Characteristics of Orientalism, Prejudice, and Discrimination

Characteristics of Orientalism, Prejudice, and Discrimination

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I believe the major problem with the words Muslim and Arab is the association that comes along with those words. Since the 9/11 attacks I would say the average American cannot help but to come with up negative thoughts at the mention of a Muslim or an Arab. The difference between the two is Muslim is a religious belief and Arab is an ethnicity. Orientalism is a manner of regularized (or orientalized) writing, vision, and study, dominated by imperatives, perspectives, and ideological biases ostensibly suited to the Orient." It is the image of the 'Orient' expressed as an entire system of thought and scholarship (http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/Orientalism.html). This would be one explanation for the recent treatment of Muslims or Arabic people in the United States in these last couple of years.
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Unformatted text preview: The Orient describes "the Arab" as irrational, menacing, untrustworthy, anti-Western and dishonest. With these perceptions by the media and people of high political positions it is easily influenced on our culture. This is what leads to hate crimes and prejudice. Instead of openly accepting the culture and religion, we tend to turn away because of ignorance. One way to promote tolerance and reduce prejudice is through education. It is important to have knowledge on something in order to accept or fully understand. Not every Muslim is a radical and not every Arab is a terrorist. If we had the knowledge to help embrace the Arabs proud culture then we can look past the perception of the majority. Louis Whatts...
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