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America's New War Essay

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America's New War

The events of September 11th, 2001 will influence the lives of American's for years to come. Some American's will never fly on a commercial airliner again while others feel unsafe in their usual daily routine. Our country has felt a mix of emotions as the war on terrorism begins to unfold across the globe in Afghanistan. Yet I believe that a war on ignorance is about to unfold on our own soil. After the attacks the national news reports were filled with stories about Americans of Middle Eastern decent being targets for hat crimes and unnecessary violence. At this point in time, Americans of every gender, race and religion need to focus on who are nations true enemies are.

The attacks on America left me with a mix of emotions and unanswerable questions. I went to sleep on September 11th feeling unsettled. However in the days to follow I felt angered watching the news reports about how ignorant American's had been acting towards citizens of Middle Eastern descent. One news report that I recall vividly was about a West Bloomfield restaurant. Someone had claimed that when the news began to show actual pictures of the attacks on the World Trade Center customers and staff began to cheer. The story escalated and numerous rumors circulated the community and within a few days the Middle Eastern restaurant had little to no business. The owner was on the news stating that there were no celebrations within his restaurant and he wanted to show the surveillance videos from that day to show the city that this was all a lie. What I find even more frustrating is the ignorance that U.S. Representative John Cooksey displayed by his comments about Muslims and Arab Americans after the terrioist attacks. Cooksey stated to a network of Louisiana radio stations that "If I see someone (who) comes in that's got a diaper on his head and a fan belt wrapped around the diaper on his head, that guy need to be pulled over". Cooksey is a representative of his constituents in Louisiana. His job is to represent the ideas and opinions of thousands of Americans. With this quote he is saying that racial profiling is not only acceptable but should be expected in America since the attacks. A man in a position such as Cooksey should be aware of the problems that racial profiling can cause and not encourage these acts. American children learn about history so that the mistakes of the past will not be repeated. I do not understand why an educated politician would want our country to act in the same way we did after the Pearl Harbor attack toward Japanese-Americans. In the time following the tragic attacks, I have seen newspapers and magazines explain the Muslim religion and look at the differences between the numerous backgrounds that many uneducated Americans classify as plainly "Arabs". It was encouraging to see that the media is trying to help educated people who do not know the difference between a Muslim person and a Sheik. I hope that these educational...

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