Dr. Jack G. Shaheen has dedicated his career to identifying and contesting damaging stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in American media. He has connected their development to the portrayals of other marginalized groups including Jews, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and African Americans. His research analyzes the origins of these visual caricatures, reveals their very real ramifications for innocent people, and presents solutions to counter them effectively.
By Janice Freij, Curator of Education at the AANM
When I tell people I'm Arab American, I get various reactions. "Oh...uh...Interesting," as they slowly back away. "You're Arab? But where's the dot on your forehead?" "You're an Arab! Teach me how to make hummus!"