Lets have a bit of a talk about the Middle East and why it’s actually West Asia
First lets describe what the ‘Middle East’ actually is
The Middle East is focused on Western Asia and Egypt, it encompasses around thirty two ethnic groups and seventeen countries. It is the birthplace of many modern religions.
Now how did it come to be known as the ‘ Middle East’ ?
Well when Britain was in its colonial days it decided that ‘West Asia’ wasn’t enough so they forced the name ‘Middle East’ onto our land.
It’s because of Eurocentric ideals that we are now known as ‘The Middle East’ and not part of our home, Asia.
What does this mean?
Most of our people use the term Asian for ourselves once we find out about the European influence in our areas name. But there is a struggle because mainly white people refuse to see us other than the categories they put us in.
If you don’t see The Middle East as part of Asia take a step back and wonder why that is. If you live in a Eurocentric country you can probably guess why.
I’m Middle Eastern, Can I use the term West Asian/Asian for myself?
You absolutely can. Many Middle Eastern bloggers use the term West Asian for themselves once they actually do the research. BUT this does not mean you can reclaim East Asian slurs. Please keep that in mind.
Please reblog this, and yes you can reblog if you are white.