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Taylor Kalashnikov

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9/11 and the change in ethnic stereotypes
« on: March 10, 2017, 11:41:24 pm »

One thing that I noticed happening after 9/11 is that after that horrible day, the ethnic sterotype of the "young middle eastern male"  COMPLETELY changed.
Me, and a lot of those my age and older can remember that the main stereotype of a young, middle eastern man in his 20s was "rich party boy going to college on his oil baron' dad's money till he is 40"...now the first thing someone thinks at the sight of those same kind of guys is "terrorist!! terrorist!!!" Interstingly enough, prior to 9/11, over 90% of americans of the muslim faith identified as conservative republicans(which isn't surprising, given the large amount of small business owners and firearms owners in that demographic), by now it has to be less than 10 percent.
not that anything in this post is all that important, its just some observations I had on the effect 9/11 has had on our stereotypes
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Re: 9/11 and the change in ethnic stereotypes
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2017, 07:55:09 am »

I've worked with and along side a good number of muslims. Never saw any of them as "terrorists."  Some were interesting people and hard workers, and some were dipshits - like any other demographic of people. And pretty much everything in between. They all, as far as I could determine, had one fatal flaw, however. They did not seem to actually value LIFE very much, their own or that of anyone else. Their first, by far, value is their idea of "god" and allegiance to their religion. Makes no difference to me, of course, unless it is my life, or that of others at risk because of it. I wouldn't have a muslim doctor, for instance.
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Re: 9/11 and the change in ethnic stereotypes
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2017, 09:01:48 am »

I've worked with and along side a good number of muslims. Never saw any of them as "terrorists."  Some were interesting people and hard workers, and some were dipshits - like any other demographic of people. And pretty much everything in between. They all, as far as I could determine, had one fatal flaw, however. They did not seem to actually value LIFE very much, their own or that of anyone else. Their first, by far, value is their idea of "god" and allegiance to their religion. Makes no difference to me, of course, unless it is my life, or that of others at risk because of it. I wouldn't have a muslim doctor, for instance.
having spent many years in Arlington, I also lived/worked among many muslims and non muslims from the Mideast/central Asia. even worked for one Syrian who was raised in the USSR on the Gun show circuit. I just found it kind of odd and funny that the way people in general changed their sterotype of one group based on one event, and to a lesser extent, how they view themselves has changed too.
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Re: 9/11 and the change in ethnic stereotypes
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2017, 09:10:01 am »

I just found it kind of odd and funny that the way people in general changed their sterotype of one group based on one event, and to a lesser extent, how they view themselves has changed too.

Perhaps that stereotype is more or less prevalent in the liberal enclaves on the coasts, and elsewhere. I've not run into any of that myself. Of course, we don't have much ethnic "diversity" here to start with. Not even many "indians" evident here where I live. I think there is one "black" family in town, and I do not remember ever seeing anyone I'd consider from the Mid East at all, even in the two small cities.  :) Too far out in the sticks, I guess. LOL
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Re: 9/11 and the change in ethnic stereotypes
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2017, 10:54:48 am »

yeah I live in Dallas and I regularly see middle easterners, Indians, viets, eastern Europeans, blacks, Mexicans, central americans, white Yankees and of course your east and west Texas good ole boys.
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