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Muslims And The Discrimination That Came After 9/11

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Since the September 11 attacks, numerous Americans have labeled Muslims in the United States as a risk to our country due to the fact that they share their religion with the extremists responsible for worldwide terrorism. Muslim that live in America continue to face isolation and danger because of their faith. Many people are responsible for this labeling, including journalists, politicians, and religious fanatics. Those mainly responsible for giving Muslims in America a modern day scarlet letter are the extremists themselves.
Following the 9/11 attacks, classmates, employers, and to a certain level the US government have shown bias against the Muslim religion. Muslims working in the US ...view middle of the document...

d.). Muslims in the US are also facing danger from ordinary US citizens. There have been shootings, slurs, fire bombings, vandalism and other acts of violence directed at businesses owned by Muslims, individuals and mosques. In one case, a car crashed through the entrance of a mosque. Muslims wearing traditional garments tend to draw stares and odd looks. The revenge-seeking citizens have killed several Muslims and people mistaken for Muslims (O'Driscoll, 2001). These types of acts have produced an environment of uneasiness and fear in the Muslim community.
Several people are accountable for this labeling, including journalists, politicians, religious groups and the extremists themselves. Stereotypes also bring about an intimidating image of Muslims. Journalists can bring their opinions to the society through magazines, TV stations and newspapers. They aid in the shaping of people’s opinions and have aided the spread of the image of Islam as a threat. When Osama’s extremists attacked the US, the public was astonished and wanted to know why. Politicians and journalists immediately attempted to report to the public and to come up with various reasons. The journalists and politicos assumed that Islamic extremists hated Americans because of our existence, our democracy and our values. The community appeared to have taken this to heart and since Islam is at the heart of the extremist’s actions, the public came to think of Islam as an anti-American death cult instead of a large and well-cultured religion although none of these “reasons” were true. In Osama Bin Laden’s statements and head hijacker Atta’s suicide notes, it was evident to see that the extremists recognized three reasons for their attacks. The first one was our involvement in Iraq. Following the first Gulf War, the US enforced a policy of containment that supposedly killed thousands of Iraqi children a year. When Secretary of State Albright was asked about the consequences of the policy, she responded, “Yes it’s tough, but it’s worth it.” That statement enraged the entire Muslim world. It portrayed the memo that...

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