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AbstractThis paper explores the definition of being Muslim Muslim or Islam is a religion not a race however the American media has portrayed all Muslims as terrorists who inadvertently caused all problems within the United States today The anti-Muslim propaganda really began to take hold after the terrorist attack on 911 Soon all media outlooks began portraying Muslims altogether as terrorists even Jeff Dunham created a puppet character after a dead Muslim terrorist The American citizens saw the actions by the 911 terrorists as a combined effort of all people within that group For a long time after the 911 attacks many Americans were afraid to travel by air and trembled in fear whenever they saw a Muslim in a crowded public place In reality it was a subgroup of extreme group of Muslims This extremely small group set the standard for the multitude of Muslims in the world today Stereotypes prejudices and racism all encompass our daily lives Events occur during our lifetime whether they directly affect us or not shape our personal prejudices During the 1940s most if not all Americans were racists against Nazis or anyone with German descent because of Adolf Hitlers cruel and inhumane actions For the newest generation of Americans they will grow up racists against Muslims The 911 attack not only affected the future generations but also reshapes the previous generations prejudices The Muslim stereotype is now molded from the malevolent conspirators that raise gas prices to the group of evil terrorists Walk in a crowd of people and you automatically group people together The man in the business suit has a career while the other in jeans and a t-shirt is the unemployed or underemployed person with no ambition to move ahead Sometimes we categorize by race others by hair color and level of prestige We assign each person a degree of difference that sets him or her apart If you walk into a group of people
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