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In Morocco, and north Africa, there is a serious problem of racism towards Black people. Called “Black Africans,” they are considered descendants of slaves and labeled “hartani”—literally, “second-rate free men”—or even worse, “aâzi”—which translates to “bloody Negro”. Blacks in Morocco, be they students, migrants, from the South of the Sahara or others, are constant victims of discrimination...

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Racism towards Blacks in Morocco and Maghreb, a taboo topic -
I am black and I have been married to a Moroccan woman for about 13 years. I know of MANY cases of black men getting married to Moroccan women. I can say for a fact that the "so-called" racism problem that the author says exist in Morocco is exaggerated. Racism exist everywhere, but it is not very deep in Morocco. Africans have been living in Morocco for centuries. Most Moroccans are very comfortable around Africans. As a rule, Moroccans are the least racist of all arabs. This is a fact. - Friday 28 January 2011 - 02:18

Racism towards Blacks in Morocco and Maghreb, a taboo topic -
First and foremost, I would like to extend my deepest thanks to the writer. I lived in Maroc for over 2 yrs where I was sent on a government scholarship. I experienced life in there just as described by the author and some commenters. I was full with the anxiety of studying in a foreign nation then mine unfortunately that was just a dream. The reality shows that Morocco wasn't a place for any black person especially students. I left with one question in mind, why invite people you don't like? - Friday 3 September 2010 - 16:12

Racism towards Blacks in Morocco and Maghreb, a taboo topic -
I don't know on what you have based your article, but I know many senegalese that decided to live in Morocco, in the region of Souss and have married women from there. This article is diected toward hatered between ethnecies, while that's not what exists in Morocco. It's not about being black, white or yellow... In Morocco, there are still social categories, and that people pay a big attention to. As being in the lower category (seen by some) there are many jobs I can't be accepted in (I'm white - Thursday 5 August 2010 - 09:53

Racism towards Blacks in Morocco and Maghreb, a taboo topic -
My experience in the beautiful country of Morocco would cause me to agree with both sides of the argument here. I was treated very well and with respect by my hosts as well as the general citizenry. I am very knowledgeable of the history of the Kingdom and it has been ruled in the past by dynasties that would be regarded as "Black African" or "mixed" today. The French and Spanish colonial regimes exacerbated the race-based social stratification and racial attitudes that do exist today. - Sunday 1 August 2010 - 00:40

Racism towards Blacks in Morocco and Maghreb, a taboo topic -
Morocco was the Maghreb country which interacted most with Black Africa, there was a superhighway running from Sijilmassa to Timbuctu and our Sufis, especially the Tijanis, had strong ties in Sudan (Mali, Senegal, Guinea) and many settled there. Of course there are problems, some created by the French like using Senegalese troops to crush our resistance to colonialism which left bad memories, and there were black slaves at one time (we also had whilte slaves). - Friday 30 July 2010 - 14:47

Racism towards Blacks in Morocco and Maghreb, a taboo topic -
I like the comments so far, but Ms Smahane Bouyahia owes an apology to all Moroccans, her article is very subjective and I sense she doesn't like us for some reason and tried her best to depict us negatively. She is also technically wrong on many things, like meanings of "hartani" (used in Mauritania) and "azzi" ("bloody Negro"????? where did you get that, Smahane???). "Blacks are considered descendents of slaves....and are constant victims of discrimination," now that is is nonsense! - Friday 30 July 2010 - 14:36

there is just no racism in morocco -
the writer of the article seems very angry at moroccan people describing a daily life of wrongdoings against them, like everyone else moroccans are curious, they are curious however in their own manner, the curiosity that leads one to want to know the other sometimes take wrong forms, a friend from south korea who is called by moroccans chinese gets nervous and considers this racism, words have meaning, what might be racism for black africans is just a sort of curiosity on the part of moroccans - Friday 30 July 2010 - 14:03

Racism towards Blacks in Morocco and Maghreb, a taboo topic -
The racism in Morocco is ancient and has probably been exacerbated during and after the french domination of the country. During the days of the protectorate, there was a humiliating quasi-apartheid which people wish to forget. Parts of the cities were forbidden to the indigenous. Jobs, public space were segregated. The ideal is to look european and white. At the opposite was the black african. I am ashamed of the racism that is today, considering that all moroccans must have a black ancestor. - Friday 30 July 2010 - 12:46

Racism towards Blacks in Morocco and Maghreb, a taboo topic -
I am Morocan African white and proud to be. This article is telling us lies, it is very bias. My brother is kind of brown and we called him Azzi, it does not have anything to do with racism. When I used to study in Casablanca's university, I have had many black African friends Christian and Muslim, we never have had any kind of problem. Ready this article, make Moroccan look very racist, there are many Sub-Saharan Africans are living among us in peace and respect. - Thursday 29 July 2010 - 21:52

Racism towards Blacks in Morocco and Maghreb, a taboo topic -
this article shows no neutrality even by given some examples of Moroccan citizen talking about what this article called moroccan the racist people.from the title you can tell that the writer arguments are bias. Well mr or ms who writer of this article ,let me tell u that I've studied in morocco before(USA now). I had lot of Africans classmates from different African coutries. I've never heard some complain about racism they even get special good attention from us.they r very welcomed in morocc - Thursday 29 July 2010 - 21:47

Racism towards Blacks in Morocco and Maghreb, a taboo topic -
I don't think this article reflects the reality, Moroccans do say "azzi" and things like that, but it has nothing to do with racism, it's more of a joke! Black Africans in Morocco should forget all this nonsense, you are our brothers and sisters and we love you, and please stop being paranoiac! - Thursday 29 July 2010 - 17:06



 


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