Venting Post: Dealing with Double-Standards by your own people
I was born and raised from Arab immigrant parents in the United States. After 9/11, I went through all the normal forms of racism...I mean random security...at the airports. So when I go back, especially through London, there's nothing new there.
However, not only am I being discriminated against in those two countries but also when I come back to work here in Doha. In order for me to get an official contract to sign, they want me to give them my CRIMINAL RECORD. I asked if everyone had to do this, but they replied that only if you have an Arabic name do you have to be humiliated like this.
I understand the paranoid racism in Britain and America, but also here? In the Middle East? Supposedly where I thought I could come back and get away from all that?
It seems there is no where I can go without being lambasted for being an Arab, or rather Muslim, because even if you're Pakistani or Indian and your name sounds Arabic you have to submit your criminal record as well.
Don't worry caucasians/asians/blacks or whoever else is reading this, you don't need to provide your criminal records unless you adopted an Arabic name.
If any Qatari government officials happen to be reading this, consider these points and don't deport me:
1) Do so-called terrorists have criminal records? Did Bin Laden have one? Did Zarqawi have one? How many terrorists have ever committed a crime?
2) Is this helping or making it worse? How many terrorists have you caught or deterred? How pissed off do you think are the people who are subjected to this humiliating decree who have to submit another document to this woeffully inefficient bureaucratic system, shaving off another few days of time?
3) If someone DOES have a criminal past, how does that disqualify him or her from their current job, especially if they have been doing well? And what type of criminal record would an ARAB have? Because you know all the Arabs are embezzling, murdering, raping and committing general debauchery!
4) How much money did the Americans pay you to import racism into the one place where it shouldn't exist?
Shall I come in for a cavity search as well so you can pull the c-4 from my...well...I suppose this post will have to remain G-rated.
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