The way we view racial groups is greatly influenced by the events that involve or surround that race. If the event surrounding a race is negative, then our views of that race will also become negative, this is no different for Muslim Americans. In Ferguson’s article “Muslims in America”, it talks about how Americans despise and discriminate against Muslim Americans, they make all these assumptions about their background and religion and yet they don’t know a single thing about Muslims themselves. Sociologist C.Wright Mills introduces the idea that we are able to “grasp the connection between history and biography, he called it the sociological imagination (Henslin, 2014, p.2). What Mills is saying is that the area that we grew up and the events …show more content…
Before the events of 9/11 and the London Suicide Bombings, Americans had a very neutral view of Muslims, they didn’t despise them nor did they discriminate against them. The media rarely mentioned them and they were never suspected of committing any terrorist attacks. However after those events occurred, Muslims have become a scapegoat for America. Whenever something terrible happens like a shooting or bombing, people start to blame Muslims and groups like the Al Qaeda. In 2001, the year 9/11 happened, there was a 1,600 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes, and in 2005 and 2006, the number increased ten percent (Ferguson, 2012, p.519). While Americans have all these negative views of Muslims, they don’t know anything about them. According to Ferguson, “Muslims are diverse, well-integrated, and largely mainstream in their attitudes, values and behaviors (p.520). Ferguson also claims that Muslims are share the same political views as Americans. He says that like a majority of Americans, they oppose gay marriage, favor increased government spending to help the poor, and disapprove of President Bush’s performance (p.522). It’s clear that Muslims have assimilated nicely into …show more content…
In my family, racism was never a problem for us. It was something that my family never talked about, they didn’t have any prejudice views towards any race which is great. But for me, when I was growing up, because of the fact that they never talked about that stuff, nor did they teach me anything about it, I didn’t really know much about things like social inequality, discrimination etc. But the reason that I started to view Muslims in a negative way was because of my social location. Growing up in a middle class neighborhood and attending normal public schools, a lot of the kids that I spent my time with had shaped my views of Muslims. During recess and lunch breaks, a lot of non-Muslim kids would tease other Muslim kids by calling them a terrorist and saying things like “he’s going to put a bomb in the classroom” or “I don’t want to make you mad because I don’t want you blow me up”, basically a lot of bomb jokes. At first my friends and I didn’t join in on the teasing and I’m sure that there were other kids besides us who didn’t either, but when my friends started joining in on the teasing, I decided to join in as well. I only wanted to fit in with everyone else, I wanted to be socially integrated with the group. Before meeting these kids, I didn’t know too much about Muslims at the time, nor did I know much about 9/11 and the London Suicide Bombings except for the fact that a
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After 9/11 happened things changed drastically for specifically Muslim people. Anyone who looked similar to a “terrorist” was categorized as a terrorist, which is something that should not be assumed and should not be taken lightly by anyone. Many Muslims were scared for their lives and did not want to partake in their traditional values, such as wearing a headscarf because they did not want to be confronted by anyone. People also chose to change their names because when people would hear the name “Mohammed” people were very quick to judge who you were and would treat you very different. A study shows that in 2001 after 9/11 a record high 481 hate crimes against Muslims happened, and they were ranging from Muslim’s being murdered,
Sometimes people blamed others, because they disliked them. In Today’s world, in the U.S., people feel a sort of discomfort being around Muslims, and Islamics. This commenced after 9/11 where groups of Muslims hijacked 3 planes and flew them into the Twin Towers in New York. This
One reason to why Arabs and Muslims are being dehumanized is because of 9/11. Nour Sami Kteily, assistant professor of management and organizations at Northwestern University says, “When people feel like their group is coming under attack from another group … it may increase the blatant levels of dehumanization. " What he is talking about is the attacks of 9/11. Muslims were to blame for this attack, so now some people think that all Muslims are bad. In reality only a tiny percentage of Muslims are extreme like Al-Qaeda.
Not all Muslims are terrorists, and today, people say they are terrorists because they are afraid. Republican Donald Trump further emphasizes that America should be aware of muslims and since he has an authoritative position in the society, people listen to him. No one should have to live in fear of being accused for something they did not do, but we can all hope that one day the world sees us as humans with rights and
There are many fake assumptions that people from the US assume about muslim people. People think since one person did something bad that everyone of that religion is the same. Now muslim people can have a harder time getting onto planes because they now have to deal with stereotypes caused by events like 911. Altho some muslims can fit under those assumptions, it doesn 't mean that every muslim does. Not all americans make this assumption either.
Disagreement over oil and politics caused tension, bubbling and waiting to burst for years. But what really set it off was the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Hatred skyrocketed, and the FBI reported a 1600% increase in hate crime against Muslims the year following 9/11. The Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee confirmed over 700 hate crimes within the 9 weeks after the tragedy. Ever since 9/11 young Muslims have grown up with discrimination.
Americans who have been in this country for decades are being persecuted from the actions of right winged extremist terrorist groups. 54% of Republicans, 27% of Democrats, and 40% of Independents in the U.S feel unfavorably toward Islam practicing citizens (US Senate). Children of these Americans are being bullied and harassed. In a poll taken by Pew Research Center there is an increase of domestic hate groups. To date, there have been over 800 or more incidents of vandalism, arson, violence, and threats toward Muslim Americans (US Senate).
I was 10 years old when Osama Bin Laden was killed. We didn’t know what he did or who he was but attached to his name was the word Muslim. Muslim and terrorist. Once again they were together and once again they were portrayed in a light that distorted their features turning them into something ghastly, something to be afraid of. So when my friends made jokes
I will discuss the institutional racism the Muslim and black community face in American society. Bringing awareness to instituional racism is crucial, because this will shine light on the issue of race in instituions that are ignored and swept under the rug. Institunal racism is often ignored by society, because
Muslims, along with Middle Eastern people, should not be discriminated against simply because of an incident involving people of the same ethnic and religious backgrounds. Jennifer Christensen, an expert on this topic, stated that “The problem is not religion, but how certain people misuse it. A small group of political leaders just happen to practice Islam have terrorized the world with their violence” (Christensen 6). Also, there is substantial evidence which shows how the police seem to be singling out Muslims by robbing them of their civil liberties. An uncovered story involving the New York Police Department relates to this.
Conservative bigots, extremist, and the American media, targets Muslims as terroist, but are not hesistant to manipulate Black, White, Asian, or Hispanic crime as acts of terrorism. Goal Auzeen Saedi, a contributor to the Millienial Media Blog, mentions that after the 9/11 attacks, “… the FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] reported a 1600% increase in hate crimes against [Muslims].” Needless to say, these crimes were not reported by the media as acts of terroism as well, but were only considered by the American public as hate crimes. Furthermore, during the 2012 mass movie theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes, the White male who killed 12 innocent Americans while injuring 70, received news headlines categorizing Holmes and his actions from sources such as Fox News, and CNN as mass murder, gunman, psycho killer, happy boy, and his actions: massacre. Even though these descriptions are malicious, they do not provoke the same fear to Americans as descriptions such as terroism, terroist, and Muslim—all of these terms are terrifying to the American
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]
Ignorance is bliss and when it comes to prejudice that famous saying is profound. As a Muslim I try my best to educate any Non-Muslims whenever the topic of Islam comes up. Ignorance is our biggest enemy and the Muslims of the world need to make it their job to educate those around them in an attempt to remove any assumptions people have as a result of watching the