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A stereotype is a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment. Stereotypes can be found for every race and ethnicity. In fact, quite aside from any racist or prejudicial purposes, stereotypes commonly are simple truths usually relating to a few folks that are generalized and applied to a whole category of people. In coming to the conclusions in this essay, I interviewed two sources that also gave me insight to other people’s perceptions of stereotypes. There are quite a few stereotypes that are widely used in the media and racial stereotypes are no exception. The turban-wearing bad guy, the brainy Asian, and the Black basketball whiz are just a few of the stereotypes reinforced in the media.
When it comes to stereotyping Middle Easterners, media hype has done more to perpetuate this than anything else. This is especially true with the current heightened sensitivity to terrorism. After September 11th, one could turn on the news and there were many news reports about people of Middle Eastern descent acting suspicious at the airport. Conversely, this stereotype is shown to be a fallacy by the sheer number of people of Middle Eastern descent that either live in the United States or want to. Everything from superb higher educational opportunities to gainful employment continues to attract individuals from the Middle East (and elsewhere) to the United States. Suffice to say, there is more love for America among Middle Easterners than not. One can even see evidence of this in Middle Eastern countries itself – there are McDonald’s in the desert! There is nothing that says “I Love America” more than a local McDonald’s. Just because someone is from the Middle East doesn’t necessarily mean they are a terrorist.
Whether you admit it or not, being raised in America, we all know the racial stereotypes that have traversed through our colorful...