Minorities In The Media Research Paper

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What can unite a mix-pot country populated with individuals each with their own opinionated, patriotic views? A common enemy. Events like 9/11 and the terrorist group ISIS seem to have made Muslims America’s public enemy number one. Clearly, these horrific acts and heinous people do not mean that every single Muslim person in existence is a terrorist, plotting to kill all Americans. The fact that this is a common misconception among educated adults is ridiculous. Not every Muslim man is a rapist in disguise, bursting with fiery hatred for all things American. Not every Muslim woman is a delicate servant who feels she deserves to be objectified and doesn’t consider herself equal to a man. Does this mean that they are all exceptional people? …show more content…
The portrayal of minorities in the media has been an issue plaguing America for many years. Religious groups are always cautiously approached in the media, particularly Muslims because people could get offered. However it is not the Muslims that the media is afraid of offending, but everyone else. Nearly all representations of Muslims in the media depict them as terrorists, because America refuses to see them as anything else. What the media industry needs to do, is pass over the walls of stereotypes, and be mature. The fact that people sincerely believe that, because some people who are Muslim are also appalling individuals, the entire population of Muslim people are exactly like that too, is outrageous and frankly juvenile. The media shouldn’t be playing into any kind of stereotypes, because that just encourages racism and further divides our country. For the Muslims it’s a double edged sword, because they are either overlooked completely in the media, or depicted terribly. The representation of Muslim people in the media is racist, dishonest, cruel, and discriminatory. In order for Americans to stop treating Muslims like adversaries, the way they are portrayed needs to be changed. If the media would cleanse themselves of the racism and stereotypes they’ve been playing into, Muslims would finally be accepted into American …show more content…
What was intended to be thrilling and energizing to its viewers, might have been conveyed to some, but Muslim viewers were most likely incredibly offended. The antagonists in the film are a fictional, Muslim, terrorist group called the Crimson Jihad. Muslims are pictured as one-dimensionally evil and anti-American, a motivation for their terrorist action is never mentioned, they’re just intensely angry Muslims. The movie sparked several Muslim protests, however to no avail because they continue to be represented this way. Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Rules of Engagement, and Delta Force are only some of the many movies that uphold the idea that the entire Muslim world is barbaric. If one asks themselves the question, “When was the last time I saw a movie with a Muslim protagonist?”, there will be no answer. As long as the Hollywood industry keeps dehumanizing Muslims, they will be seen as

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