Terror and Lies: September 11, 2001
The words scribbled on a piece of paper by Connecticut resident Randy Scott the morning of the September 11, 2001 tragedy read, “84th Floor west office 12 people trapped.” These were Scott’s last words, but the note survived the collapse of the World Trade Center. Ten years after 9/11, DNA testing confirmed the blood on the note belonged to Randy Scott, and New York City Medical Examiners tracked down the Scott family. When Scott’s wife saw the note, she recognized her husband’s handwriting even without the DNA confirmation. Many pieces of paper were found amongst the ruins of the World Trade Center, but none quite captured the horror of the event as effectively as this one (“9/11 Note”). September 11, 2001 is a day that will never be forgotten. Loved ones were lost and buildings were destroyed, as a sense of terror struck the nation. This chilling event brought great controversy over the role that racism, religion, and politics played in one of the most violent attacks on American territory. As the story unfolded, it became evident that the terrorists were Muslim. Security heightened; anyone who looked Arabic was questioned. The question arose: Do you see Muslims and immediately expect the worst? 9/11 molded an image of Arabs into the minds of Americans as “anti-Muslim” became a popular phrase. Violence was equated with Muslims and Arabs in the eyes of many Americans who came to “see the face of terror as a Muslim face.” The uprisings of the Western populations damaged the self-esteem of Muslims and made them feel inferior. Many Muslims were “complaining of employment discrimination from co-workers calling them ‘terrorist’ or ‘Osama’ to employers barring them from wearing head scarves or taking prayer breaks.” In September of 2010, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C) filed a case against Abercrombie and Fitch for discriminating against and not hiring an 18-year-old Muslim female because she was...
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