A perfect example of this is the movie "Team America: World Police", by Trey Parker and Matt Stone 1. While I personally find this movie hilarious, I also find it somewhat offensive in many ways. For 98 minutes throughout the whole movie middle eastern people and Arabs are ridiculed. Their respected language boiled down to only the words "Durka" and "Muhammad Jihad" 1. At one point in the movie an American citizen is "disguised" as a middle eastern or Muslim person and covered in patchy facial hair with thick and angry looking eyebrows, as if every person of middle eastern or Arab descent had this appearance1.
The events of 9/11 have created hatred, fear, discrimination and Americans have begun racial profiling because of the Arabs who participated in the attacks. Arabs in America are no longer treated as normal American citizens because many stereotype them to be just like those terrorists who attacked America. The hatred for Arabs began immediately after America became aware of who participated in the attacks. Even a year after the attacks, the Justice Department was still aiming their attention on those from the Middle East and South Asia. As if being interrogated isn’t bad enough, they were also incarcerated and deported for just being their skin color.
We also are often discriminated in public places. Muslims nowadays are afraid to say they’re Muslims because of all the hate they will get. I myself was bullied, and one term they used was for me blowing up buildings and me being a terrorist. Just like how the blacks were discriminated, it is our turn in the 21st century. The media blamed us for the 9/11 attacks, yet it wasn’t us.
Moreover, the media contributed to, and continues to play a large role in the stereotyping of the Arab Muslim civilization. This type of behavior goes beyond distorted news broadcastings and into many movies, television shows, magazines, and websites. Often the media portrays the Arabic Muslim civilization as uneducated, close-minded, uncivilized barbaric extremist, and terrorist. The media can be largely to blame for the blasphemy placed on entire civilization based on a few individuals. Many people around the world in different cultures have grown to be ignorant and have allowed themselves to be heavily influenced by the media.
Islamophobia and 9/11 The September 11 attacks were a sequence of synchronized attacks by the radical group of Al-Qaeda upon the US on the 11th of September 2001. The 19 Islamist terrorists allied to Al-Qaeda hijacked commercial passenger jets and crashed two of the airliners deliberately on the Twin Towers and killing everyone on board. These events led to nearly 3,000 deaths and about 400,000 people were open to the elements of dust, smoke and a lot other chemicals. The fact that the attack was perpetrated by Muslims, there was a generalized view that Muslims were terrorists (Fiorenza, 2001). This brought about Islamophobia.
Newspapers, TV screens and the internet were flooded with reports and images of crowds rampaging through the streets, setting buildings and vehicles alight, fighting with police and smashing and looting from both local shops as well as big name high street shops. Riots are extremely shocking social events where the ordinary rules of society break down. So when London 2011 was gripped by the sight of burning cars and hooded youths looting shops it begged a question of why do riots occur in our modern ‘civilised’ society, and more specifically; why did the riots of 2011 occur and what were the causes? Could it be due to poverty and unemployment? Some could argue that people are currently alienated from society or another argued possibility is that it was simply down to opportunism by criminals.
This essay also raises a good question, should it be ok for law enforcement or the government to use racial profiling to make arrest or to just simply stop someone because of their race? Since the attacks of September 11th, once again racial profiling and stereotyping have become a big issue within today’s society. What is racial stereotyping? It is also called ethnic stereotyping and it is basically a person’s pre-conceived beliefs
Sentences such as this one made the people scared and angry at the Muslims and may have change their opinions of the Muslims. Consequently making them want to kill them because of all the ordeals. Urban also used the technique of causing people to change themselves through integrity. This is shown in the sentence when he says ‘He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me’. People wanted to have others honor them which caused many to join the crusade.
Since September 11th, 2001 Arab Americans have been the target of discrimination. This has created an environment of tension among the American population and Arab Americans They have suffered serious hate crimes and labor discrimination by demotion leading to higher unemployment rates. Many Mosques and Muslim-owned business have been vandalized. . The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported a 1600% increase in hate crimes against the Arab American population in the year after the events of September 11th.
Alienation of Islam in America Shayaq Masood Mrs. Gallman AP English AP 11 11 April 2011 What usually runs in people’s mind when they hear the word “Islam” or “Muslim?” . Many mistakenly associate Islam as the religion of the devil; as well as relating all Muslims to be terrorists. Americans tend to relate the terms as to what they hear in the media and political gossip. There are many reasons as to why these social misconceptions towards Islam and Muslims occur, however; it all begins with ignorance about Islam. Ignorance about Islam includes assuming mistakenly about: what the basic principles of Islam are?