THE MUSLIM ON THE AIRPLANE
Watching the news, it seems like ethnic divides are ever-deepening. But how can we solve these complicated problems when each side lives in fear of the other? The answer is simple, argues Syrian-American poet Amal Kassir – it starts with, “What’s your name?”
After watching the Ted Talk “The Muslim on the airplane,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIAm1g_Vgn0
Discuss the importance of challenging our own viewpoints, especially our stereotypes and prejudices. What was something you found impactful while watching this TedTalk?
You may choose to examine and discuss how you’ve been stereotyped or judged based on your own
differences. You may also choose to examine and discuss your own stereotypes/prejudices. Where did they come from? Why do you hold those beliefs? Etc.. This reflection prompt will also help guide your discussion inthis week’s Color Blind Discussion Post.
Reflections should focus on your own experiences, and how the knowledge learned can be applied to better
improve your personal and professional communication skills. Reflections should be a minimum of 1.5 pages –
using Times New Roman, 12-point font, one-inch margins, single-spaced. It should include a heading with your
name, course number, paper title, and professor’s name. You do not need to use MLA or citations. Think of
reflection assignments as a focused journal entry – NOT an essay or research paper.