- Who Are Arab Americans?
- Popular Perceptions
- Why The Stereotypes?
- About & Credits
“…but Syrian immigration is also steadily growing, and without restriction, we may expect in the next few years […] that many thousands of these human parasites will come here to reap the benefits of our civilization and increase instead of sharing our burdens.” Dr. Allan McLaughlin, U.S. Public Health and Marine Hospital Service, Popular Science Monthly, Sept. 1904, p. 442.
“Apart from the dark skin of the Arabs, it is well known that they are a part of the Mohammedan world and that a wide gulf separates their culture from that of the predominately Christian peoples of Europe. It cannot be expected that as a class they would readily intermarry with our population and be assimilated into our civilization. The small amount of immigration of these peoples to the United States is in itself evidence of that fact...the petition is denied.” U.S. District Judge Tuttle in the Michigan v. Ahmed Hassan citizenship case, December 15, 1942.
“The corresponding stereotype of women sees in them creatures in whom one cannot have confidence, who are like animals, highly sexed and willing to have sex with any man. That is all they care about.” Rafael Patai, The Arab Mind, New York: Scribner, 1976, p. 126.
"It was like the Arabian Nights, the Ali Baba situation. The portrait that was painted was so convincing. It almost became patriotic to take their money. You know, let's take some of that OPEC oil money. It's our tax dollars." A New Jersey state senator, Joseph Maressa, in TIME magazine article on Operation Abscam, February 18, 1980. Abscam was an FBI sting operation in 1978 that targeted corrupt government officials by posing Middle Eastern businessmen who offered government officials bribes in return for political favors. This operation led to the conviction of a dozen government officials.
“Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene. Muslim immigrants bring with them a chauvinism that augurs badly for their integration into the mainstream of the European societies.” Daniel Pipes, “The Muslims are Coming! The Muslims are Coming!” National Review, November 19, 1990.
“Women are expected to sacrifice their comfort and freedom to service the requirements of male sexuality; either to repress or stimulate the male sex urge.” Geraldine Brooks, Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, New York: Anchor Books, 1995.
“We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” - Ann Coulter, “This is War,” National Review Online, September 13, 2001.
“If I see someone who comes in that’s got a diaper on his head and a fan belt wrapped around the diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled over.” Rep. John Cooksey [R-LA] on a Tennessee Radio Station, September 17, 2001.
"If you overstay your visas even by one day, we will arrest you. If you violate a local law--we will hope that you will, and work to make sure that you are put in jail and be kept in custody as long as possible." Attorney General John Ashcroft in a speech regarding the USA PATRIOT, October 26, 2001.
“The God of Islam is not the same God. He’s not the son of God of the Christian or Judeo-Christian Faith. It’s a different God, and I believe it is a very evil and wicked religion.” – Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, NBC Nightly News, November 16, 2001.
“The Arab World is where innocent people are kidnapped, blindfolded, tied up, tortured and beheaded, and then videotape of all of this is released to the world as though they’re somehow proud of their barbarism. Somehow, I wouldn’t be too concerned about the sensitivity of the Arab world. They don’t seem to have very much […] It’s going to come down to them or us.” Jack Cafferty, host of CNN’s American Morning show, November 17, 2004.
"It is of questionable wisdom to continue allowing Muslims to serve in the US military in combat roles in the Mideast and to have access to classified information, except under extraordinary circumstances and after thorough background checks." Michele Malkin, In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror, Renegery Press, 2004.
"I tell you right now - the largest percentage of Americans would like to see a nuclear weapon dropped on a major Arab capital. They don't even care which one [...] I think these people need to be forcibly converted to Christianity. It's the only thing that can probably turn them into human beings." Michael Savage, host of Savage Nation, May 12, 2004.
“So a Muslim wanted a Muslim holiday, which is absurd in a Judeo-Christian country. I mean, we can't be having Hindu and Buddha. I mean, come on. I mean, this country is founded on Judeo-Christian traditions.” Bill O’Reilly, The O’Reilly Factor, FOX News, October 27, 2005.
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Republican candidate John McCain had the following exchange with an audience member at an October town hall event:
Audience member: “I don’t trust [Barack] Obama…He’s an Arab.”
McCain: “No, ma’am. He’s a decent, family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with.”
McCain’s response implies that “decent, family man” and “Arab” are incongruous.