A recent article on CNN reinforces the media stereotype of the terrorist — a man with a turban and beard (via @jbarooah):
It’s hard to say that looking like a terrorist would be a good thing, but it hasn’t gone so badly for Navid Negahban.
…”I went to shoot a project in Toronto last year and I still had a full beard and my hair was a little bit longer, and I was scruffy – I mean, I was afraid of getting on a plane with myself,” joked Negahban, who had to go through a customs line in New York’s LaGuardia Airport. “I was going through the line and the agent locked eyes with me and I thought ‘Oh, here we go again.'”
The most recent terrorist attack in the United States was perpetrated by a clean-shaven white man, but those of us who wear turbans and beards as part of our faith continue to pay the price of stereotypes and mischaracterization by media.
So true. And then we wonder where prejudice comes from.