I think I need some ignorant “journalists” to stfu on Tuareg now. I’m not comfortable with anyone stealing a part of my history right before my eyes: Tuareg are Tuareg, Amazigh, African, Indigenous. Not Arabs, not Gypsys, and certainly not Whites (white people have the whole world now they also want this, GTFOH!!)
This is the latest:
Tuareg, did not want to be ruled by Blacks (sound familiar?). The racial divide was an old one.
Wait, what? My skin is pretty dark for a white person. I’ve noticed this about people who attempt to cover the conflict: one group chooses to classify Tuareg as White, the other chooses to call them Arab and now they are described as some kind of anti Blacks, even though most are dark, brown, or black (whichever you prefer).
“Other White”, that’s funny, I must admit.
The most important thing is that: the overall majority of Tuareg carry 0% of outside admixture. If they vary from light to very dark, it’s because of genetics, not because someone came and was gentle enough to mix with us (Tuareg don’t want you, I promise). My grandfather was a full blooded Tuareg from Niger, he married a Chadian Mauritanian woman whose family settled in Central Africa for decades, my mother is 50% Tuareg, and no one in my family could be mistaken for White. Not one. We’re all Negros and we love it.
What is a ‘White’ Tuareg? Nothing, they don’t exist.
white people are on some next level bullshit. They can’t even let Black people be Black
For Rubyshimmer, I’ve seen your post before you deleted it and I’ll reply anyway because it’s important: I think you misunderstood ‘this person’ (me)as you said. Read with attention and make sure you understand everything before you jump on it. It’s not an American matter so it’s clearly not about the “US”. If you want to discuss this subject, you’ll have to have some knowledge on our history or at least pretend, you clearly don’t. It’s absolutely not an American thing, I can see why you are lost. You come in a conversation about people I’m sure you’ve never heard of, asking for “the context”, I understand why you erased this piece.
I assure you now: It’s not about being lumped into the ‘Black category in the US”. Hello I’m not American and I honestly don’t ask to be lumped or not with you, you’re flattering yourself dear, what I’m saying is: I know who I am and what I look like, no one will call my entire ethnic group ‘White’ in front on me. End.
This is the said article, (by a website I like btw) but it’s poorly written (no sources, no dates, nothing to back his ‘infos’) and you can see the lack of knowledge:
“Like good nomads ought to be, Tuareg desert blues super group Tinariwen are on tour. I hear good things about them as individuals, and I’m sure they’re all fine human beings, but I’m not a big fan. The music is alright, but the politics is rancid. Here’s why.
“Our music was created under the same circumstances as the American blues,” Eyadou Ag Leche tells Belgian TV. “We’ve been colonized.” He seems to want a Tuareg state in the Malian Sahara, something like the state of Azawad that declared its independence from Mali on Friday.
Whatever Tinariwen’s singing, it ain’t the blues. It’s the white man’s blues. In the 1950s, many people in the southern Sahara, mostly Tuareg, did not want to be ruled by Blacks (sound familiar?). The racial divide was an old one, but the French colonizers had nurtured it, even doped it up just before independence. They promised to create a separate Saharan territory expressly for the Tuareg, one that would stay under French rule. When independence came in 1960, and much of the Sahara became Malian territory, many Tuareg considered this a betrayal — the ‘other’ Whites had left them to be ruled by the Blacks. Some have been in revolt, on and off, ever since. This history isn’t pretty, and the racism cuts both ways. The extreme violence with which Mali put down a Tuareg revolt in the early ’60s didn’t help. They might have killed a lot of people, but they didn’t kill the dream. Today’s claims for an independent ‘Azawad’ are based on an old racial rhetoric and a newer nationalist veneer.
So whose blues are Tinariwen singing? I’m from the South — not the global one, the American one. If Lynyrd Skynryd sang this same song (“Sweet Home, Azawad”?), you and I would call bullshit on that, too.”
The author could have called Tinariwen’s music Saharan or simply Tuareg (as THEY call it), he didn’t. He choosed to call it ‘White’ blues (is this a new genre?) on purpose. As if it wasn’t enough, he later continues and implies that Tuareg are “other Whites”, he also justifies this by saying: “The French used that language” (see comments), very clever of a journalist to use a colonial country to justify his use of an abusive term. Yes, absolutely. Thanks for letting me know that I’m really white because the French said so, maybe I can ask for special privileges even though I am Black and on the Darker side.
It’s an accumulation of things (I don’t have the time to list how many people told me or wrote that Tuareg are indeed Whites). This person, who is referred to as ” a historian of African history at Columbia University.” is not the first and certainly not the last to imply or call Tuareg White . He’s not a random journalism, but also a historian but he doesn’t know this particular subject, with all due respect, if I didn’t search I would have never guessed this article was written by a Historian (he also ignored my comment btw, I wonder why).
He finishes by writing “ Today’s claims for an independent ‘Azawad’ are based on an old racial rhetoric” , completely ignoring that Azawad is made of various ethnic groups: Fulanis, Shongais, Peuls, Arabs.
Most people don’t know Tuareg people, it’s rare to see one in the Western world, and since it’s extremely rare to have interaction with them, what makes people think they can mislabel us, speak for us or co-sign when an article states we are whites? The truth is: most Tuareg live in the desert, they don’t have the whole racial baggage you - in the Unites States- have, they’ll rather call each other by names instead of “the dark one” or “the light one”. It doesn’t work that way, we have our sort of hierarchy and it’s not based on colors but rather on occupations.
There are minorities that would kill to be seen as Whites, Tuareg are not one of them, we have our culture, identity, history, customs and pride. We’re good with being Kel Tamasheq.