Monday, January 19, 2009

Black Iraqis make Obama a model to follow

I saw this and at first thought, "There are Black Iraqis?!" Then realized that of course there are, because the African diaspora was worldwide. Not surprisingly, although the outcome was different for Blacks who ended up in Iraq vs. the U.S. or Europe, the stories are similar: brought in as slaves to build the city (draining marshes and building Basra in southern Iraq, doing the same across the U.S., including construction of the White House), their descendants faced discrimination and second class citizenship and exclusion from civic participation. Now Pres. Elect Obama's election has given them new hope. Fascinating read.

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