The Other Side of 9/11
Recently America celebrated the anniversary of 9/11: a tragedy that still to this day, leaves people speechless. September 11, 2001, was one of the very rare days that the nation stopped and united together through the horrific event. An event that greatly affected and still affects Americans today. All people of different ages, colors, backgrounds and stories, uniting as one like the unity of stitches in a cloth creating the symbolic red and white stripes with blue and white stars. But among the socalled unity, they were targeting their own: MuslimAmericans. MuslimAmericans as well as many others who plainly “look Muslim” have been widely targeted group of individuals post the terrorist attack of 9/11. Between the so called “witchhunts” for those who were responsible for the attacks and verbal abuse, a person would only imagine the feeling of Elizabeth and John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s: The Crucible (Source E). Following the 9/11 attack, the FBI reported a 1700% increase in hate crimes against MuslimAmericans between 20002001 (Source C). In one of many horrific incidents, an innocent man named Balbir Singh Sodhi was shot and killed by Frank Roque, who stated he wanted to “kill a Muslim” in response to the terror attacks (Source D). In a study by the students of Alliant University, there were situations when some feared and made it known they were not comfortable boarding a plane with MuslimAmericans. But those negative feelings were never exactly made toward the Muslims themselves. (Source C). Meanwhile in another study performed by the Public Religion Research Institute found that nearly half of all Americans believe Islamic values are incompatible with those values of Americans. The same percentage also were found to be uncomfortable with the idea of a mosque being built in their neighborhoods. An additional fortyone percent was found to be extremely uncomfortable if a teacher was Muslim at an elementary school (Source...
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