Are African American Leaders Ignoring Darfur?
Why is it that one hears so little about the ongoing genocide in Darfur from African American leaders? Why isn't this a cause celebre for them? Arab Sudanese militias, the Janjaweed, have engaged in systematic slaughter, rape and looting of the non-Arab African population of Darfur. Entire villages have been destroyed. The survivors languish in refugee camps, which themselves become targets of Janjaweed raids.
Yet I dare say that the American Jewish community has been more outspoken about the genocide in Darfur than the African American community. Don't just take my word for it. In September 2006, Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir blamed "Zionist organizations" for stoking public opposition in the United States against his government, through the organizing of nationwide protests against the violence in Darfur.
I ask this with pure motives and the hope that others will set me right: Are some African American leaders afraid to criticize Arab and Islamic interests, even in the face of black African victimization?