The post 9/11 atmosphere also created fear among American Muslims. They feel that even though they had nothing to do with those involved with the terrorism, they are being targeted and profiled by government agencies. This perception has been heightened by the detention of thousands of Muslims without being charged for over six months for special immigration reporting requirements for the citizens of some Muslim Countries, mass deportation of Muslims due to immigration issues, and special scrutiny at airport security checks. The changed environment can be observed at any social gathering where Muslims clam up, even among acquaintances, whenever and wherever a political topic concerning Muslims, terrorism and the Middle East comes up for discussion.
Immediately after the 9/11 attack, individuals who appeared Middle Eastern or had Arabic or Islamic sounding names became the scapegoat of Americans’ anger and vengeance. Balbir Singh Sondhi was the first v...
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...ord, hid all evidence that could prove her an Arab-American, did not develop new relationship for the fear that the person could be a gun owner, started a blog in her attempt to be a voice of change, learned how to be invisible and stopped doing anything that had to do with Islam, stopped talking about Islam altogether, felt safe if no one noticed her identity or color, chose to defend Islam and educate rather than deny and watched her kids closely when they were playing and prayed for world peace.
It is evident from the case above that 9/11 not just disrupted the life of Muslims in America but distressed them terribly and gave a terrible blow to their self confidence. They could not publicly reveal their identity for the fear or racial profiling and segregation. They lived a life of utter lack of self confidence and felt anguished about their culture and religion.
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