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Racial Group: Middle Eastern Americans
Perspective: A news reporter writing a newspaper article or blog entry about the racial group

Middle Eastern Americans have been faced with conflicts with the United States as far back as the second world war. Most of these conflicts arose because of disagreements over Middle Eastern oil but the problems haven't stopped there. Conflicts such as the invasion of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, which led to Desert Storm, and the 9/11 attacks have created a rift between the Middle Eastern people and Americans which still continues to this day. There haven't been any laws passed to promote prejudice against Middle Eastern Americans but it still occurs because of actions that some people of the Middle East and Muslim religion have made.

Since 9/11 prejudice and racism against Middle Eastern Americans has been quite prominent in the United States. An example of this would be if someone wearing a turban, which is customary in the Middle East, was walking through an airport. People would be wondering if this man was a terrorist simply because he was wearing this symbol of his religious beliefs. He would probably be extensively searched as he went through airport security and he probably would have anything that was considered a weapon on him. Around the country Mosque's were attacked and vandalized because people associated the Muslim religion with terrorism. Every day there are people who still think that if they see someone looking to be from the middle east they must be a terrorist and they are only here in order to commit some type of terrorist act on our country. Because of this stereotype that has been created due to terrorist attacks, normal human beings are being discriminated against. They weren't part of Al-Qaeda and some of them haven't even been to the Middle East but they are still treated as though they are here to cause destruction and harm us.

Middle Eastern American children also face problems...
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