This trailer for “Reel Bad Arabs”, a documentary produced by the Media Education Foundation in collaboration with Professor Jack Shaheen, explores historical and contemporary depictions of Arabs in media. From the producers: “The film explores a long line of degrading images of Arabs -- from Bedouin bandits and submissive maidens to sinister sheikhs and gun-wielding "terrorists"-- along the way offering devastating insights into the origin of these stereotypic images, their development at key points in US history, and why they matter so much today.”
This clip comes from a 1991 broadcast of ABC World News tonight with Peter Jennings. It is an early news account of the beating of Rodney King, an African American male who was pulled over by the LAPD and became the victim of police brutality. The altercation was caught on tape by a pedestrian with a video camera.
This clip comes from a short documentary called Second Class Citizens, by Ryan James Yezak. Clips from this documentary outline the history of attitudes towards homosexuality, describe some of the impacts of discrimination, and highlights some of the efforts that have been undertaken to advance the cause of gay rights.
In this 1939 cartoon produced by Chevrolet, the hero Nicky Nome rescues a pauper from the “Valley of Jewels”. He takes him to the princess on a magic carpet, which then transforms itself into a new Chevrolet. Typical of many cartoons of the time, the ad portrays a host of stereotypical and caricatured depictions of the Arab world and Arab peoples.
This video comes from 1929 and features Edna Peters, a teenage girl from Miami who won a contest that brought her over to England as part of a cultural exchange. She remarks that the “typical American girl” is expected to be chewing gum, but insists to her new British friends that this is not always the case.