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1942 Michigan Court Case Study

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The discriminatory acts of public officials towards early Muslims immigrants can be seen, in many court cases, one in particular being the 1942 Michigan court case. A Yemeni man named, Ahmed Hassan was denied citizenship due to his dark toned skin and it was asserted, “…that Arabs "are part of the Mohammedan world ... and a wide gulf separates their culture from the predominantly Christian peoples of Europe” (Burke). Muslim communities argued back a counterclaim stating, “By that logic…Jesus himself could not be an American citizen” (Burke). This wasn’t enough persuasion and credibility to the judge, conclusively denying citizenship to Hassan. Through the years of 1917 to 1924 more laws were passed making it extremely rigorous for Middle Eastern and Asian immigrants to become American Citizens. Finally in 1964 nonwhites were given the right to defend their liberties and become a legal citizen of the United States. But, the labeling of Muslims…show more content…
A series of four terrorist attacks organized by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda targeted the United States. Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, the third hit the Pentagon and fourth crashed in Pennsylvania on to a field. Over 3,000 people were killed along with more than 400 police officers and firefighters. It marks a treacherous day in history as it left many heartbroken and others fearful of a faith. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks the American people began to invest great trust within the Federal Government, seeking protection. After some time the mourning of the people began to transform to anger of the potential influence behind the attacks. Islam. Hate groups began to rise, quoting lines from the Quran and defining the entire faith as a threat to the nation. Although close to 60 Muslims got killed in the 9/11 attacks this event began to be seen as Muslims vs. Non-Muslims. This then made the attacks a scapegoat to hate crimes done towards
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