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I Am Arabic, I Am An American!

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After many hours of dissecting my own thoughts and ideas about the terrorist acts against my country, the United States of America, I have decided that there is no right or wrong way to handle the situation. The fact is, something just has to be done. I have studied our involvement in World War II, but the attack on the World Trade Center has really affected me. I grew up with the idea that although German- and Japanese-American citizens are innocent, many of us still have stereotypes about them. Why? What is so hard for us to give up stereotypes? Will our society ever be able to accept people of every race and color?

On September 11, 2001, my life was interrupted when I heard the news of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. When I watched "Pearl Harbor," I remember thinking that I could never imagine living through such a tragedy. I could hardly believe that my country had ever experienced war on our own territory because to me the United States of America always seemed so perfect, nothing bad could ever happen. The news said Osama bin Laden was responsible, had funded the attack and had Arabs do his dirty work.

When I first heard that Arabs were bin Laden's accomplices I thought the newscasters were just stating any facts about the terrorists that they had. In religion class the day after the attack, the question, "What should we do with the Arab-American citizens?" was asked. I felt nauseated. What did that question mean, and why was it asked? My grandfather, "Shid-thie," is from Lebanon, an Arabic country. In fact, he fought for America in World War II. How could anyone question him? Then it hit...

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