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• Xenophobia is defined as "an unreasonable fear of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange.”

• It comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning "stranger," "foreigner" and φόβος (phobos), meaning "fear.”

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• Before Dr. Seuss became famous for his children's books that celebrate diversity and nonviolence, he worked as an illustrator and political cartoonist. As part of that work, he created a series of war bonds and advertisements during World War II. Propaganda like this, prevalent during the era, shaped the way Americans viewed people living in Japan. It also contributed to fears and suspicious about people of Japanese ancestry living in the U.S. The government acted on these fears in February 1942 by ordering some 112,000 U.S. residents of Japanese descent to be held in so-called internment camps, against their will and often in unhealthy conditions. Two-thirds of those sent to the camps were U.S. citizens.

• Unflattering images of "the enemy" eventually sink into our subconscious and make it easier to fight, and to hate. This practice of dehumanizing adversaries continues today.

• When you think of the word enemy, what images come to mind? Why?

Image Source: Image Source: The Dr. Seuss Collection, Mandeville Special Collection Library, University of California, San Diego.

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APRIL 12, 2006 Our addiction to TV is killing us


Illustration by V.C. Rogers

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•What do they have in common?

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• Paula Abdul

• Selma Hayek

• Casey Kasem

• Spencer Abraham

• Ralph Nader

• Christa McAuliffe

• Spencer Abraham

• Ralph Nader

• Doug Flutie

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They are Arab-Americans

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Oh I come from a land, from a faraway place Where the caravan camels roam Where it's flat and immense And the heat is intense It's barbaric, but hey, it's home { Original first verse (1992-93): Oh I come from a land, from a faraway placeWhere the caravan camels roam Where they cut off your ear If they don't like your face It's barbaric, but hey, it's

home }

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WHO ARE THE ARAB AMERICANS?– Arab Muslims constitute about 20% of the

world's Muslim population. – Some 3.5 million Arab Americans live in all

50 states and the District of Columbia. – According to the 1990 Census, 82% are

citizens and 63% were born in the U.S. – Arab Americans in U.S. schools represent

more than 20 countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

– Arab Americans can be Muslim, Christian, Jewish, atheist or a follower of another faith.


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WHAT IS ISLAM?• With some 7 million Muslims living in the U.S.• Counting about 1 billion followers, Islam is the

world's second largest religion after Christianity.

• Indonesia, which is non-Arab, is the largest Islamic country, and a sizable population of Christian Arabs live in the Middle East.

• The word "Islam" is derived from root words Silm and Salam, which mean "peace."

• Muslims consider Allah the creator of all human beings and the god for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists, and others.


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• Muslims believe it is sacrilege to present any image, even those that may seem benign, of the Prophet Muhammad. That's in contrast to adherents of many other religions, who view the display of figures such as Buddha or Jesus Christ to be a sign of devoutness.


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POV- Point of View• Muslims who believe that any image of

Mohammed is blasphemous and non-Muslims who believe in freedom of expression.


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Project Implicit

• Dig Deeper:

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