Abraham Cooper

America chooses to ignore those enslaved in Africa

LOS ANGELES - Moctar Teyeb stood at the podium Thursday, rolled up the sleeves of his sports coat and olive-green dress shirt, then slowly bent and unbent his left arm at the elbow several times.

"Look at my arm," Teyeb told those assembled in an auditorium at the Museum of Tolerance at Los Angeles' Simon Wiesenthal Center. "It will never be healed."

Teyeb's pushing 40 now. His arm was broken when he was 9. Apparently he said something, or did something - the "details are painful and private," he told the audience - that didn't sit well with a "local Arab" in Teyeb's native Mauritania. The Arab broke Teyeb's arm for conduct unbecoming...