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October 11, 2002

Jack Shaheen to Discuss Stereotyping of Arabs in the Media


Jack Shaheen

Post–September 11 America is a difficult place for an expert trying to fight media stereotyping of Arabs. Yet Jack Shaheen, an authority on this topic, is undeterred. Last October, the Los Angeles Times noted, "Now [Shaheen] has to fight for his cause knee-deep in bloodlust; the very networks for whom he has consulted have passed on inviting him to discuss his book. He knows what he's up against: Who wants to hear about the vilification of Arabs in film when they did this to us?" Shaheen's reply is that his message has taken on even greater importance since the terrorist attacks. "People that know me and are close to me said, 'Isn't this a tremendous setback for you?,' " Shaheen said in the Times piece. "And I said, 'No, what are you talking about? Not to make an effort to cease this unending barrage of images of hate would mean that I have allowed this lunatic fringe to prevent me and my colleagues from helping to bring people together.' more>

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