Arabs and Media. what do u think?
How does the portrayal of Arabs affect the way we think about and treat Arabs?
It’s not often that Americans see the real side, where most Arabs lead ordinary lives. The media is often the strongest force in shaping one’s understanding of a people or culture. It helps create an image of a culture, so that when we see movies with an Arab villain, it leads us to think that all Arabs are like that. Teachers are also influenced by the way Arabs are shown in the media, which in turn influences how they teach American youth about Arab people, culture, and history.
Between September 11, 2001 and March 27, 2002, over 600 people were violently assaulted, 45 of them at school, because they were Arab or perceived as Arab. Hundreds of Arabs, and those perceived as Arab, have been discriminated against at their work. (The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee)
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