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Ali Baba (Literature)

"So turn me in, Ali Baba."

Have you ever wondered where the phrase "Open, sesame!" came from? Ask Ali Baba, star of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," one of the 1,001 tales in the famous Arabian Nights. American soldiers appropriated the name to refer to Iraqis during the Iraq War, and now, during the occupation, it continues to be used as a general term for them, like the name "Charlie" was used during the Vietnam War. So Derrick isn't racist, he's just topical! Okay, yeah, he's totally a racist.

3.16 "Un-American Graffiti"
Who's Who bio: Ali Baba

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