Ethics Term Paper

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Blog Entry 001, January, 12th, 2014 The purpose of this entry is to explore the current struggles of the Middle Eastern American and how life has changed for individuals of Middle Eastern descent living in America since the terrorist attacks on Sept, 11th, 2001. The first issue that comes to mind that these individuals so regularly face is Orientalism, which is the generic view of the Orient people; people of the Middle East and East Asia in which no differences and diversities are acknowledged. The most common misconception about the Middle Eastern people as according to the thirteenth edition of the Racial and Ethic groups text but Pearson Education, 2012, is that those who are Arab and Muslim are one and the same, when in actuality these two groups of people have distinct differences primarily being that Arabic is an ethic group and Muslim a religious group, and most Arab Americans are in fact not Muslim and truly most Muslims are not of Arab descent. Both groups have diversity separate from each other which can be seen in; the religions they practice, their ancestral background, the expression of their communities, and how recently they have immigrated to the U.S. all together. The history of the Middle Eastern peoples in the U.S. is shrouded in misconceptions and a misunderstood culture. Middle Eastern women have long been targets of ridicule for their conservative appearance, a misunderstanding about controlling relationships with their husbands as opposed to the actual reason, their relationship with their god. Many Muslim Americans also face discrimination because of their religion, most Americans believe the misconception that the Muslim practice supports the acts of terrorism committed on 9/11, when in fact just as in Christianity taking ones own life is considered a sinful act. At this time in America both the Arab and Muslim Americans face intolerance
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