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Imperial expansion in the Middle East, it became clear that the long-standing question of whether or not Arabs were “white”—whether in terms of historical concepts of biological race or post-1960s concepts of community experiences with racism—was never quite resolved. S. S. media and government policies have consistently represented Arabs as different from and inferior to whites. In addition, Arab Americans have also put forth differing ideas of race, some claiming whiteness and others refuting such categorizations.
S. military, political, and economic intervention in the Arab region. S. government. When Israel won the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the United States admired Israel and considered the country a strategic ally. Aligning with Israel helped the United States recover from what McAlister refers to as “the Vietnam syndrome” (2001). S. government and media representations of Arab men as potential threats to American finances and American national security. S. S. nation paralleled the increasing significance of oil to the global economy.
Muslim guys from Syria used to come with us. We loved eating the food together. At that time, there were about twenty to thirty Palestinian families and three Jordanian families around. We were very close and the church was our base. We tried to keep our culture alive and judged each other in terms of how good we were in keeping our culture. These stories reflect how a politics of ethnic accommodation has shaped middle-class Arab organizations in the Bay Area such as the Ramallah Club and, later, the Arab Cultural Center.