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ERIC Number: EJ989438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
Arabizing Obama: Media's Racial Pathologies and the Rise of Postmodern Racism
Labidi, Imed
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v10 n2 p363-391 Oct 2012
The media's power to shape our views of reality, our socialization, and our politics is indisputable. As we increasingly discover and interpret the world through the screen of our TVs, media narratives and images construct for us confusing representations of reality. In the process, our ability to experience the real is reduced along with our commitment to engage with political and social problems. Confusion blurs our vision. Our rational capacities and certainties appear to have vanished. In the midst of this confusion, this article explains how the media have transformed identity politics in the United States by setting up Arab and Muslim American communities as the enemy within and institutionalized a new discourse of discrimination that relies on racial microaggression. Operating through Arabization, racial scapegoating, and misrepresentation, this discourse is similar to what sociologist Ramon Flecha calls postmodern racism in Europe. The article further argues that this discourse is used to question President Obama's decisions, his ostensibly suppressed Muslim identity, and his patriotism. (Contains 8 footnotes.)
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States