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With the far-right on the rise in the UK, US and Europe, comedian Jamali Maddix goes on a tour to confront groups spreading hate across the world. Yet this is no ordinary survey of the state of hate, but a genuine attempt by our disarmingly charming and intrepid host to befriend those groups and understand why they think the way they do.
Jamali, is a witty guy, and like most decent people, he abhors racism. Unfortunately, his encounter with an EDL member who advises him that black people took white slaves (Ep. Britain's Evryday Extremism), is met with derision, and becomes the butt of a joke in his stand-up. Correctly there has been considerable condemnation of the African slave trade, which took place between the 16th and the 19th centuries. However, another equally evil trade in human beings was occurring around the same time in Africa. It is estimated that up to 1.25 million Europeans were enslaved by Barbary Pirates - black North African Muslim raiders and slave traders. There is an abundance of credible, scholarly information available online recounting this activity.
Jamali's heart is in the right place, and the show is worth a watch, however his lazy conflation of anti-Islamists and racists is disappointing though not unsurprising.
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