September 11th, 2001: Generalization And Stereotypes Of Muslims

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On September 11th, 2001, 19 Iraqi hijackers forever altered the lives of millions of innocent muslims across the world. These hijackers compromised a total of four planes and guided each to hit a certain target. The world witnessed the World Trade Centers’ alarming collapse to the ground, and the side of the pentagon turn to dust. Estimated number of 3,000 Americans1 died on this day, resulting in the most wide-spread witch-hunt in history of mankind. Speaking on the night of the attack, President George W. Bush soothed his people who lived through one of the greatest tragedy in American history. Ostentatiously, he recruited all Americans to combat terrorism, but his quotation of Psalms 23:42 inadvertently excluded Muslim Americans out of the hunting squad, reinforcing them into the same side with the terrorists. The United States of America built itself on the principle of equal rights. However, contemporary man hunt for Muslims shows nothing but the contrary; Muslims are painted as terrorists and subject to constant attack by the government and the people. America, so called the land of the free, still fails to look beyond their narrowly stereotypical outlook.

To understand more about witch-hunts, we need not look further than Salvation by Langston Hughes and the The Ways We Lie by Stephanie Ericsson. Langston Hughes informs the audience about his childhood experience when he forcefully testified his encounter with Jesus. He states the power of “group thinking” by which he was psychologically forced to succumb to peer pressure. Likewise, many Americans are compelled to despise Muslims simply because the society tells them to do so. On September 5th, 2002, an innocent Arabian American was escorted out of the Westland Mall by security guards, one of whom started taunting the man. Security reinforcements immediately followed the lead, stating provocative statements that alluded to the 9/11 attack.3 Even though the Arabian American had not affected the lives of the officers in any way, they could not withstand the societal pressure to abuse the oppressed. The power of “group thinking” is the most effective fertilizer of witch-hunts because it coerces people to conform to the belief of the majority.

Stephanie Ericsson speaks to different ways in which humans deceit, hence the title, The Ways We Lie. Omission clearly stood out among the lies because the U.S government has used it to prevent protest against the witch-hunts in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the 1970’s, numerous Americans remonstrated against the Vietnam War as they observed the brutal warfare through their television screens.4 Since then, the U.S Government has not allowed portrayal of witch-hunts,...

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