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					Yena Shin

Mr. Duncan




        My second article also discusses the impact of media on forming people’s stereotypes of
races. Arab American stereotypes are revealed mostly through an examination of media coverage
of events such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the 1970's civil war in Lebanon, and acts of
terrorism involving Arabs -- particularly since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 -- and
the depictions of Arabic-speaking people in American films and books. The Arab stereotype is
predominantly a negative image, revolving around a number of over-generalizations and
falsehoods: Arabs have been portrayed in the media as oil millionaires buying up the United
States, white slavers, and uncivilized rulers of kingdoms. Also, Palestinians have been depicted
as terrorists and called derogatory names such as “camel jockeys,” “ragheads,” and
“sandsuckers.” Common misconceptions include the belief that Iranians are Arabs and that all
Arabs are Muslims.

        Furthermore, films from 1961 through 1970 incorporated elements designed to show the
foreignness of the Arab culture and its supposed lack of civilization in comparison with
mainstream American culture. During the 1980's and 1990's, acts of terrorism and conflicts in the
Middle East caused Hollywood and the media to add violence and barbarism to the Arab
stereotype. Arabs, particularly Arab men, were seen as anti-American, greedy, oil-rich,
uncivilized foreigners who were abductors of Western women and, as Muslims, oppressors of
women in general. In the media and in film, Islam has been equated with violence, terrorism, and
suppression of women. We can easily connect the article’s information to our group’s research
because we would like to see if the stereotypes of Arabs are prevalent in both Korea and the
U.S.. If the participants of our research do match adjectives such as “violent” and “greedy” with
pictures of Arabs, we would be able to assume that the role of media was crucial in shaping
people’s perceptions.

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