A date that has gone down infamously in America’s history is the tragic event that occurred on September 11, 2001. This date was a turning point in the world, and many changes could be seen, such as the addition of the TSA in airports and increased security. However, one of the lesser known effects was the sense of fear that was unconsciously instilled within our communities. Today, this fear is represented through our heightened awareness towards terrorism, and the increased distance we tend to place between ourselves and our fellow community members. While 9/11 was a day most noted for its horrific display of terror and the loss of many lives, it was also the day that we, as a nation, lost our sense of security and replaced it with a sense …show more content…
In fact, according to a study of attitudes towards Muslim Americans post 9/11, after 9/11 “the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported a 1,700 percent increase of hate crimes against Muslim Americans between 2000 to 2001” (Khan). While discrimination towards Muslim Americans existed before, after 9/11 the general public’s view of Muslim Americans rapidly declined and resulted in an increase in the Muslim-terrorist stereotype as well as many individuals having to face unwanted hostility. In a study on microaggressions directed towards Muslim Americans, a participant shared, “’A truck driver said to my mom, ‘Say hi to Osama,”’ presuming that because she was Muslim she was associated with terrorism (Nadal). While in another case, a participant described how because his name was Osama, his seventh grade teacher “accidentally” called him Osama bin Laden during attendance, “but [he knew] she was doing it on purpose [because] she kept doing it over and over” (Nadal). These subtle actions are forms of aggressions based out of contempt, hated, and fear towards Muslim Americans. Similarly, since 9/11, there has been an increase in the monitoring and surveillance of Muslim Americans. In a study on the emotional and behavioral responses Muslim Americans have to …show more content…
As a result, the media that cover these events dictate what and how they are shared. However, it only helps to feed our sense of fear towards terrorism as well as fuel the Muslim stereotype. In fact, according to a study on deconstructing the terrorism- news media relationship, “terrorists use media as a tool to gain increased coverage and communicate their message,” but sometimes the news does it for them (Ross). For example, in the UCLA shooting, where two men were killed in a murder-suicide, the news’ portrayal of the situation led many to believe that there were multiple attackers instead of just the one. While this may not directly convey terrorists’ message, it helps to spread unnecessary fear of terrorism in our communities. However, if we were to instead reach out to local mediums, like the news or paper, and spread basic information about Islam, it would possibly have the reverse effect and be a faster more effective way in changing the general public’s perception of Muslim Americans to be more
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According to an article on CNN, Muslims only make up less than one percent of the American population (Yan). This number can be surprising to many Americans because of what they see and hear on media. There are many misconceptions about Muslims in our society that is causing hate towards them. Through a personal story in Suzanne Barakat’s speech titled “Islamophobia killed my brother. Let’s end the hate” she effectively shows how bigotry against Muslims is a problem in society.
Before the terrible event of 9/11 many United States citizens could agree that they felt generally safe living in the U.S. People could live their lives and not worry about an attack against them or their love ones. Everyone was friendly and opened to each other because there was no fear. But, unfortunately the views of everyday living have changed as a result of the attacks on the United States. The continued threat of terrorism has affected the lives of Americans in negative ways. 9/11 has made a big impact and has effected U.S citizens for many reasons.
“The world changed on September 11, 2001. We learned that a threat that gathers on the other side of the earth could strike our own cities and kill our own citizens. It is an important lesson; one we can never forget. Oceans no longer protect America from the dangers of this world. We are protected by daily vigilance at home.
Harlow and Dundes (2004) surveyed 403 college students only weeks after the 9/11 attack and asked them about their thoughts on 9/11 in hopes of seeing how united they stood. Following the survey, researchers meet with two groups of students, one group was made of white students and the other of black students in an open discussion meeting. To ensure that everyone felt safe in their group, a black researcher was assigned to talk to the black students and a white researcher was assigned to talk to the white students. After talking with the two groups, the researchers found that there were many differences between the groups in terms of patriotism and their views of the terrorists. One main difference between the groups was that the white students took the attack much more personally than the black students.
For this reason, terrorist organizations like, ISIS, rely on the media to show their awful killings. In Douglas Kellnar's, " 9/11, Spectacles of Terror, and Media Manipulation: A Critique of Jihadist and Bush Media Politics," Kellnar discusses how the media aids terrorists groups by repeatedly showing the massacres that they commit. This was particularly true in the case of 9/11. These terrorist acts were the most documented event in history. The media constantly was burning images of planes hitting the twin towers and people jumping from burning buildings into their viewers brains.
In conclusion, the laws and regulations that have been passed as a result of the 9/11 attacks have been helpful to American society because they combat the threat of terrorism, punish those that would support terrorist acts, and unite the country as a response to terrorists. With them, America has overall been safer from terrorist attacks, foreign or homegrown. “...America has not experienced any further large-scale terrorist attacks. The colorful character of Osama bin Laden and the exotic world of Afghanistan have largely faded from the news”
Have you ever seen something so horrifying, so disheartening, that you couldn’t even bring yourself to look away? Well, that was most of the population on September 11, 2001. Most were absolutely stunned, not able to even process what they just witnessed. In “From Terror to Hope,” by Kristin Lewis, we learn about a young girl who witnessed the September 11 attacks. Not only were thousands of innocent lives taken on that day, but soon after, a certain religion called Islam was attacked.
The attack on the World Trade Centre September 11th, 2001 marked the change in global attitudes towards the Arabs and Muslim communities. What Evelyn Alsultany discusses is the new portrayal of Arabs and Muslims in the media by referencing popular television series like “24” and “Sleeper Cell” in addition to analyzing news reports since this major event. Before the Cold War, Arabs and Muslims were stereotyped as rich oil sheiks surrounded by opulence in an exotic land, whereas during the Cold War when the United States gained a considerable amount of geopolitical power, the generalizations gradually became darker and more focused on terrorism, violence, and the oppression of women. The theme that Alsultany is choosing to elaborate in her introduction
In the wake of 9/11, concerns about international terrorism permeated public political discourse in the UK, with the focus largely resting upon measures that could be taken to prevent similar attacks from occurring in Britain. The identity of the perpetrators of 9/11 as Muslims has had a significant negative impact on the British Muslims, who now are seen as a threat and have been identified as the key problem in the fight against terrorism home and abroad. For example, not long after 9/11, a former British Home Secretary, David Blunkett, accused impoverished and radicalized British Muslims of indulging of alleged segregation and of not speaking English at home. Certainly, the 9/11 attacks have had a significant influence on the implementation
September 11 left lasting effects on the citizens of the U.S. As George W. Bush told us, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of
By capitalizing on the presence of Islamophobia, politicians have been able to renew and grow radical nationalism. The use of entrapment and unnecessary surveillance has created an environment where the Muslim-minority can be easily targeted and identified as a threat through damaging rhetoric. The rate of anti-Muslim crime over the past two decades has risen exponentially, leaving many to have to fend for themselves and fight injustice in a society where their mere presence is considered threatening. Rhetoric framing the privileged majority as somehow under attack has allowed politicians to enter wars and maintain damaging military presence while justifying the acts, stating that they are necessary for national security. It is clear that until political rhetoric completely shifts away from its pattern of marginalization and Muslim-focused hate, Islamophobia will remain a painful element of western society, leaving many to suffer the consequences of acts completely unrelated to
" This is a very good idea because it will open up discussion about the problems radical Islam causes and how to fix them. It is better for people to know the truth about radical Islam and the numbers than to be fooled by unreliable news sources. Furthermore, fixing the economy will help solve many problems because working long hours at a tedious job and getting paid little makes it easier for a person to be involved in crime be it radical Islam or otherwise. Inbreeding is one of the major problems mentioned previously, and the only way to fix it is if Muslims realize it is unhealthy and harmful to their children and to themselves because of the struggle of raising a mentally handicapped child, which will stain economies of countries to which the immigrates migrate to. There are many problems which are upon the Muslim community and there is no easy solution, and it is confounding to think people can protest things that are not relevant or helpful for example feminists in Sweden burned the equivalent of 13 thousand US dollars to protest women 's pay inequality by wasting money .
This present obsession is tinged with negative signifiers with the overall media's overwhelmingly negative portrayal of Islam and Muslims, depicting Muslims generally as awful, over the top, intolerant, or as fan and terrorists. These examples demonstrate the hugeness of the topic, which has significance for various countries in Asia and Africa where Muslims can be found. F. A. Noor battled that "Muslim character and the stresses of Muslims are dynamically being portrayed similarly as an oppositional justification that pits Islam
When George W. Bush delivered his “Freedom at War with Fear” speech at the Congress on Sept 20th, 2001, America has just suffered from the single deadliest terrorist attack on US soil. Apart from the intention of establishing himself as a capable leader in times of crisis, Bush’s speech dealt primarily with how terrorism has trampled the very core of American values and how America should respond accordingly. Knowing that Americans were already raged about being attacked on their homeland (“our grief has turned to anger”) and the fact that many demanded actions (“and anger to resolution”), Bush’s general purposes was “strengthening commitment”; more specifically, to strengthen citizens’ and congressmen’s commitment to a long-term war on terror “until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated”. Throughout his speech, Bush extensively used common knowledge – universal beliefs and values shared by people of different cultural and religious background1 – to support his argument. He mentioned freedom, a value held highly by most Americans, thirteen times during the speech.