Arab women dating white men
I had been falsely told, that if I was “a good Christian girl” I would meet my sweet, perfect Christian husband.
Clearly, my naïve millennial mindset and conservative upbringing didn’t prepare me for the various shades of grey, I would encounter in the real world.
You will be learning much about the ins and outs of Arab history and politics over the last century. Incidentally, now that you will have an Arab wife who advocates for Arab rights, if you were ever going to run for political office in America, you definitely cannot now. لما واحدة من نسائنا بتتجوز واحد ابيض، هي ما بتتحول على البيض. وكيبيديا بحكي عنك “من اصل ارلاندي، الماني، وانجليزي، مع شوية جذور سكتلندية وهولندية.” واكتر من هيك، خلقت في ولاية كنتكي.
If you haven’t yet, you will probably be receiving some lectures on Palestine. Unless, of course, you move to Dearborn, Michigan, where you will be swiftly elected mayor with 99.9% of the vote, Saddam-style. If you can snag an accomplished, intelligent, beautiful, worldly, multilingual Arab genius professional, then maybe I can too. You’re going to have more fun than you ever imagined.
I have been known to get a little upset when Arab girls marry non-Arabs. Oh, and by the way, there are tens of thousands of Arabs named “George.” My dad is one of them. It’s just “George.” We just say the “g” a little differently, like it sounds in “beige.” So we will be able to say your name just fine. But movies come to the Middle East a little late, so don’t be surprised if some Arabs tell you, “Hey, I loved you in yet. Also, while parts of Beirut are more beautiful than any other place in the world, don’t be alarmed if most of it looks like it was bombed yesterday. Also, you are marrying an international lawyer who has represented kings and advised secretary-generals. You’re marrying the Arab girl who is an expert in international law. It could be quite traumatic if the first Arab wedding you attend is your own. سي ان ان حكت انها “متكتمة.” شكلك لقيت الصبية العربية الوحيدة الي ما بتخرف العالم انها مع جورج كلوني. عندي شوية نصيحة لالك، من رجل عربي الى رجل عربي آخر، بما انو على القريب. وبرغم انك جورج كلوني، مش راح تكون معفى من هذه الواقعة.
But most of the time, they turn those non-Arab guys into Arabs. And you won’t be the first couple to be named “George & Amal” either. We Arabs are political animals, and I imagine Amal is no exception. You’ve been in Hollywood for a long time, so much of it may come as a shock at first. And there’s nothing we Arabs love more than talking about international law and how it has been betraying us since… Yours might make “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” look like a private ceremony. صحيح، انت حاليا مش عربي، ولكن ستصبح عربيا بعد قليل. انا معروف اني بزعل شوي لما العربيات بيتجوزوا اجانب. وعلى فكرة، في عشرات من الالاف من العرب الي اسمهم جورج.
I had wasted precious time pinning after the “the brothers” while these men unashamedly, chose to date women from various ethnic backgrounds.
In my youthful folly, I foolishly chose to pine for my black prince. To say I was immediately smitten was quite the understatement. I watched as he paraded through the halls of church and other gatherings with one girl after the other, none whom looked like me. Tightly sewed in Brazilian and Malaysian locks would not miraculously transform me into Shakira or JLO or secure my place in Jay’s heart.
I was tired of hearing how unappealing my looks were to potential love interests.
See, when one of our women marries a white guy, she doesn’t become whiter. Wikipedia says your “ancestry includes Irish, German, English, and more distant Scottish and Dutch roots.” And you were born in Kentucky. And Lebanese Arabs are extra special super-duper over-the-top proud of where they come from. You will become a cousin to more individuals than you ever dreamt was possible. You will need to learn the “change the light bulb” and “windshield wiper” moves. Our weddings can create a sort of sensory overload.