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Sarah Brodsky Sociology 3AC 11/15/06 Current Relations There are many social experiences that characterize a common struggle for Arabs, African Americans, and Latinos. The articles I found illustrate how each one of these racial groups are looked upon as “outsiders” and a “threat” to America despite the fact that the Arabs, African Americans, and Latinos being alienated are just as American as anybody else. The articles Sikh Appearance and Confusion in America by Nirmal Singh , Bridge the Divide by Cassaundra Baber, and Latinos Voice Concerns about Racial Profiling to Police by Dan Johnson bring together a common theme through the images of the terrorist, the gangster, and the alien and characterize the common struggle that all three racial groups experience daily. The article Sikh Appearance and Confusion in America by Nirmal Singh talks about how the Arabs are looked at as terrorists who want to destroy Americans due to events like September Eleventh. According to Singh, the stereotypical view of Arabs as looking like Osama bin Laden “may be at the root of a spike in hate crimes against Sikhs post 9/11, the Sikhs have been trying to reach out to the mainstream to correct this problem of mistaken identity” (Singh, 1). According to Singh, Arabs feel that their lifestyle is extremely stereotyped and misunderstood. This is because many Americans do not understand the meaning behind Jihad. According to Schaefer, Jihad is the “struggle against the enemies of Allah, usually taken to mean one’s own internal struggle” (Schaefer, 289). Based on my experience, many Americans think that the term Jihad is used to describe the act of destroying anybody outside the Muslim faith. However, Jihad is a term that is used to describe one’s own personal struggles against Allah. Arabs of the Muslim faith are not concerned with the genocide of all those who are not of the
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