Though in some ways very worldly, the Lebanese suffer from an acute sense of pride – in both who they are, and who they are not. Lebanon is full of passive racism, some of which is not ill-intentioned, but for the most part it’s pretty gruesome stuff. For example, I remember exiting the Baalbek grounds with my (fully-Lebanese) aunt to a barrage of Lebanese selling tourist junk. After working our way with difficulty through the throng, my aunt mumbled to me that they were “almost as bad as the Syrians.”

Sheesh.

Of course, not everyone is like this, but it is surprising that a people with their shoes dirty from six continents is so OK with racism at home. An excellent post, from Mind Soup, takes a good look at the issue of racism in Lebanon, in particular regarding the Ouzai raid on the Sudanese charity party. For some more info, check out the Anti-Racism Movement on facebook.

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