Stereotyping Muslims In The Media

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Stereotyping Muslims in the Media Imagine you’re walking down the street and see a woman wearing a traditional hijab (head scarf). What is your first thought? Terrorist? Isn’t she warm in that? Ever since September 11th, 2001, and even before that, people all over the world have had unkind stereotypical opinions about Muslims. Anything from a man with a thick beard to a woman with a hijab makes a lot of people a tiny bit fearful. Our culture today is very much about looks, and our first impressions are based on what we see before us. We stereotype even if we try not to. There is nothing to discourage us not to do this, however. The media we are surrounded by tells us that stereotyping is okay. Stereotyping is something we all do. Nobody knows how to stop it; just that all humans have this common quality. Most humans stereotype against different sects or groups because they are different from everyone else. We stereotype against gays and lesbians, women, different racial groups, and those are just the tip of the ice berg. Stereotyping will always be a part of human nature. A group of people that are strongly stereotyped in America are Muslims. This is because they are not of the norm and because they have a different belief system than others. Muslims have been stereotyped from all aspects of their life since 9/11. Muslims who had been in the United States longer than some Christians were suddenly being verbally and physically attacked by those Christians. More and more, they were being accused of misdemeanors that they had never done. They were citizens like everyone else; the difference was that they were the only ones being questioned. The thing to ask yourself is, were they being questioned simply because they were Muslims? Are people that ill-bred? As a young Muslim woman in the United States, I have often had to endure the unkind stereotyping of the
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