Why Adam Selah Doesn’t Need Our Help

Adam Selah

Adam Selah had a bad day. He, apparently, was kicked off a Delta Airline flight after speaking in Arabic to his mother before takeoff. And as he recorded how he was on the verge of tears and that he was being ejected for “speaking another language”.  Dude can’t be ambiguous. I haven’t been kicked off a plane for speaking Spanish. Black Muslims aren’t being kicked off planes for wearing hijabs. Keep that shit 100, my nigga. It became clear to me “da blacks” thought that it was our job to align ourselves with him to boycott Delta.

Black Twitter was ON FIYAH with the #BoycottDelta hashtag and shit. *looks at my watch*

“Adam, my cape is in the laundry and I’m off on Wednesdays.”

Adam Selah- busy

I saw what happened on Twitter before Facebook but my amiguito, Cesar Vargas, had actually posted Selah’s video on his page. People on the thread began to express their outrage- of course. I wrote two words.

Fuck him.”

I can say, with guaranteed certainty, Cesar did not judge my statement. There was no jerk-kneed reaction. Probably because we are cut from the same cloth. We pretty much say what we want and back it up with no conjecture. That was NOT the case with some of the other responders. I knew those two words were incendiary. He asked, “Why?”

*sidebar* I responded to him solely. Stupid ass emojis annoy me and I, often, think to myself, “Who the fuck are you for me to be answering to?” Like people on social media, legit, think you owe them an answer. Get the fuck out my face. 

I kept it cute on his page though. 🙂

My response regarding Adam Selah:

César, Many Arabs are notoriously anti-black and he is no different…imploring the negros (I don’t worry about anybody else) to rally behind him . He was SILENT AS FUCK on the same airline that discriminated against a black female doctor. So yeah I’m fresh out of fucks. *Kanye shrugs*”

Iranians are racist in their own countries as white-skinned Muslims often are. Arab Muslims enslave, rape, beat and castrate black African Muslims. So NO Adam Selah. You don’t get to plead your case to black folks.

He has discussed Aleppo but not Boko Haram. I’ve yet to find even ONE mention about the black doctor who was discriminated against by Delta Airlines. Yet, we have so many mad ass kneegrows caping for him. Nah B. I grew up in a Muslim home so I know the blatant racism Arab Muslims show Black/African Muslims. There is no level playing field. We ain’t ALL OPPRESSED. Arabs are just as oppressive as whites and just as fucking anti-black.

And NO- I’m not prefacing this post with “some” and “not all”. History speaks for itself. Tribal folks don’t speak Arabic organically.

I suggest Adam Selah find another group of allies. I’m fresh out of fucks.  Oh and this is his history.


Bye Adam.

K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, bruja, Oni Yemaya, palera,  professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao”, Staff Writer for “The Urban Twist” and a freelance contributor for major publications like The Root, VSB, Huffington Post, My Brown Baby and The Glow Up.

​Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist with a penchant for the finer things in life and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.

  • Mary Burrell

    I totally agree with this post.

    • Chile!!!

    • And he is known for calling black folks “abed” which is slave in Arabic. FUCK HIM!

      • Love Heals

        I was going to say they are notorious for calling us abed/abid without knowing he does it, too. As a somewhat observant, Continental Muslim I KNOW how the aforementioned groups get down. I have family who have lived in Arab lands and say these folks are extremely hateful. I have zero tolerance for the French Montanas and DJ Khaleds who say “nigga” and get indignant when told “You bastards can’t do that”. They benefit from our music/culture without standing up in their own communities against vitriolic anti-Blackness. I’m not here for the “We’re all Muslims” spiel either…Being fellow Christians hasn’t saved my people from Dylan Roof and his ilk here or around the globe. I take what I consider useful from Islam and Christianity, which most of my relatives practice. Upsetting as it would be to many of my family to know, I feel most affirmed by knowing our folks have OUR OWN Indigenous Spiritual Traditions. My primary and most important identity is Blackness/Negritude. Being Africana/Kemetic/Ethiopian or whatever the “appropriate” term is at the time is the most valued part of me/us. I’m Muslim, my Catholic grandpa forbade his children pork and I’m vegetarian, to boot. However, I promise you, if we ever have another Bwa Kayiman, I’ll be sprinting to get and gulp my share of pig’s blood. Adam Saleh can go to hell.