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Post Two Pilots, and Racism in Mena Saud
Created by John Eipper on 10/09/19 3:49 AM

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Two Pilots, and Racism in Mena Saud (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 10/09/19 3:49 am)

Excellent post from Timothy Brown, 8 October.

I had the same experiences as Tim. Wherever I went around the world I found latent or even open racism among white, black, yellow, mixed, one nationality against another all the way down to Savona against Genoa and vice versa, right down to the smallest village.

Do you remember the war film with the great John Wayne defeating the "yellow monkey" Japanese? Now, on the contrary, with the ridiculous political correctness we have a black actor David Gyasi portraying Achilles in Troy: Fall of a City, but that is another story.

The most astonishing case of racism happened to me when I was loading/mooring master at Mena Saud. I had two very good skippers on the powerful pilot boat that went out to the tankers.  One was Amin an Eritrean, the other Ahmad a Saudi. The latter once saved my life. We were returning to the shore in very rough seas.  Mooring to the small wooden berth was impossible so I jumped into the sea and started climbing on it but a huge wave swept in, pushing the pilot boat against me and the berth.  I could have been badly crushed against the wooden poles but Ahmad with great skill maneuvered the boat to avoid the worst and I was only bruised. Later Amin piloted the boat to anchor in a shelter area about one mile away.

One day Ahmad asked me if the Italians were racist against black people. He had a "cappuccino" skin color, so I believed he was referring to himself. Of course I said no and stated that racism is wrong.

But Ahmad answered that he was referring to the "real" black Amin and stated that the blacks were born to be slaves and he was concerned about my friendship with someone who should be treated as slave and not as a friend.

Many years later I heard that Ahmad had killed Amin.

My soul is still very sad: someone to whom I was deeply grateful killed my friend.

JE comments:  The Saudis may be the least "politically correct" people on the planet, but many nations are close.  Anti-PC has now become nearly mainstream in the United States, where the PC movement got its start.

This is a sad story, Eugenio.  Did you learn the details of Amin's murder?

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