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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Monday May 24, 2004
05:44 PM

Lazy, sex-obsessed, and apt to turn violent

[ #18919 ]
Dear Log,

«Consider these statements:

  • "Why are most Africans, unless forced by dire necessity to earn their livelihood with 'the sweat of their brow', so loath to undertake any work that dirties the hands?"
  • "The all-encompassing preoccupation with sex in the African mind emerges clearly in two manifestations ..."
  • "In the African view of human nature, no person is supposed to be able to maintain incessant, uninterrupted control over himself. Any event that is outside routine everyday occurrence can trigger such a loss of control ... Once aroused, African hostility will vent itself indiscriminately on all outsiders."

[...]Replace the word "African" in the quotations above with the word "Arab", and you have them as they appear in the book [The Arab Mind]. It is, the book says, the Arabs who are lazy, sex-obsessed, and apt to turn violent over the slightest little thing.

Writing about Arabs, rather than black people, in these terms apparently makes all the difference between a racist smear and an admirable work of scholarship.»

--'Its best use is as a doorstop" : Brian Whitaker explains why a book packed with sweeping generalisations about Arabs carries so much weight with both neocons and military in the US"

Alternate title I'd have suggested for The Arab Mind: "The Arabia that can say YALALALALALALALALALA!".

Also: wait, does this mean there's horrible bigots in with cons and neocons and in the US military!?

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