Just So You Know: A is for Arab Exhibit


Janeen Fagbemi

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“A is for Arab” is an exhibit on the first floor of the library that explains some of the major stereotypes U.S. pop culture has created for Arabic people.

Many comics, cartoons, and movies in America present Arabic people in a negative way. It is important for people to understand how the media incorrectly represents different cultures.

“The Arab culture representation in America molds the stigma people have about the culture and amplifies the negative stereotypes,” Hannah Agudelo, sophomore nursing major, said.

The exhibit discusses Harems and Sheiks, some of the main caricatures the media uses to describe Arab people. The representation of Arabs in the Disney movie Aladdin is one of the examples the exhibit explains.

“”A is for Arab” tries to discuss why stereotypes are in place and why they are incorrect,” Emmalynn Brown, sophomore finance major, said.

The exhibit also includes some of the positive ways pop culture has attempted to present Arabic people in a realistic way.

The exhibit will be in the library until March 30.

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