Fear drives biased reactions to billboard

12/13/2013 7:10 AM

12/10/2013 3:29 PM

Re “Billboard exposes ugly biases” (Marcos Breton, Dec. 8): A billboard displays what appears to be a Muslim woman and a white American soldier. The billboard is for a company that produces a product to reduce snoring. What’s the connection between the couple and the product? It doesn’t seem to matter.

The billboard turns heads because it implies that a Muslim woman is married to an American soldier. The religious and cultural backgrounds suggested by the billboard shouldn’t matter. The young Muslim woman in the image is discriminated against because of Americans’ fear. The public judges her and assumes the worst, based on our country’s past.

The billboard isn’t an insult, but I understand what prompts that kind of fearful reaction. Like the writer, I hope such hatred can become less dominant in our future.

-- Kaitlyn Dotson, Sacramento

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