September 23, 2011

Arabs stereotyped like Indians

From Arab Spring Into Indian Summer?

By Julia Good FoxTribes and Tribal Nations, like the Arab world, are misunderstood by Westerners. This is due to a list of reasons we are all familiar with including false representations in the history books and stereotypes in the media and popular culture. For example, I am confident that if you watched director Jackie Salloum’s “Planet of the Arabs,” a short 2005 video showcasing the portrayal of Arabs in the Western media, you would immediately see the connections between how American Indians and Arab Peoples have been popularly misrepresented. In fact, Salloum’s critique is a perfect segue into Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond’s 2009 documentary Reel Injun.

But Arabs and American Indians have more in common than being routinely caricatured or savaged in mainstream films for mass consumption. We also share the experiences of living, at one time or another, under political tenures that have been more interested in undermining our communities (under the guise of “civilization” or “reorganization”) than in investing in an informed and engaged people who can be the basis for a participatory style of intelligent and community-based government. Arab Spring, like other events, promises to be of help in learning how to create such a style of governing through the supportive role of cosmopolitan communication.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see All Bigotries Are Similar and Stephen's Bigotry Against Muslims.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There's also one called Reel Bad Arabs. It's pretty good, and it makes the point of movies like Back to the Future, which put Arab terrorists in...In the words of Dr. Perry Cox, "How does 'for poops and giggles' sound for you?"