How A Slap Sparked An Uprising in Tunisia

I have had Arab boyfriends, Syrian-St.Lucian and Lebanese-Australian. Much to my father's disapproval. Yet, rather stubborn and with the strong belief, "you've raised me well," I did not listen.

Like any other culture, I am fascinated. All so foreign to me, their foods, religion, culture and language, I was intrigued! I wanted to make the decision on the individual and whether they were suitable for me, and not based on they were 'ARAB.' 

I may have a million prejudices but racist, I could never be! How could I be racist? That's like another race simply not liking me because I'm black or due to some black stereotype. I rather go against the grain, than to stay blissfully ignorant.      

... And thanks to some crazy extremists on September 11, Arabs came under attack but I could not lump every single one into one category, more so because of those I had previously encountered. So no one is happier than me, to know that the Western world had "these people all wrong, 'cause they certainly want the same things we do, democracy!"

More remarkable, this is a revolution caused by young people, social networking and the desire for democracy! So last weekend, this 60 Minutes Bob Simon report from Tunisia, "Tunisia and the spark that launched uprisings"where protests against the repressive government not only toppled its autocratic ruler, but sparked the uprising in Egypt that forced President Hosni Mubarak to resign and now is spreading throughout the region, I had to share. This story touched me. May it inspire you.


And for those who disagreed with Time's 'Person of the Year 2010 - Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, watch 'Tunisia and Facebook.' Zied Mhirsi, a doctor and radio show host, tells Bob Simon his own theory about why he thinks the country's now-deposed dictator Ben Ali didn't shut down Facebook when the revolution began.

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