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Fear and Hatred in the Apple

recorded 9/8/07

1) 4:04 Radio Essay Mp3
2) 5:13 Radio Essay Mp3

Fear & Hatred In The Apple
[col. writ. 9/8/07] (c) '07 Mumia Abu-Jamal

In New York City will soon open the Kahlil Gibran International Academy,
a center for the study of Arabic language and culture.

Or maybe not.

That's because the school, named for a brilliant Lebanese-American
writer, has become the focus of a right-wing campaign against its staff, and
its very existence.

Racist and right-wing groups and media outlets have so demonized the
school, that its respected educator and the school's principal, Debbie
Al-Montaser, felt compelled to resign.

Of all things, Al-Montaser has been forced to leave because of a
media-sparked uproar over a T-shirt, which bore the words, "Intifada NYC."
The T-shirt is the production of the group, Arab Women Active in the Arts
and Media (AWAM), a group with no ties to the Kahlil Gibran Academy.

Leave it to the notorious New York Post to use the t-shirt to depict
Al-Montaser as "The Intifada Principal" (in a headline), who apparently is
calling for "a Gaza-style uprising in the Big Apple."

It is beyond irony that a school named for one of the most revered Arab
writers, who, with several of his countrymen spent long years in the U.S.,
should become the focus of so much fear and hatred.

Gibran is perhaps best-known for his classic 1923 work, The Prophet, a
book of glorious prose, and sensitive spiritual themes. To add to the irony
Gibran was a Christian.

A school named in honor of an Arab Christian will hardly bloom into the
site described by the New York Sun as a place to "groom future radicals."

But in a nation where Arab is merely a synonym for 'terrorist', and it
is assumed that all Arabs are Muslims it is hardly surprising that some
right-wing media will exploit that ignorance, and feed it.

In his youth, Gibran and a coterie of other Arab writers came to America
to live and to write, and most of them remained here for many years. One,
Lebanese writer, Mikhail Naimy, left shortly after his arrival, and returned
home to pen The Book of Mirdad, a mystical work on the coming of a stranger
to an abbey, who finds and exposes greed and corruption within.

Gibran would be shocked by the campaign of hatred and fear generated
around a school named after him. He would, perhaps, if he could, turn his
thin finger to a browned page of his work, to speak with his own voice to
those who now heap hatred and calumny upon his name. Before he published
The Prophet, he penned a work aptly named, The Forerunner, a short story of
a man who lived in a village, but whom few truly knew. He arose, deep into
the night, to bare his heart to the sleeping city below him, as he took to
the rooftop. This is part of his plea to the sleeping throng:

"My friends and my neighbours and you who daily pass my
gate. I would speak to you in
your sleep, and in the valley of your dreams I would walk
naked and unrestrained: for heedless
are your waking hours and deaf are your sound-burdened ears.
"Long did I love you and overmuch.
"I love the one among you as though you were all, and all as
if you were one. And in the spring
of my heart I sang in your gardens, and in the summer of my
heart I watched at your
threshing-floors.
"Yes, I loved you all, the giant and the pygmy, the leper
and the anointed, and him who gropes
in the dark even as him who dances his days upon the
mountains.
"You, the strong have I loved, though the marks of your iron
hoofs are yet upon my flesh; and
you the weak, though you have drained my faith and wasted my
patience.
"You the rich have I loved, while bitter was your honey to
my mouth: and you the poor, though
you know my empty-handed shame.....
"You the priest have I loved, who sit in the silences of
yesterday questioning the fate of my
tomorrow; and you the worshippers of gods the images of your
desires.....
"Yes, I have loved you all, the young and the old, the
trembling reed and the oak..." {From:
Gibran, K., The Forerunner: His Parables and Poems. (Dover
Publ., 1920), pp.51-53.}

Like the subject of his sweet prose, the man who loves is not loved by
his city, as the school in his name is not loved in the city of its
founding. Instead of love answering to love, the love of learning and
culture, it comes in the name of stranger, and is clad in a brown face, and
is met with fear and hatred.

Gibran would smile, while tears flowed from his eyes.

---(c) '07 maj

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