/11 changed the way of American life. Many lives were lost due to the awful attack, but unfortunately many Arab and Muslim Americans had to pay for the cost. Post 9/11 is a continuous struggle for many Muslim Americans. Due to 9/11 many Muslims face discrimination, racial prejudice, and hate crimes. All throughout our history, hate crimes were targeted towards minority groups, such as: African Americans, Latinos, Italians, Irish, Germans, and Asians; today, hate crimes are targeted towards Muslims. Prior to 9/11 Muslim Americans faced little to zero discrimination in the US because of their race or religion. Muslim Americans are targeted and stereotyped against. In the years 2001-2003 the number of hate crimes throughout the Muslim community
Images of Muslims are constantly recycling in American culture, whether accurate or neutral, images of Muslims presented in mainstream media and cultural forms are usually tied to terrorism. Although they existed before, stereotypes have emerged since 9/11. The reaction to them has increased, they are seen in movies, news media, political debates, and it distorts the way every Muslim is now seen. Peter Morey and Amina Yaqin in Framing Muslims: Stereotyping and representation after 9/11, suggest that Muslims tend to always appear as a problematic presence whenever they are represented. Stereotyping fixes certain characteristics, Muslims are now stigmatized as a threatening to society.
September 11th, 2001. A very memorable date to residents in America. A day in which that many loved ones were killed and a day that started the targeting of Muslims for racial slurs, discrimination, and racial profiling. Americans prior bias towards Muslim terrorist groups had occurred from the event of 9/11, their biases were based on the emotion towards the event, the threats from the groups even now that the whole world faces, and more events involving Muslim terrorist groups that America has witnessed and faced.
Although the September 11th attacks did cause chaos and division directly after they occurred, the attacks led to a more militarily and culturally unified United States today. After the attacks, the nation was scared and confused as to how they occurred; the terrorists could have been anywhere and there was no set plan or idea of how to figure out who they were. Today, the culprits, Al Qaeda and ISIS, are well-known and our military is quickly figuring out how to deal with these terrorist organizations. Culturally, immigration and tourism to America was affected, as well as air travel, government, and even how American citizens saw their government and the world.
American Identity Our world has seen many events that have shaped our country today. From wars in Iraq, to WW1 and WW2, to ISIS bombings. People have their own opinion on what they think shaped this country, but I believe it is the attacks on our beloved country. These attacks are what has shaped our country how it is today.
One of the biggest issues in our country today is terrorism. Many Americans are surrounded by fear of potential attacks and many more have ideas and perceptions of Muslims rooted in their mind. Yet these thoughts play a major role in racism and islamophobia, thoughts that could contribute to more terrorism, and more harmful impacts on our Muslim brothers and sisters. Muslim communities have been under intense surveillance, mapping and identifying neighborhoods where many Muslims preside. Kamalakar Duvvuru, who teaches the New Testament in India, says, “In 2007 the Los Angeles Police Department [LAPD] launched an extensive mapping program to identify Muslim enclaves across the city.
Victimization After 9/11 Unexpected and eye opener was the tragic event of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. Being an unexpected event it proved to the United States that it’s border control and protection were not at it’s best level of skills. Not only did it create awareness in politics but also in the society. The fear this attack created led to generalizations and stereotypes of people from the Middle East or people that simply appeared to be Muslim. These generalizations and stereotypes eventually navigated and made their way through schools and young minds, causing many limitations, struggles, and depression to those being targeted.
Perhaps one of the most known attacks by the Islamic faith is the 9-11 catastrophe. More than 3,000 people died that day. Motivations for the Islamic extremists to kill was the claim of Muslims being oppressed. In Osama Bin Laden 's "Letter to America", he openly stated that Al-Qaeda 's motives for their attacks include: United States supporting attacks on Muslims in Somalia, supporting Russian killing Muslims in Chechnya, supporting the Indian oppression against Muslims in Kashmir, the Jewish hostility towards Muslims in Lebanon, and the US support of Israel. Al- Qaeda called all Muslims to stand and kill Americans and defend their people.
America became a nation who questioned the intentions of every Middle Eastern person. Today, there are Middle Eastern men and women who are pulled over for “suspicious activity.” Some people will even walk a little faster or in a different direction when a Muslim walks down the street. September 11, 2001 will remain the day when children became orphans and parents became childless. As those giant towers collapsed, so did our sense of security and the “safest place on Earth” became a home of fear.
Following the 9-11 attacks, on September 17th 2001, President George.W.Bush confirmed to America and the watching world Osama Bin Laden the,dictator and ruler of the terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda was the plotting mastermind behind these vicious attacks. The President made a history defining speech on November 10, 2001, declaring a Global “War on Terror”, which in turn highlights the overall large scale significance of 9-11, and furthermore highlighting the renewed stance and direction US Domestic and Foreign Policy was taking as well as an unprecedented Presidential phase within US Politics and Government, in the wake of these terror attacks. Furthermore the significance of 9-11 was evidenced in Bush’s speech in which he articulated, “we
On an early morning, three thousand people started their seemly normal day by filling out paperwork on their desk in the World Trade Center or making a quick coffee run three blocks over. The thought of their death never crossed their mind until an explosion rattled surrounding buildings and their lives. With four airplanes and nineteen hijackers, Al Qaeda targeted American soil with the intention of a gruesome war. The fall of the twin towers shocked the nation into a point of prejudice and anxiety. Due to the attacks on September 9, 2001, the United States deals with long lasting effects such as anti-Islamic hate crimes, shape of the new generation, and civil privacy issues.
The overall increase in Muslim hate crime is tremendous. Media and surveys show that muslims are feared and distrusted, and many communities have complained they do not want any Mosques in their neighborhood. People in office positions have claimed they believe mosques are controlled by Islamic Extremists. Although muslims receive an excessive amount of hate, immigrant citizens do as well.
The attacks on September 11th have had a profound impact on the nation and the world. There was short term and long term effects. After September 11th, the United States was filled with new found racism. Also, citizens became more worried and many people experience loss. First of all, the United States was filled with new found racism after September 11th.
After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and the more recent attack in Paris, Arab Muslims have faced racial prejudice and religious persecution. There are many non-Muslims who falsely accuse all Muslims of being terrorists and some take action against them. Last year, three Muslim UNC Chapel Hill students were killed in an apartment and a threat was sent to Virginia Tech, stating “I will be here 11/11/2015 to kill all Muslims.” Because of this antagonism against them, Muslims in America are becoming increasingly afraid for their wellbeing. Dean Obeidallah wrote the article, “Are All Terrorists Muslims?