Monday, January 23, 2006

THE POST 9/11 CLASSROOM...continued...



Arabs have been the victims of stereotypes and misconceptions for at least a century in this country. Some Hollywood directors have been too eager to nurture stereotypical images of minority races in films and people of Arab descent clearly did not escape the clouded eyes of those directors. From the early silent film, The Sheik (1921) (portrayed by the legendary Rudolph Valentino), to The Thief of Baghdad (1924), to Arabian Nights (1942), to Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944) to modern films such as True Lies (1994), Hollywood has been successful in perpetuating stereotypical myths. Even the Oscar-winning, seemingly innocent, animated cartoon, Aladdin (1992), which is obviously targeted to young children, is fraught with misleading Arab stereotypes.

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