Sudanese social media users rained racial abuse at a famous black Sudanese footballer, Issam Abdulraheem for marrying a light-skinned Arab make-up artist, Reem Khougli.
One of the offensive comments read: “Seriously girl, this is haram [Arabic for forbidden]… a queen marries her slave.”
Many derogatory comments against ‘blackness’ flood the media space in Sudan over this inter-racial marriage.
Reports observe that many Sudanese see themselves as Arabs, rather than Africans.
They often use the word “slave”, and other derogatory words, to describe black people.
Sudan has always been dominated by a light-skinned, Arabic-speaking elite, while black Africans in the south and west of the country have faced discrimination and marginalisation.
The media in Sudan advance the pro-Arab racial supremacy tendencies publishing racial slurs such as using the word slave to describe black people.
Recently, an Islamist columnist at Al-Intibaha, a daily newspaper supportive of ex-President Omar al-Bashir, who does not approve of women playing football, referred to the female football coach of the Gunners, a well-known youth team for girls, as a slave.
It is also common for media outlets in the country to describe petty criminals in the capital, Khartoum, as “negros” as they are perceived to be poor and not ethnically Arab.
Abdulraheem, the footballer said he couldn’t post more pictures on his social media pages for fear of receiving more [abuse].
However, the 29-year-old and his 24-year-old wife did a Facebook live during their honeymoon, saying they were in love and their race was irrelevant.
In a different case not too long ago, the head of a women’s rights group, ‘No To Women Oppression’, reportedly commented on a photo showing a young black man with his white European wife. She said the woman, in choosing her husband, may have been looking for the creature missing on the evolutionary ladder between humans and monkeys.
Following an outcry, Ihsan Fagiri announced her resignation, but ‘No To Women Oppression’ refused to accept it, saying she did not mean it.
Racism is rife and festering in Sudan Racism since independence when most senior positions have been filled by people from the north – the Arab and Nubian ethnic groups.
Almost all senior military officers are from these communities, which has also allowed them to use their influence to dominate the business sector.