a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.“the stigma of having gone to prison will always be with me”
Unfortunately, we as people, hold stigmas. We hold many stigmas against many different styles and topics including, but not limited to, Muslim head-wear and toothbrush mustaches. It’s not the item’s themselves that we have problems with, it is the actions and views that have been associated with them.
Toothbrush moustaches were popular in the United States in the late 19th century and they quickly spread to Germany.
Ringing a bell?
Yep, that’s right. I’m talking about the Hitler stache.
Hitler was a man who did horrible things to millions of people. And did Hitler brandish, the toothbrush moustache. Now, try going out in public with such a style. The trend quickly died down after World War II because of its association with Hitler.
In May 2010, former basketball star Michael Jordan appeared in a Hanes commercial wearing a toothbrush moustache. Reaction from the press and public was unfavorable. Jordan’s friend Charles Barkley said, “I have got to admit that I don’t know what the hell he was thinking and I don’t know what Hanes was thinking. I mean it is just stupid, it is just bad, plain and simple.” Jordan has not been seen with it since.
I’ll try not to ruffle any feathers with this one.
There is such a thing as religious freedom here in America where I live, and there is also many debates on Muslim Head-wear.
Is it inappropriate? No.
Is it offensive? Depends.
Is it right? Yes
It’s not inappropriate. Just because someone practices a different lifestyle and religion than you doesn’t make their actions and clothing inappropriate. Unless you’re forcing your religion on someone else or like naked in the streets, then you’re in the wrong.
Being offensive is easy. People get offended easily, it’s just how we are. Why do some people view this style as offense? Easy, lack of knowledge and stigma. This ties in with my blog STIGMATIZING MENTAL ILLNESS. I’m not saying media is 100% to blame here, but there is some fault. In the movies, we see men wearing doning headdresses and guns shooting places up. It’s common and it’s misrepresented.
Just like the toothbrush moustache, we associate Muslim head-wear with how we see it being portrayed. If we see someone, doning a niqab and being extremely violent, the yes, people are going to associated violence with a Niqab.
Stop seeing people as what they wear and see who they are on the inside.