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1 Atinuke Omolara Michael Bradley English Composition 1002 March 6, 2008 Post 9/11 Sentiments: How do we view the Muslims Living in the United States we are surrounded by different cultures, religions and norms of living. With this vast amount of diversity, prejudice and discrimination are inevitable because misunderstandings often happen and people’s ways of living many times are perceived as wrong. In Robert L. Heilbroner’s article titled Don’t Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments , he tries to convince his audience that everyone stereotypes instinctively . An Identity Reduced to a Burka, written by Semeen Issa and Laila Al-Marayati, dispels the myth that all Muslim women wear a burka. Issa and Al-Marayati want to prove that Muslim women are unique, despite the stereotype of them as always wearing “the veil”. Lastly, Michael Skube describes in Taking a Leap of Faith how his Iranian neighbors taught him not to stereotype Middle Easterners despite 9/11. The issues that these authors cover are very relevant to our times but do not discuss how the media poorly represents Middle Easterners everyday. The post 9/11 stereotypes of Muslims are only justified because the people are reacting to the news and media. “Taking a Leap of Faith” is a narrative written by Michael Skube about his personal relationship he had with an Iranian family. Firstly, the author says that their children, “first graders who cared more about sleepovers than cultural differences or religious imperatives”,
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2 brought the families together. Although Rahim and Golpar, Iranian natives, had grown up in Islamic homes, they had “drifted away from this religion” (Skube, 139). The Iranian family was open-minded and even agreed to attend Mass with Skube and his family. Skube was very surprised for the fact that Rahim was a kind and gentle man compared to “the stereotypical post- 9/11 view of someone raised a Muslim is that he would be vengeful, even brutal” (Skube, 140). Skube begins to understand that although they were shaped in the Muslim culture, they still respected the American way and wanted to be American citizens. Robert Heilbroner, a Harvard-educated economist, wrote Don’t Let Stereotypes Warp Your Judgments to persuade people why we as a society tend to stereotype. With his own experiments and findings he discovers that we “typecast the world” because we “tend to see people in terms of our standardized pictures” (Heilbroner 452). In one demonstration, Heilbroner describes a study of thirty Barnard and Columbia students who were told rate thirty photographs
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