8 Disturbing Things to Know About Being Black in Modern Day Egypt

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Egyptian media portrays Black people as inferior.

According to the al-Araby al-Jadeed article, “representation of black people in cinema and other media has often historically been either marginal or racist.” Black men are always casted as doormen, cooks, servants, and drivers, while Black women often play the maid or the nanny. Even the Egyptian news media criminalizes the Black community. For instance, the article expresses that an Egyptian newspaper openly accused “’n****rs’ and ‘the [Black] terror gangs in Cairo’ of committing most crimes against activists and journalists.”

 

(Ben Curtis/Associated Press)

Black refugees are second-class citizens.

According to a 2013 article released by Aljazeera, “non-Arab,” or Black, refugees are forced to overcome “much more serious problems.” This is due to the fact that, in many cases, “most refugees in Egypt must remain in the country without identification or any means of subsistence for at least three years.” As a result, “they are forced into the dark economy, working illegally at cafes, on construction sites, and in other manual jobs where abuse is routine and they have little protection in law.” These Black refugees are not guaranteed an education, healthcare, legal protection, or employment. They are ultimately considered to be second-class citizens.

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