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Unformatted text preview: Characteristics of Orientalism, Prejudice, and Discrimination Checkpoint I t is a common misconception to believe that Arabs and Muslims are one of the same. Alas, this is not always the case. Muslims are characterized as individuals whom practice the religion of Islam. Arabs a re a variety of people whom live in specific (Arab or Arabian) regions of the planet. This in t urn is not a religion, but a nationality. T he United States has taken a variety of actions toward Arabian and Muslim m igrants. Since the attacks on September 11th t here have been a series of new laws passed. T hese laws greatly increase the difficulty for Arabs and Muslims to gain access to the count ry. The government has also ini tiated massive wiretapping and physical monitoring of people who are deemed “possible terrorists”. O rientalism is a unique and absolutely fascinating lifestyle. Spirituality and tight family values often follow suit in people of the orient. Unfortunately, aspects such as spiri tuality and cultural diversity can lead to hate. Individuals whom misinterpret the o riental culture as something i t is not can easily lay way to negative stereotypes. Much like t he Muslims and Arabs, i t is confusion that fuels unnecessary intolerance. One of the best ways to prevent hatred is education. Teaching children and adults a like to respect everybody, regardless of their skin or beliefs; will keep prejudice at bay. One could also rally community get-togethers. By bringing neighbors together, individuals tend t o respect one another just a lit t le bit more. ...
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- Spring '09