Religioncan be regarded from numerous viewpoints. People throughout the world holddiverse religious values. One person’s religious value will not match thereligious values of another person. Globalization as a whole has affected theway we view the different religions and our feelings towards them; it has movedtowards a more symbolic representation of ideologies.
Many have come to believethat the west is more superior to others, and the most popular religion intoday’s America is Christianity. Unfortunately for the nation of Islam, Themedia for years now, has gone out of its way to scare the public into believingit is all about hate, violence, and goal oriented around destroyingChristianity. The goal of this paper is to exploit the role that media (movies,advertisements, news outlets) play into this incorrect interpretation of Islam.
Since9/11 happened, not only did the hate against Muslims sky rocket, but so didbullying in schools, discrimination in public and humiliation of people who lookdifferent from the norm. In 2010, Hanif Mohebi approached the San Diego UnifiedSchool District, concerned about reports his office was receiving about thebullying of American Muslim students (McCollum, 2017). After looking into thereports that had been filed, the executive director of San Diego realized thatthey were not being filed because the children were either afraid of what wouldhappen to them, or that nothing would be done at all (McCollum, 2017). TheCalifornia offices of CAIR launched a campaign to support students and parentsin reporting incidents of anti-Muslim bullying and bias to schooladministrators. They created a kid-friendly pocket guide to help studentsidentify various forms of bullying and how to report them.
After surveying morethan 600 students, ages 11-18, publishing their findings in 2015. The findingsincluded: 55% of Muslim students reported experiencing bullying related totheir religious identity;• 29% of girls who wear ahijab—the traditional Muslim head scarf—said they had been offensively touchedby another student;• 20% of Muslim studentssaid they had experienced discrimination by school staff (Mcollum).These findings indicateto me that there are huge problems in the community between people perceived tobe Muslim, and others. The bigger question to be outlined is where do thesebehaviors start? What is it that these “bullies” see in people different thanthem and where did they learn to act like that? Education on Muslims in Americais indeed a huge problem, but before that can be fixed. I think that the Mediasare at fault.
Mainstream media outlets have been notorious for creating a falseimage of the Muslim community and have failed to denounce white supremacy as adriver in these publishing’s. These outlets are also responsible for using “Waron Terror” as an excuse to overexploit a single incident and create panic inthe community. The media has attacked Muslim Woman by portraying them assilenced and use them as a way to portray Muslims as corrupt. “Some Westernpoliticians, military, police, academics and others in the justice system wantto ‘save’ the Muslim woman from Muslim men and the clutches of patriarchy (Amin-Khan,7). The Medias have also created an illusion that veiling of the face is linkedto terrorism. The hijab, niqab, or burqa are used by the West to project genderoppression onto Islam (Amine-Khan, 8).