Terrorism as a “Social Status”
After September 11, 2001, Muslims have been the targets of social discrimination due to the high belief that all Muslims are terrorists. That fateful day changed the way America perceived them, which increased animosity between those of Muslim faith and those who are not. Post 9/11, we as a country look at Muslims as people who are violent, evil, and that none practice what they preach. However on the other hand, we believe they all are radical Muslims, ready to create warfare with America. Why is this? After 9/11 from the attack of Al Qaeda terrorists, people simply put them in a generalized context. Al-Qaeda is a radical Muslim group, however, as a country, we set forth and put ALL Muslims in the same group, regardless of their real intentions in society or not. When we hear “bomb” or “terrorist” we immediately think in our head: Muslims. A big stereotype is that they all became America’s enemy. When we look at the disaster of 9/11, we see a strong radical group, who had a leader controlling them. They planned; they carried out, and succeeded. They’re competent, and know what they’re doing, and that was generalized into not only those at the cause of 9/11, but even Muslim-Americans, who work just as hard as anyone else in this country. Another stereotype for Muslims would be the fact that they are untrustworthy and violent. Socially speaking, Muslims always went through hardships in America, just because of their religion. However post 9/11 socially and statistically this became worse as the view of their real reasons and what they preach changed, and created more hate and anger towards them as a whole. The feeling that they are stronger because they are violent and know what their doing comes into play, and thus America’s attitude toward them has changed. Today, we see the change in attitude in the American government as well. After 9/11, Americans lost their right to privacy. Whereas we don’t want terrorism to occur...
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