I would venture to guess that some white Americans may think that there are no more ridicule roles 1 for minorities in American media. There’s been so much improvement! How could there possibly be one group that still plays the villain all the time? The willful ignorance of some people will never cease to amaze me. Because there is a group that is still put in that box. It happens so often that it might even seem normal to us now: the Middle Eastern Terrorist.
The terrorist role is the strongest ridicule role we have in American media today. With the War on Terror post-9/11, people from the Middle East are the easiest demographic to make a villain. That is not when that stereotype started since there were other conflicts in the region before then, but it has continued to grow rapidly since 9/11 and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. It is seen as patriotic and noble to defeat a terrorist. The Middle Eastern terrorist is a villain that gets little to no sympathy. Only media that makes a point to generate empathy for the terrorist does so. Most media makes them nameless, barbaric, and jihad-obsessed war mongers. This is simply unfair and incorrect.