September 02, 2012

Did you know...

Did you know that the word "semetic" includes many groups besides Jews, including Arabs? Yet somehow the word "anti-semetic" has come to only be about the Jewish people. I loathe that anti-arabism does not roll off the tongue in quite the same way.

Did you know that only 0.5% of the American population is Arab? It amazed me when I was home over the summer how few of them there really are. Comparing the demographics of America to those of the UAE, America actually seems slightly homogeneous. And did you know that on the census, Arabs are told to bubble in the "white" bubble? That makes zero sense to me.

Did you know that most aboriginal people have O blood types? Sometimes A, but never B or AB. Blood type facts are actually quite fascinating, but I have no idea how I ended up looking up that information...

The Internet is a fascinating wealth of knowledge.


  1. I have a friend who has an Arab last name and looks white, except eyebrows that extend to very close to the bridge of her nose. She said that the Arab people in her family also look white. I also know another guy from Afghanistan who is pasty white. But despite a few people's whiteness, you'd think that they'd bubble in "Asian" because "Middle East" = "West Asia".

  2. Arabs are told to bubble in "white" because genetically they are white. There are only four true distinct races (Negro, Caucasian, Asian, Negrito), and you have to select one of them. Indians, North Africans, Arabs, and Europeans are all considered "white." Guess what fascinating wealth of knowledge I learned that from?

    Do Iranians count as Arab? I live in a place that has a 20% Iranian population.

    1. Not really. They're "Persian." Arabs speak Arabic, Iranians speak Persian(aka Farsi.) I suppose Arab isn't a race, so much as a culture. And culturally, Iran is quite different. More like Afghanistan than Iraq.