Sunday, January 29, 2006

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



It is not just films that continually portray negative images of those of Arab descent, but also books and television. And let’s not forget one of the most popular current pastimes of our youth: video games. “Computer games often feature cartoon Arab villains in which children rack up high scores and win games by killing Arabs” (Karaman and Wingfield, 1995).
The entertainment media outlets are not the only culprits. Other industries perpetuate stereotypical myths as well: I was shocked and dismayed when I learned that a popular retailer had Arab masks for Halloween. “A few years ago, Spencer Gift stores sold ‘Arab’ Halloween masks with grotesque physical features, along with their usual array of goblin, demon, and vampire masks. The chain stocked no other ethnic masks” (Karaman and Wingfield, 1995). What must a child be thinking as he or she sees Arab masks placed next to those of demons and goblins?! Subconsciously, the child may begin to think that Arabs, goblins, and demons are one and the same.

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