1The Socialization Reflection Paper: Based on the Middle Eastern PopulationMcKale D. WilliamsCecil Community CollegeSOC 105 01: Perspectives in Human DiversityProfessor Wayne BecklesApril 1, 2020
2The Socialization Reflection Paper: Based on the Middle Eastern PopulationIn America’s society, there have been a lot of misunderstandings with other countries thatcause a negative image about them. What I mean by misunderstandings is maybe not fully knowing what ethnic groups from specific countries were involved in a specific event. It seems that being human, we have the tendency to categorize different ethnic groups, cultures, and even countries into a category or categories. With my own personal experience with this, an example Ihave is the Middle Eastern population. When I was younger, I would hear some of my family members and some of my friends talk about the Middle East and how it is a bad place and how they hate The United States. Now me being younger and less informed with places overseas at the time, I thought that the Middle East was one big country. In my defense, the way my family members and friends were talking about it, it seemed like they thought the same thing. Of course,this is not the case. Countries in the Middle East include Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and so on. Thus, it appears looking back on it that my family and friends, with no attention to disrespect,were putting all these countries into one category. In their defense, there have been attacks towards American soldiers and even on American soil that make people from the Middle East look hateful in the American eye. For example, in the book Race and Ethnic Relations: American and Global Perspectives, author Martin Marger talks about the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center (2019). He also talks about the war between The United States and Iraq, which started in 2003 (Marger, 2019). With these couple of major events taking a big place in America’s history, it would make sense how Americans would think that the Middle East hates Americans. Now, even though this statement may be true for some of those countries in the Middle East, this is not a fair statement
3to all of those countries. Here is where a lot of Americans, including myself at one point in my life, get either confused or are unaware. Muslim is a religion and Arabians are an ethnicity. The reason why I brought both of those things up is because people who fit in either one or both of these categories received a very negative image (Marger, 2019). What Americans did was basically intertwine both of these kinds of people into one category. Thus, the image was if you are a Muslim, Arabian or both, you are a terrorist. Nowadays, that image is not that blunt, but Muslims and Arabians still have a very negative image.