Stereotyping Muslims is Terrorism

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This all started on September 11, 2001 when 4 airplanes were hijacked. Two crashing into the twin towers, one into the Pentagon, and one into a field that was either heading towards the White House or the Capitol. A total of nineteen terrorists from Middle East, who were a part of a terrorist group known as al-Qaeda led by Osama Bin Laden, were involved in this attack. Killing almost 3,000 people and destroying some of America’s most known buildings left Americans hurt, scarred, and afraid. Since September 11, 2001, Muslims have been stereotyped as terrorists on daily basis and especially on every September 11th after the attack and while Americans fear Muslims, Muslims fear Americans. When this tragic event happened, I was a 6 year old girl living in Slovakia. Living with my mother and an older sister, while my father lived in the United States, made us turn on the TV and watch the news. I was only 6 so I didn’t really understand what was going but I knew that my father was pretty close to where this happened and it made me worried. I was so angry with the Muslims because it was my dream to go New York City and visit the World Trade Center. Without even wanting to know how other Muslims felt about this and not living near any Muslims at that time, I disliked them. At the age of 11, I moved to United States. This was my first time around Muslims and I felt fear just because of what I remember happened on September 11th. Soon I realized I was completely wrong and that my judgment was so vicious. Just because someone was Muslim neve...

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...ca this way shouldn’t reflect on every single Middle Eastern. While Americans are afraid to sit next to Muslims, Muslims are afraid to sit next to Americans. It’s been 12 years and they are most likely tired of being judged and discriminated against. It’s time for America to end this chapter of hatred and move on. Stereotyping is terrorism.

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