Invisibility and Negrophobia in Algeria

Stephen J. King
Content Type
Working Paper
Arab Reform Initiative (ARI)
After independence, Algeria’s ruling elites chose to suppress identity issues because they saw diversity as a source of division and a threat to their hold on power. The Hirak has challenged the official narrative and called for an overhaul of the established regime, but issues of Black Algerians and anti-black racism still remain absent from public debates. This paper discusses the absence of Black Algerians in on-going debates about democratization, national identity, and belonging in Algeria, and suggests ways in which to address this exclusion.
Discrimination, Black Politics, Exclusion , Identity, Racism
Political Geography
Africa, Algeria