“History reveals that in the 18th and 19th centuries European writers and artisans categorized people of the Middle East through colonization of their lands and presented an image of a culture rife with bearded thieves, corrupt leaders, and practitioners of a Heath religion. In modern times, many households of Middle Easterners have come to America and contributed to society as professionals in the fields of medicine, science, and academia as well as semiskilled workers, retail clerks, and small business owners. But their media stereotypes have ranged from villainous sheiks. To violent thieves, to exotic “belly dancers,” to wealthy scions of the desert, and, worse, to purveyors of sinister acts of terrorism. (Wilson, Gutierrez, Chao; 2013, pg. 63)” #racism #arab#muslim #middleeastern #terrorism#haroldandkumar #Baca
The stereotypical type jobs that I immediately think of portrayed upon Middle Eastern people is a taxi driver and an owner of a convenience store. One character that comes to mind is Apu from the Simpsons, although he is wealthy and owns the Kwik-E-Mart and had a Ph.D , Apu definitely fits the stereotype described almond this quote. On another hand, a movie that popped into my head, was Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, where Kumar is going to school to be a doctor (stereotype of studying medicine) yet gets confused as a terrorist on a plane and deals with racism throughout the whole movie. Either way, being portrayed as the ideal small business owner or terrorist, I believe the idea to even have someone fir the stereotype no matter how threatening to the culture, it still makes society have this idea of this group only being viewed this way. Stereotypes, no matter how big or small still do great damage to a group of people, so why can’t Arabs and Muslims stopped being looked as a threat, and if they aren’t , stop fitting this stereotype they are facing.