Orientalism is basically, the negative thought of people’s of the Middle and Near East. Given the name “Oriental” or “other” sets them apart from the superior West. Through Europe’s many years of dominance in this part of the world, we have seen years and years of racism against these people, and it really has sprouted again recently
We have all heard our President refer to our global pandemic as the “Chinese Virus.” This gives leeway to the now many xenophobic ideas in the country today. Hotlines have been set up in order to stop these, but that hasn’t helped all that much.
These ideas have stemmed from the numerous years of the theory of Orientalism. Right away being given the name “other” already sets you apart from the rest of the world, and we are seeing this manifest today in every day life. By having our President refer to it as he did, he gives others grounds to do the same and make irrational claims about a country as a whole.