When the Angry Arab repeatedly rails against the White Man and those who seek to please this White Man, he tells us something about Arab Americans. Take this posting for instance:
All Saudi media are celebrating: they are proud that CNN (i.e. the White Man) has called the Saudi King “a maker of history.” I would not call him a maker of a chair or a cake, but that is just me. (thanks Jamal)
Or this one:
This will be a cause for celebration. The Lebanonese will declare it evidence of the presence of the White Man in them: “The team says it found a particular DNA signature which recently appeared in Lebanon and is probably linked to the crusades.” (thanks Kawkab, Jens, and David)
Or yet another:
No Arab publication exhibits the inferiority complexes towards the White Man more than An-Nahar (the right-wing, sectarian Christian, anti-Syrian (people), anti-Palestinian (people) Lebanese daily). Here, they interview an expert on American politics who has nothing to do with the Middle East and they ask him detailed questions about the Middle East and the potato homeland.
When the White Man finds a Wog he Likes. You have to give it to the White Man. Really. I mean, when he finds a wog that he likes, he really really promotes him/her. Look at the case of Sari Nusseibeh (or how Hirsi Ali’s book was elevated to the New York Times’ bestseller list weeks after her arrival into the US, and how she has instantly become as American as banana cream pie).
When one searches the Angry Arab News’s archives, he finds around 105 posts in which the phrase “White Man” occurs, often multiple times in the same post. Even in his recent piece on May Murr, one finds the phrase الرجل الأبيض (rajul al-bayed, lit. the white man). There is an irony here that Abukhalil may be playing up intentionally; the Lebanese, perhaps more than any subset of
Phoenicians Arabs, often pride themselves on being of fairer hue than most of of their Arab brethren and it is not uncommon for them to describe themselves as “Mediterraneans” or whites. This is common among many Arabs, including North Africans. These peoples often do not differ physically in any meaningful sense from Greeks, Italians, or Portuguese people (on the other hand, many Arabs are obviously far more distinctive which causes confusion in self-perception in multi-racial and multi-cultural settings, such as the United States). The irony is of course that though these folks may often consider themselves to be “white men,” they are perceived by many Westerners are being brown or something else not quite “white.” Perception trumps physiology.
The attitude that the repeated use of the “White Man” reflects is typical of many Arab immigrants to the United States who came after the 1960’s, and whose racial and political attitudes are colored with Third World orientations as opposed to the concerted assimilationism of earlier generations of Arab immigrants. The line between whiteness and otherliness is a point of continuing controversy among Arab Americans.