Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Random Though- Is Sudan racist?

Is the name of our country racist?
Sudan means land of the blacks

11 comments:

Graf von Straf Hindenburg said...

Yes, Kizzie - land of the blacks? What's wrong with that?

Kizzie said...

Sudan was used to refer to the land west of Nubia and later on, sudan was called ethiopia now it's called Sudan. Sudan was called Sudan by the Arabs in the 19th century when slave-trade was rampant.
I always associate the term sudan with arab slave-trade . I think it's because when I used to live in the Middle East, they though of it that way.

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

Sudan was the name used for most of Islamic Africa, on the same latitude.

Mali used to be called French Sudan before 1960.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Genocide is going there right now. Calling them names wont do anything. Action is required.

Daana said...

Well, just like you said. Sudan is actually the name of all sub-saharan african lands. Slave Trade was not rampant only in the 19th century. Arabs have known slave trade way longer than that. Even in pre-Islamic arabia (remember antar ibn shadad his mother was a slave also Bilal ibn Rabah). I think the new name was most probably given during colonial times when lands started being divided into their known geographical boundaries of today. Is it racist? I don't know...I guess if u look at it in a way that it defines a whole country solely based on the the color of the majority of its people then yes it is.

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

Sudan used to mean a much wider area at one time.
Mali used to be called French Sudan until 1960.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a lot I am learning from your blog, Kizzie. Now that I've seen your response to James's comment, I see what you mean in the post.

Lord Nazh© said...

it's according to who you ask Kizzie. Those with racist tendencies would say yes.

KadidiaTerri said...

What name would Sudanese choose if they could rename Sudan?...

AyMoNy said...

If there are people who have the right to think the name of Sudan is racist, they would definitely be the "White" people of Sudan.

Dalu said...

I never thought of it as racist. Though I suppose I always neglected the historical development of this title.

I guess the pride in my blackness caused me to embrace it more than neglect it.

But I suppose, non blacks in Sudan would feel that it's racist.

Oh I don't know...