White American Says Arabs Aren’t People, Claims Part Of North Africa As Kingdom

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Image of Heaton from his failed congressional run

Jeremiah Heaton apparently believes he is now a king, after declaring part of the Bir Tawil region between Egypt and Sudan part of his “kingdom.” Why did Heaton, who hails from Abingdon, Virginia, decide to do this? Why, to make his daughter a literal princess, of course! According to the Washington Post:

“I wanted to show my kids I will literally go to the ends of the earth to make their wishes and dreams come true,” Heaton said.

That seems sweet, if horribly misguided. But how about this?

“It’s beautiful there,” Heaton said. “It’s an arid desert in Northeastern Africa. Bedouins roam the area; the population is actually zero.” (Source)

For the record, Bedouins are people. They’re an Arabic people that is present in several countries, and there are millions of members of dozens of tribes in the world. So why does Heaton feel he can walk in and stick a flag in the ground? Apparently, to him that’s just established history. Never mind that despite the land isn’t represented by a nation, private ownership isn’t known. Heaton, though, feels thousands of years of established history planting flags and owning things means it’s pretty much his now.

From News Advance:

“I do intend to pursue formal recognition with African nations,” Heaton said, adding that getting Sudan and Egypt to recognize the kingdom would be the first step.

That’s basically what will have to happen for Heaton to have any legal claim to sovereignty, said Shelia Carapico, professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond.

He also believes that with current water and agricultural technology he will transform the region into an “agricultural hub.” He also bought his daughter a crown, and has requested that she be referred to as a “princess” by the rest of the family. He refers to his nation-claiming as an “act of love,” as opposed to acts of imperial colonialism that have been committed before.