Religion is looked down upon in societies today because it is considered troublesome and opposing to the way people view the world today. Muslims get the media’s attention because they strictly follow the religion; however, it’s not what many focus on, that’s just scratching the surface. Over the years we saw the events of 9/11 and the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, which led up to the war of Afghanistan, even worse, the war of Iraq and Sadam Hussein’s rebellion; which led to the rebellion of many Muslims going into many separate groups, radical and some that are indeed real Jihadists in the sense that they are fighting in the sake of Allah. The west in general dominated in media and news coverage. That dominance has been taken over to manipulate and put unethical and negative ideas about Islam and Muslims.
These extremist would see any other religions wiped off the face of the planet because they do not believe in the Islamic faith. Not all Muslims think like this, but because people have taken in the idea that all Muslims think like this people think that they all have bad intentions in their minds. The solution to this problem is that the people of the United States need to stop blaming the average Muslim person for what happened. It is not the everyday Muslim who bombed the twin towers. It was the Muslim Extremist group of Al-Qaeda.
During, and after 9/11 Muslims became the butt end of all jokes on tonight shows, and sometimes in general conversation. “The stereotyping of Muslim communities in the media and the implementation of anti-terrorist legislation have led to the construction of Muslims as ‘dangerous’. “This in turn has made them more vulnerable to discrimination, a sentiment backed by a number of academics” (Choudhry 2001; Macklin 2001). I cannot imagine how it makes Muslims feel to be discriminated against. To come to the United States…a place that is known for our love, acceptance, and most of all freedom, only to be ridiculed because of their religious beliefs.
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.
You can’t just hate somebody just because how they act, and this is exactly what the Americans did. Many people have thought of someone in a certain way including myself, after you make those actions you look back and really think about it and how you had no right to do whatever you did. September 11th had a huge impact on the Middle Eastern people, I know that I had view on Arabs that were not right, just because a select few people did the wrong thing, doesn’t mean that everyone their culture is one of them. Another thing is gay marriages, I really do not think that they are right and gays are just stupid, but everyone has their right to do what they want and I think that is how it should be even though it’s not supported by many people. Stereotyping is the one of the worst traits that Americans possess.
It is a human right, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that all humans are born equal. If this is true, then isn’t our whole world one big contradiction? We all say that everyone should maintain and keep their rights, but people are continuously having this right taken away, not to mention also that this right is probably the second most important right for people. We’re all hypocritical in some way, and sadly we will always be this way. Human nature cannot be swayed by the right of them.
There is a large portion of the United States right now practicing ethnocentrism. They are denouncing anyone who does not worship God. They are fighting against immigration, LGBT community, and Muslims because their beliefs go against their culture. They believe immigrants and LGBT are not worthy of the right to live in the United States, and anyone who does live in the United States must assimilate
The official definition of ethnocentric is â€œcharacterized or based on the attitude that ones own group is superiorâ€? or â€œhaving race as a central interest.â€? There is a whole world of problems, politics, and, other cultures, but it seems that the average Americanâ€™s only interest is that of themselves. The reason I chose to focus on the American being ethnocentric is because I have been exposed the most to this culture in the past. America is the melting pot of the world with so many different cultures and accepts this variety into our country as we were accepted when our ancestors came over.
It is ethnocentrism that gives people their sense of peoplehood, group identity, and place in history-all of which are valuable traits to possess. According to Sumner, Graham, American social scientist, said about Ethnocentrism becomes negative when "one's own group becomes the center of everything, and all others are scaled and rated with reference to it" (Sumner 1979, p. 13) We create bias toward our culture and form an idea that one's own culture is the main standard to evaluate another group leading to view. They make their culture the measuring stick. This means that people believe and feel in the superiority of one's own ethnic culture over other culture. This behavior is known as Ethnocentrism.
There are three words that impact American Society greatly and they are Race, Class, and Gender. They have caused tension in our country and unnecessary criticism toward people. When these topics come up in discussion, a lot of people chose to not even partake, due to the hard feelings and awkward moments that come along with the matter. As bad as it may seem that these problems exist, it is something that should be change because it is constantly bringing down America as a whole. Prejudice and discrimination are common words in the average American’s vocabulary, but due to the lack of knowledge, most do not know the differences in the meaning of these two words.