May 23 2012
Gee, I wonder if they will tell the students in Harlem that the word for black in Arabic is the same as the word for slave? In the Arabic language, even before the prophet Mohammed, a slave owner and trader himself, the word slave – ‘Abd’ – was the same word used to describe Black Africans. Arabs always looked upon Black people as inferior beings. Muslims, today, still do.
WSLS An elementary school in Harlem is the first in New York City to offer regular Arabic-language instruction. City officials are joining founders of the program at Public School 368 for an official announcement Wednesday.
The program is sponsored by the educational nonprofit Global Language Project and by the Qatar Foundation International.
Second-graders at P.S. 368 have been learning Arabic in a 10-week pilot program. All the students in the second through fifth grades will be required to learn Arabic starting in the fall. They will have two 45-minute Arabic classes each week. Global Languages Project founder Angela Jackson said the Arabic classes will be a draw for parents.
Today, even centuries after slavery has been outlawed in most of the world, Arab Muslims enslave tens of thousands of Black Muslims and Christians in North Africa and the Gulf States.