We in everything…They hate us for who and what we are.” Nevertheless, with these statements made by important people in society, resentment forms. The American people are lead to believe these most absurd claims by some of the most noticeable people that the American people look up to for guidance (1-2). So these messages lead even farther that for the people to believe that the terrorists speak for the complete Islamic community. In addition, anyone of Islamic belief is therefore evil and criminals. However, those statements are prejudice themselves.
It was the Muslim Extremist group of Al-Qaeda. Because of this hatred towards them the average Muslim has been made to change their way of life, “Many Muslims in America live in terror o... ... middle of paper ... ...ime will tell. Works Cited Bhutto, Benazir. “Three Victims of Terrorism.” 2002. World Views: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 6th ed.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 changed America and the world forever. When we hear about terrorists in the news, most often the media is referring to a person of the Islamic descent. The actions of a small group of radicals caused society to generalize about the entire Muslim community. Research done by Jack Shaheen, a professor of Mass Communication from Southern Illinois University and a consultant to CBS News, showed that the media has the ability to create false stereotypes of Muslims. The government enforces stereotypes here at home, which influence policies.
The biased and discrimination in United States have always been done with the minority. Muslims have always been a minority in this country throughout time. They have faced discrimination in society and especially from the government and media. I believe that people running this country are Anti Islamic due to there view on things. Also this is a Zionist country, which is another reason that makes the media discriminate against the Muslim’s, due to the conflict with Palestine and other Muslim countries.
Islam: suppressor of women, enemy of Western nations, and breeder of terrorists. The West has many stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam that are due to the media, prejudice, and ignorance. Islam is often seen as an "extremist" or "terrorist" religion. Often, the media's reports about Islam are incorrect due to ignorance or not wanting to acknowledge its true teachings. This is one of the reasons why Westerners are often wary of Muslims.
“Stereotypes exist because they are grounded in truth.” Stereotypes are generalizations, based on false assumptions about a particular group of people. These judgments could be due to their race, ethnicity, gender, age or religion. However, in recent decades, the issue of stereotyping has come to the attention of the world community and it is slowly being branded as insensitive and racist. One of the most controversial stereotypes of the late twentieth and early twenty first century is the issue of all Muslims being branded as terrorists. Even though it can be argued that Muslims carried out the majority of terrorist attacks, this stereotyping leads to a bandwagon effect causing sentimental Muslims to turn to terrorism in a rush of sentiments; nevertheless the western media greatly exaggerates and propagates the image of Muslims being involved in terrorism leading to false allegations against Muslims by West for its own purposes; however an objective analysis reveals to the contrary.
As a result, they are now being stigmatized and portrayed as the enemies of democracy, and of the United States in particular. To make matter worse, it has driven western countries to implement many extreme security measures that undermine the democratic principles they are attempting to spread over the world. The war on terrorism has had many negative consequences on modern society, which include a legitimization crisis of democracy, mainly in the U.S, and the manufacturing of moral panics over security risks that have led to the criminalization and stigmatization of the Arab world. Chomsky and the Heritage Society take opposing views on the issue of the war on terror. Noam Chomsky argues in the article ““Looking Back on 9/11: Was there an Alternative” that by rushing into this war, the U.S just fell into bin-Laden’s trap of forcing them to engage in many expensive wars that would drive them to bankruptcy (Chomsky).
After 9/11 to many Americans the word Jihad was unclear to to them because of distortion from the media. This became related to terrorism because the terrorist groups used it as justification. So it was a combination of unknowing and media distortion which made the word Jihad related to terrorism. In conclusion the meaning of the word Jihad has definitely changed tremendously since the 9/11 attacks. The word once meaning something purely religious and a holy duty to the followers of Islam, is now met with disdain and negative emotions and media world over.
Because we know the consequences, we have to decide again, is it acceptable to stereotype some people and set them apart on the basis of their religion and national origin just because they “fit the profile”? No doubt, the terrorist attacks in the United States have changed many things in the “self-contained” American mentality. Feelings such as fear, anger, hate, and sadness washed through our minds like a gigantic storm in the middle of the ocean. The new mind-set about “suspicious” people from certain ethnic group became an everyday norm soon after the September events. It became the standard procedure to single out Muslim-looking people and subject them to additional searches, it is the norm now to ask them three or four times a day for identification papers anytime and anywhere.
Has America truly added fuel to the injustice fire or simply attempting to watch over its own? For centuries America has discriminated against minorities who either refuse to speak or don't have a voice. Fokkena attempts to speak on the behalf of the Arab Americans who do not fit the mold as Jasmine, princess from Aladdin or Muhammed Bahrib, extremist from Afghanistan. She argues that not only is the portrayal inaccurate but it continues to surface in all aspects of American culture including mass media. The spoofed Arab terrorist is not the only bone Fokkena has to pick with today's society.