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The tan lines are showing

I have severe distinct tan lines. I went from normal tan to dark tan the past week. The heat is unbearable. When I was looking at my tan lines I remembered how badly someone’s skin colour can be towards others. I remembered biased comments from people as I was growing up. However, I remembered one thing, and one thing only that made me wonder how racist Arabs really are. Or they are just plain ignorant. So this is what happened about 6 years ago…

I was with my friend, she is a Palestinian like me but wore a hijab (veil). So we were sitting on the bus and we sat near a friend of hers that I never met or seen before. She was very white, a Palestinian and also wore hijab. I was introduced to her, normal right? Well, instead of saying hi to me she shocking said, “You are Palestinian! Palestinians are white! You look Indian.” Obviously I was half in shock, the shock of me looking dark like an Oriental is normal, I get mistaken as one all the time, but not from an Arab. This girl was from the same country as me! She was that ignorant! Since when are Palestinians all white! Hell, most Palestinians I know are dark! Most main cities of Palestine are ports on the sea! So no, we are not “all” white. My friend, however, was in shock and didn’t know what to say. I looked at both at them and thought to my self, both idiotic pathetic people.

So I look at my self now and see how the sun is killing me and giving me such a dark tan and thinking, I got great skin pigments that observe the sun. It’s great getting a natural tan and not wasting money to artificially get one! hehehe.. I try to make the best of every weird situation.

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  • You are lucky that you can tan naturally. Having pale skin is a real nuisance come summer. I don’t like having to layer on the sunscreen so my skin doesn’t end up looking like a cooked lobster. Nothing I can do about the freckles though. I get new additions every year. My mother’s cousin once won a contest for the most freckles so that should give you some idea how spotty my mother’s side of the family gets. :P

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  • It is very easy to get tan in Laughlin. Sunshine galore!! If not have fun whatever you choose to do.

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  • Sapphire – I actually think Freckles are cool. I like them.. :P
    sclb – I never heard of that city.. plus I am not interested to go there.. I am thinking something way south.. far far south near the south pole! :P

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  • It’s the mind, not the skin, who makes someone being Palestinian or German or Australian… But some people ignore this. There eyes may be good, seeing the skin color. But their hearts are bad, not feeling the other’s soul…

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  • Odd. Most of the Palestinians I know from when I was in Palestine are a bit darker, too. Certainly not white… In fact, my best friend in Nablus is a little lighter-skinned than most and people ask her if she’s American… That and her English is flawless.

    Don’t worry about it… You’re absolutely gorgeous, anyway.

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  • “It’s the mind, not the skin, who makes someone being German.”

    Simon, sorry, but I am German an I can tell you that you can only be German by birth. [or naturalisation]. Mind? I think the most of the Germans minds are quite contrary to Germans minds some centuries ago.

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  • Wow, I am seeing a fight, so let me answer people’s comments!

    Simon – your words are so true! That’s why I get a variety of people from all over the world visiting my blog. I still write about normal real things. And my skin colour and nationality should not matter.

    Shawn – yes, I know. Some people out there are just ignorant!

    Tafkas – I don’t understand why you are refuting that point when he said German. Also, I disagree with you. You can never even compare people’s minds of the past and the present. Obviously, life changes over time and over centuries. But language is a factor, way of living, patriotisms, and nationality! Those things will never change!

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  • Dear Mona, countries are not defined by cultural or sociopolitical habits. They are defined by territory, constitution and law. Thats still the sad difference between germans and palestinians. Both are nations and you described some important parts of the “collective identity” that correspondents with “collective rememberance” in any single german/palestinian.

    “Makes somebody german” I know some palestinians that are germans. They don’t look like me, etc… but they are as german as I am. And its definitly NOT the mind…. “Quite contrary” says that from the monocultural “aryan” german 1945 to the multicultural society in our days some very large parts of cultural meanings of “mind” have changed and will further change.

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  • I myself have naturaly light skin…but i also have very sensitive skin. I’m an arab and whenever someone asks me where i’m from they’ll say “oo! i thought you were from the islands!” when i go out and it’s sunny…my skin gets darker. i don’t like the reactions i get but my only option is bleaching my skin….so to hell with ignorant people…if they make stupid comments, ignore them…you’re arab if you’re arab, no matter what the colour of your skin.
    =]

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