Anti Muslim Stereotypes

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Terrorist, a word that means many different things to many different people, is painted by the media as an easily identifiable, one-dimensional, criminal in modern society. Google “terrorist”, and the only thing portrayed is turban wearing, automatic rifle carrying, Islamic extremist. Based on what has been learned through movies and mass media, the ability to identify a “terrorist” even when fully covered can be done based on the clothing and the surroundings in the images. American stereotypes also imply the conclusion that the location is in the Middle East, therefore, they have to be terrorists which also identifies them as Muslim. After 9/11 the media inundated the American public with feelings of fear and outrage perpetuating islamophobia. The media’s portrayal of anti - Muslim sediment is influencing and steering the American public because perpetuating stereotypes creates a distorted representation and has increased anti-Muslim attitudes in the United States. …show more content…
It is also reported that over half of Americans have an unfavorable opinion regarding the Islamic religion (Moore). Ashley Moore of Human Rights & Human Welfare states that, “The reasons behind the American misunderstanding of Islam can be traced to media stereotypes that have permeated American pop culture.” According to Encountering the World of Islam, “The Middle East is a vague and often negative term which does not accurately reflect where Muslims live” (Common Misconceptions about Muslims). We as Americans have reduced over 22 countries comprised of multiple nationalities, with many different religions together and labeled it “The Middle East” the “Islamic

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