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LGBT Middle Eastern/Arab Americans

Okyeraa Ohene-Asah; Raymond Arthur Smith

Title:
LGBT Middle Eastern/Arab Americans
Author(s):
Ohene-Asah, Okyeraa
Smith, Raymond Arthur
Date:
Type:
Reports
Department(s):
Political Science
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Series:
Majority Rule and Minority Rights Issue Briefs
Geographic Area:
Middle East
Abstract:
Middle Eastern/Arab Americans may comprise a small portion of the United States’ population but they are a diverse group of people. Arab Americans in particular come from 22 nation states such as Iraq, Somalia, Egypt, Morocco, and Jordan and represent a range of religions. In a post 9/11 world, Middle Eastern and Arab Americans must contend with an increased amount of discrimination. However unlike People of Color (POC), Middle Eastern and Arab Americans are not protected from race based discrimination because they are officially classified as white on the United States census. Thus they do not enjoy the unearned privileges and protection that stem from whiteness. Additionally, this classification erases the complexities and differences that exist within the Middle Eastern/Arab American identities. For these reasons, Middle Eastern/Arab Americans are marginalized like POC.
Subject(s):
Sexual minorities
Arab Americans--Social conditions
Discrimination
Minorities--Social conditions
Political science
Gay and lesbian studies
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Okyeraa Ohene-Asah, Raymond Arthur Smith, , LGBT Middle Eastern/Arab Americans, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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