Ethnic tensions erupt as Mali troops hunt down suspected Islamists
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Tuareg rebels have waged an on-off secessionist war for decades against the Mali government in Bamako. The secular Tuareg nationalist MNLA militia has been fighting for an independent republic, but has recently said it supports France's military intervention.
Another Islamist group, however, Ansar Dine, includes many Tuareg fighters, and spearheaded last year's audacious drive by the rebels to capture Mali's north. It is closely allied with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Its leader, Iyad Ag Ghali, is Tuareg.
Consequently, many Malians now blame the Tuareg for the Islamist capture last year of the northern towns of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu.
"They are traitors," Amadu Traore, an English teacher from the town of Youwarou, near Timbuktu, said on Tuesday, when asked what he thought of the Tuareg. He added: "They are also racists. They have lighter skins than us. They look down on us black Africans."
The discrimination goes back thousands of years and you will find one group biased against another group. Now you have people who are different shades of the same color biased against the other.
I know it will always be the lighter people against the darker people. The GOP has taken it a step father with a bias about anyone who does not vote GOP and even some GOP who are not THEIR color of choice. You have to wonder about why GOP is not attracting new members???