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Characteristics of Orientalism, Prejudice, and Discrimination

Characteristics of Orientalism, Prejudice, and Discrimination

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Arabs are people whose lineage comes from the Arabian Peninsula or are people that speak Arabic. Muslims could be anybody that practices Islam as their form of religion. With all the research that I have done, I have not found any information regarding any changes the United States has made to policies concerning the treatment of Muslim and Arabic members of society. What I do know is that they are now being a little bit more accepted in society today verses several years ago. Policies are not as strict on the Muslim and Arabic community, instead of stereo-typing them as a terrorist they are now looking at everyone when boarding a plane. Orientalism is the simplistic view of the people and history of the Orient with no recognition of change over time or the diversity within its many cultures. Negative stereotypes with labeling of the Arab and Muslims community have been a
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Unformatted text preview: huge view of people in the United States. The mosque symbols faith and houses of worship to the Muslim community. However for many people in the United States, the mosque does not represent religious freedom and diversity or even a curiosity but a foreign threat in yet another example of Orientalism. It goes beyond Orientalism in which one see people as “the other” and somewhat frightening, for many who overtly express their anti-Muslim or anti-Arab feeling, they are also being pro-American. Incidents have ranged from beatings to vandalism or mosques. What can individuals do to promote tolerance and reduce prejudice in their towns and cities are a teaching tolerance program through the Southern Poverty Law Centers. This reduces prejudice, improves intergroup relations and supports equitable school experiences for our nation’s children....
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