Iraqi Stereotype

Monday, 7 April 2003

i’ve found something disturbing. whenever i catch a bit of news regarding the war, which is not much because as long as people are dying i don’t care for it, but whenever i catch a bit of news containing a picture of a moustachioed Iraqi, they all look like Saddam Hussein. It is quite hard to tell one moustachioed Iraqi from another, and i’m pretty sure this is purposeful. everyone knows about Saddam’s doppelgangers. everyone knows that Saddam is crazy. everyone knows Saddam has a moustache. but if it appears that every Iraqi has a moustache and looks like Saddam — does it not follow that all Iraqis are crazy? This is how racial profiling proliferates. Even if it is unintentional, the abundance of moustachioed evil Iraqis will create a stereotype that all Iraqis are evil and moustachioed.