The Downfall Of Equality

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The Downfall of Equality
The children of today are the future of tomorrow; this is the menacing truth. The average child between the ages of six to ten years old spends forty-two hours a week watching television and their attitudes reflect it (Singer 343). Children grow up watching television and they believe every word or image that comes out of that sacred box. Kids are raised to discriminate television stereotypes of Arabs, African-Americans, Native Americans, women, and any other minority. These images obscure the image of equality and promote ignorance and discrimination. This is a problem that cannot remain unsolved something needs to be done and it needs to be done soon.
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Arabs are viewed as dirty and violent, they always have very thick accents and recently this stereotype has even evolved to terrorists. In Aladdin, Aladdin himself looks and a sound like an American but the evil character Jafar is darker skinned, wears a turban, and speaks in a heavy Arabian accent (Shaheen 98). In one of the songs talking about Jafar says “I come from a land…where they cut off your ears if they don’t like your face. It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home” (Kirsh 154). If someone turns on CNN at any hour of the day they see Arabs and violence, car bombs exploding and people lying dead. One movie even goes as far as calling
Arabs “sand niggers’”; with images like these flowing through the mind of a child the results are inevitable. When one hears the word Arab it unconsciously denotes terrorists and violence.
Native Americans lived in peace in North America for hundreds of y ears before Europeans even knew that the continent existed. Today one rarely hears Native American, you hear the word Indian which is its self a false classification, Native Americans are not from India. The Indian always provokes a negative connotation with words like “savage” popping into ones head without a second thought. The media is responsible for all of these stereotypes, from cowboys and Indians to Peter Pan natives are depicted in negative ways. Native Americans and some of their sacred symbols are now used as mascots for sports fans across the sports spectrum. Natives have lost what they used to stand for and are now just known in the minds of children as ...

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