Is Libya anti black? Since you're half black libyan have you noticed that?
I have been waiting for a question like this, thank you for asking.
Let me clear something up:
When you see a photo of Black people in Libya being slaughtered with a caption that Libya is now anti-black because gaddafi is dead that is completely BS. This is the result of, often western black people seeing photos of white or Arab Libyan people attacking or killing a black person, and assuming that because gaddafi “loved” black African countries, Anti-gaddafi Libyans are somehow also anti-black. NOT TRUE.
1. During the revolution, gaddafi was losing soldiers because many people were finally leaving his side, this lead him to hire mercenaries. Because south of Libya is Chad, there were a lot of mercenaries from there. Now, back to Libyan rebels killing them, this was out of self defense, or in general fighting the gaddafi regime. It was not anti-black violence, although it can easily be seen that way.
2. Gaddafi wrote in his green book something along the lines describing black people as never succeeding and one day they finally will as a race… Not true. Although anti-blackness is a global issue, us black people have had our own civilizations in Africa long before Europeans. This kind of also goes in hand with #3.
3. Many black Muslim groups love and adore gaddafi because he often vouched for them, and yeah maybe that might be true. He donated tons of money to black African countries as well. But this was at the cost of Libyan lives and money. He robbed us, and by us that includes all Libyans, black, white, amazigh, Arab etc Libyans of our money and left many of us robbed and poor. PLUS, the amazigh language was practically banned, as well as the culture, Jewish Libyans were practically banned under gaddafi. I’ll let you decide if that makes someone a good ruler/person. I’m sure if you search hard enough you can find something good about every dictator… but that is no reason to erase what he has done to his own people.
To conclude, definitely, Libyans in Libya are sometimes anti-black, calling us Abeed, and we are often denied when wanting to marry lighter skinned Libyans. I am NOT trying to excuse the racism from Arab and white Libyans because it actually disgusts me. This is a global issue, and is definitely worse in other Arab countries unfortunately. But what deeply bothers me is when people think that Libya is violent towards black people because gaddafi died, or that somehow his regime promoted a great, equal state which was not the case. There were many many black Libyans killed by gaddafi, many fighted to free Libya of him. Including many of my black libyan family members. There were black libyan rebels who fought against the brutal gaddafi regime. It is utterly disrespectful to them.
Often when people argue that he was this amazing man, they pull up quotes, and some photo of Libya destroyed post-revolution.
As a person who has lived in Libya, prior to the revolution it was a mess, wasn’t free, and people were living terribly. Asking elders, who lived before gaddafi came into power they will tell you how much more Libya thrived in equality, opportunity, and culture. Although it is also struggling now, it is a fact that he was a dictator. It is not a large conspiracy and I am far more than exhausted of non-Libyans who didn’t care of Libya while we had been struggling for 42 years show ME “facts” of how “great” it was for us. He was a brutal dictator.
A hat that belonged to a member of Qaddafi’s forces lies on the ground amid spent bullet cartridges during heavy clashes against anti-Qaddafi forces outside the State Security compound in Sirte, on October 9, 2011. (Reuters/Asmaa Waguih)
This Guy Played for Gaddafi’s Basketball Team at the Start of the Libyan Revolution
There are a few things to expect when you start playing basketball at an international level: a grueling training regime, competitive teammates, and maybe some kind of sponsorship deal involving toiletries or luminous drinks. Stuff you generally don’t prepare yourself for, however, is almost starving to death while the army shoots at civilians just outside your apartment, being forced to survive on cockroaches and toilet water and fleeing a country by way of a border occupied by rebel guards.
That’s what happened to Alex Owumi, an American ball player who moved to Benghazi, Libya after being recruited by Al-Nasr, a team owned by the Gaddafi family. Alex arrived at the end of 2010 and enjoyed a few months as the team’s point guard, before the revolution broke out in February of 2011 and he found himself trapped in his apartment—a lavish place owned by Gaddafi’s son, Mutassim—without any food or electricity.
With little contact to the outside world, he survived by eating worms and drinking toilet water – his teeth turning rotten and the pigment on his face discolouring—until he got a call from his former coach, who smuggled him over the border to Egypt. After arriving in Alexandria, he recovered and started playing for the city’s El Olympi, helping them win 13 games in a row and eventually take the championship.
I gave him a call to talk about his experience, the Gaddafi family and how the revolution changed his outlook on life.
VICE: So, that’s quite an experience you went through. Can you tell me how you ended up in Libya?
Alex Owumi: It was a pretty bad time for me as a player, then my manager phoned me up and told me there was this team in Libya that wanted me to play for them. At that point it was either doing this for me or going back home. And I was welcomed there with open arms.
Did you know at that point that it was Gaddafi’s team you were going to play for? I didn’t find out it was Gaddafi’s team until I first got into my apartment. It was all beautiful and state of the art, but I noticed there were also quite a lot of pictures of Gaddafi and his grandkids. That’s when I finally asked my team captain whose apartment this was, and he told me it belonged to the Gaddafi family.
Turn on the news and watch Ghaddafi’s regime fall down/revolution/history in the making. I wish the best for the Libyan people and I’m hopeful for the future of the country. Ghaddafi is a terrible, murderer and he deserves to be tried as such.