Ever since 9/11, racism grew against middle eastern americans. This has been shown in the media and the insane comments people write behind their computers. It has grown to the point where no one barely talks about the discrimination against middle eastern americans. It went to the point where if someone I don’t know or don’t trust asks me “what is your ethnicity”, I give them a lie for an answer. This is because the stupid people in this country blamed middle eastern americans for the actions of others (Osama Bin Laden and the hijackers) based on the association of regional origin. I call them stupid because if you blame a person for the actions of others based on regional origin, gender, race, religion or etc, it means your reasoning skills are BELOW AVERAGE. I was only in first grade when 9/11 happened. I didn’t know what racism even meant. Iran hasn’t been invaded yet, but some other countries in the Middle East have been invaded. I once heard a pakistani girl say “I think it’s disgusting how some people have called me a terrorist while family is being bombed.” Well let me tell you what I think is disgusting in addition to that. MIDDLE-EASTERN AMERICANS (NATURAL BORN CITIZENS) ARE BORN AND RAISED IN AMERICA. We are on AMERICA’S SIDE. Middle Easterners, including my parents, immigrated to America for the Freedom they can’t have in the Middle East. They are done with the conservative middle-easterners who force their views on everyone else. To accuse us of being a terrorist is ignorant and flat out racist because it’s based on the association of regional origin of the terrorists who live in the Middle East. It’s like calling a typical black man, a thug without no proof. You called him a thug because most thugs are black men, which is racist. I don’t care if you call your middle eastern friend a terrorist as a joke and if you do, it means you are a fake friend. I never understood how calling another person a terrorist is a joke. it’s not even funny and it’s not something the CIA takes lightly.
The perpetual foreigner stereotype in America is applied mainly to Asian Americans. No matter how long they or their families have lived in the country, they are still not seen as True Americans, they are still seen as foreigners. That is why people are surprised at how good their English is and ask them, “Where are you really from?” – where New Jersey does not count as an answer.
Please note: Asians born in America speak perfect English with an American accent. For most of them America is the only country they know. It is their country too. They are every bit as American as white people.
The girl pictured in the Virgin ad that says “Dump Your Pen Friend” is not from Japan or anywhere in Asia: she is American – at an American barbecue, no less. If that surprised you, then you were applying the perpetual…
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English is my first language. It’s the only language I know how to read and write in because I was born and raised in the US. My second language is Persian because my family speaks Persian. Compared to English, I have limited vocabulary in Persian. When I speak Persian, my family tells me that I have an American Accent. When I speak English, some people told me I have a little bit of an accent, and that’s because Persian is spoken with a flatter tongue, but American English is spoken with a rounder tongue. Those two accents of mine overlap a little bit when I speak one or the other and this is true about almost everyone out there who is also bilingual. I feel as if people, who only speak American English, make more of an effort than I do with their American accents. I used to have a teacher who came from New York. Instead of saying “yes-ter-day”, she would say “yes-ta-day”. Some of the kids in my class would make fun of her, and she said “I feel like you guys make more of an effort with saying yes-ter-day”. As I was growing up, there have been ignorant kids at school who said “what part of english don’t you understand”, “I can’t understand your accent”. Those stupid kids have exaggerated my accent and underestimated my understanding of English. Well what did I say to that? I know two languages and you only know one, so stfu. Sometimes people might ask you to translate English words into your second language, which is very annoying. I’m like NO. There are some bilingual people who feel awkward doing that and afraid of people making fun of their language. “Kobideh” is a type of kabob. I heard one kid say “stupideh”. I heard that same damn kid call Farsi “fart-si”. In Persian, the persian language is called “Farsi” or “Parsi”. It was originally called Parsi, but after the arabs came in to Persia, they called it Farsi because they don’t have a p sound in their alphabet. This one time someone asked me what my national origin is, and I said my parents came from Iran. This same person asked “Do you know how to speak Arabic”? My face looked offended and I said “NO”. Some people in the West will assume you know arabic because you are of middle eastern descent, which isn’t true because not all middle easterners speak Arabic. There are many middle eastern languages.