In a recent episode of Showtime series Homeland, former CIA officer Carrie Matheson is escorted into a Syrian refugee camp. Amidst the rubble and wreckage, many of the walls were covered with graffiti. What was missed by most of those watching - as well as the producers - was literally the writing on the wall: Which apparently says "Homeland is Racist" in Arabic. Like many people who watch the show, I have distinctly mixed feelings about Homeland. Its plots seem to veer between tightly written, edge-of-your seat excitement - and ridiculous tropes. What is definitely true, is the fact that shows like Homeland (along with 24 and many others) play upon our fears and prejudices about the middle east, and about Islam in general. Claire Danes as a single white face amid a sea of black burkhas.