it inside before him, later when S and his 2 friends, arrived and found themselves standing in front of the big bald long goatee bouncer "Tony", he scans everyone and in particular the non-Lebanese visitor, then tells them that the reservation (which is under S's name) is full. So my friend calls his friends inside, who inform him that there is still place for them. He tells the Bouncer that, yet the Bouncer refuses and kept saying "It's full"... then pauses for a second and replies to S: "But you can go in if you want!"
Maybe the floor manager thinks differently
So my friend, still believing that it's a matter of misunderstanding, goes in and talks to the manager "Fady", but to no avail.. The only thing the manager said was:
"The bouncer only lets neat and elegant looking people in and leaves "the rest" out!"
After a long back and forth discussion, my friend's remark was to the manager: "Is the bouncer your boss, or are you his?"
Apparently the Bouncer to a nightclub is like the king to a palace.
Is it because she's black?
Meanwhile, while S was talking to the manager, the bouncer let 4 more people in to S's table.
Finally, he decides to level with the floor manager and confronts him: "Can you tell me what really gives here and why you're not letting my friends in? Is it because she's black?"
The floor manager turns his face away and says nothing... This is when S lashes out and screams, but really? Will it matter what he says to the prejudiced and racist person?
The owner's indifference
Later on, S's friends ran into Joe Ashkar, the nightclub's owner, told him what happened… Nonetheless, he did not give a flying damn. Because really... being rude to a black person is not a problem... After all, she's inferior to us.
Lebanese - The supreme and superior race
So is this how we treat our visitors? Have we become that low to discriminate people by race? Tony? Fady? You think you are better than other people?
This is complete and utter stupidity. I am ashamed.
And there is more to it
What's sad is that the girl got interested in the Arabic culture since 9/11, and she went to Qatar to study Arabic, met S's friend and was nicely invited to visit Lebanon which she really is fond of. Nevertheless and within her first day in Lebanon, she got discriminated twice.
What's sad is that on that same day, she went shopping for a dress, a nifty "neat and elegant" looking one especially for the Beiruf night out, and after she had waited in line to pay for that dress (who might I add, a pretty expensive one!), as soon as she reached the cashier, she got cut off by another woman! After she had protested to the cashier, he completely ignored her like she was "nothing", like she doesn't matter as a human being.
We actually refer to black people as slaves
So yeah, apparently anyone in Lebanon is better than "black" people... Yeah, actually, may I remind you dear reader, that many of us in Lebanon still refer to "black" people as "3abed" in Arabic which means "slave" in English.
I've even heard them with my own ears while I was in the US, even some Lebanese expatriates who have been living in the US for more than 30 years, refer to them that way.
Maybe it's by ignorance, but it's time to get it
I understand that many do it by ignorance, but come on.. in an era of internet, of globalism, of knowing each other's culture through TVs and documentaries and live streaming.. come on!
True that there are actually Americans or any other nationality out there who are still racist, but just because there are racist people out there doesn't give us the right as Lebanese to remain racist. And please stop blaming everything on our civil war.
Snap out of it. SAY NO TO RACISM.
A favor I ask from all bloggers and readers
Every time something like this happens please inform one of the bloggers or write about it yourself, especially by mentioning the place's name.
Let's report racism. Power to the people.
Disclaimer: I personally thought it is a given, but I will write it and be more specific... Please note that many Lebanese are not racist. Please check my comment here for more elaboration. Thank you.