Originally posted by Shallow Blue to TWhitehead
And Russia is any better for those?
If you're Muslim, it's automatically assumed you're in liege with Chechen terrorists.
As for black people... how many of them are there in Russia, anyway?
Anti-Muslim prejudices have existed in Russia long before Chechen nationalists began
seeking independence from Russia in the First Chechen War (1994-1996).
I would mention, however, that when, after a long war of resistance (which drew admiration
among the British) against Russian conquest, Imam Shamil surrendered to the Russians,
the Tsar ordered that he be treated with respect and given relatively luxurious treatment
as a prisoner. Despite the bitterness of the long ruthless war, the Russians honoured
Shamil as a gallant enemy.
Pushkin is the most famous Russian of (partial) black African ancestry in history.
"The Metis Foundation estimates that there are about 40,000 Afro-Russians."
For further reading:
-Black on Red: My 44 Years Inside the Soviet Union_ by Robert Robinson
_Soul to Soul: A Black Russian Jewish Woman's Search for Her Roots_ by Yelena Khanga
"Robert Robinson (1907–1994), the "poster child for Soviet antiracism", was a Jamaican-born
toolmaker who worked in the auto industry in the United States. At the age of 23, he was
recruited to work in the Soviet Union. Shortly after his arrival in Stalingrad, Robinson was
racially assaulted by two white American workers, both of whom were subsequently
arrested, tried and expelled from the Soviet Union with great publicity.
Starting with a one-year contract by Russians to work in the Soviet Union, Robinson
twice renewed his contract. After the publicity of his assault, he felt unable to return to
the US and accepted Soviet citizenship. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering.
His repeated attempts to visit outside the USSR finally resulted in an approved trip to
Uganda in 1974, where he asked for and was given asylum. He married an African-American
professor working there. He finally gained re-entry to the United States in 1976, and
gained attention for his accounts of his 44 years in the Soviet Union."