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Muslim Reality Show Premieres this Month

November 4, 2011, 10:28 am | Posted by Jess Brown

In July, we told you about neuroscientists’ discovery that stereotypes are a reflex controlled by our brains, and that humans can train their minds to neutralize that reflex by viewing positive media images of a group against which they hold biases.

As part of that story, Daniel Tutt, backed by science and a strong political conviction toward positive change, made a bold call to action: “More nuanced Muslim characters that go beyond the stereotypical frames are a good start, yet neuroscience shows that we need significantly more positive and multidimensional content to effectively reduce prejudice.”

That same month, we were excited to learn about one such example of positive Muslim imagery in the planned TLC show, “All-American Muslim”, that would follow a diverse group of five Muslim-American families in Dearborn, Michigan.

The planned show has now become reality, and trailers are up for the November 13th premiere on TLC.

While other reality shows often come under fire for playing to the worst stereotypes of different groups of people, here’s hoping that “All-American Muslim” succeeds in breaking down barriers and helps to change the negative perceptions of Muslim Americans.

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