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Christine Alhalabi

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On race, ethnicity and colorism

December 16, 2019

*Vocab* Nar: Wolof word for Arab/North African/Middle Eastern Toubab: Wolof word for a foreigner of European descent  _____________________________________________ At the beginning of my experience in Senegal, I would get mad why people didn’t recognize me as a nar. In the streets everyone would yell "toubab toubab" and treat me as if I was a special...

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Deconstructing the popular belief “I don’t need anyone to be content with my life”

November 1, 2019

After procrastinating for over a month to write my first blog, I feel today is the day. I’ve been delaying it cause I was constantly worried about being objective and not distorting the narrative of Senegal, but I finally realised that unless I talk about Attaya or food, there’s no way I can be objective....

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