AD Week 4 Critique
What do you think it was like for Islamic Americans after the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001? How did the Muslim community as a whole get stereotyped after this incident? Compare this to the absence of stereotyping after Timothy McVeigh, a white middle-aged man, detonated a truck bomb in front of the Oklahoma City federal building on April 19, 1995.
After the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, I think that the lives of Islamic Americans has been very tough. They got stereotyped as to pledging the same religion that Al-Qaeda use to justify/rationalize their crimes. That’s an unfortunate fact. Every time I see an Islamic women walking down the street wearing a hijab or culture clothing, I see that they always get funny looks or people just assumed they are terrorist. They have been singled out by airport security officers and that people had acted suspicious of them or called them offensive names. On that day, people grew hatred in their hearts against Muslims because they see them in the same way they saw the terrorists who committed that evil. Muslims have been ridiculed, told to "go back home" (even Muslims whose home is right here), been spat on, abused, beaten, murdered, and raped because they were associated with the terrorists simply because we they Muslim (even Sikhs who were mistaken for being Muslims were mistreated and murdered).
In comparison to Timothy McV case, he didn't subscribe to a religion that chanted death to America or Americans. He didn't do it in the name of religion. He also didn't spark an international community to plan more attacks. He didn't attack other major cities throughout the world. Al-Qaeda did. Most Americans didn't secretly support McV like Muslims secretly support terrorism. There were many Muslims that were happy we were attacked. Most of us were sad so many people died at 9/11.
All in all, I know that this event will never be forgotten. 9/11 was...
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