After the attacks of 9/11, many blamed the whole religion of Islam for the attacks and scapegoating of millions of Muslims worldwide who wish to cause no harm. Muslims across the nation were immediately looked down upon and some even saw themselves being watched by the American government. After the attacks of 9/11, Middle Easterners and the Islamic faith were heavily scrutinized by Americans This resulted in stereotyping to Middle easterners and Islam as a religion. America was essentially experiencing a rise in Islamophobia.
To begin with, Islamophobia is the fear, hatred of, or prejudice against, the Islamic religion or Muslims generally, especially when seen as a geopolitical force or the source of terrorism. Since one of the worst days our country has had, September 11th, 2001. Muslims live with discomfort and fear to be harassed or assaulted just for practicing a religion which is everyone’s freedom in America.
Many don’t understand the religion of Islam and compare all muslims with the terrorist of 9/11. Islamophobia has increased drastically which results in many anti-islamic attitudes. “Anti-Muslim hate crimes are approximately five times more frequent than they were before 2001, according to the FBI.” ( Frumin, 1) The rise in Islamophobia and Anti-Islam hate crimes has reached an all time high these last few years, and this results in nothing but more Islamophobia and Muslims fearing their lives.
“Many of these anti-Islamic attitudes showcases people acting in physical and psychological harm. Many Muslims are often in fear for their lives. The threats of burning copies of the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11.” (Brooklier, 1). As many of us worldwide have seen hatred or rebellious acts many consist of burning a flag, some threaten to burn the scripture of the Islam religion, The Koran. This sends a very negative and threatening message towards members of the religion and bringing fear and sadness to their families. The reputation of Islam has been heavily impacted by the terrorist acts of 9/11 and all negative reactions, threats and accusations to Muslims.
Till this day, Muslims in the middle east as well as Arabs in the Americas still fear for their lives and families as their home countries have been invaded by The United States and Allies. Since the day of the attacks many have been falsely imprisoned and interviewed.
Although Many believe the terrible Attack of 9/11 had one positive impact on America as nation bring it us closer together seeing all the people that risked their own life in attempt to rescue others during the most unexpected times. However this ties in with the people that have assaulted innocent Arabs or muslims in attempt to defend their country, or pride. Many scholars believe that the violent backlash against American Muslims is driven not only by the string of terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States, but also by the political arguments from President Donald J. Trump, who called for a ban on immigration on Muslims and a national registry of Muslims in the United States. Comment by Colton Parker (Student): need more quotes
“We’re seeing these stereotypes and derogative statements become part of the political discourse,” said Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at the San Bernardino campus. “The bottom line is we’re talking about a significant increase in these types of hate crimes.” (Lichtblau, 1) We should not have the ability and sympathy to ban a whole race of a billion or more people just based off what they chose to believe in spiritually and how they chose to practice their beliefs. “The heightened rhetoric has exposed an alarming trend that has developed since 9/11 — Muslims are constantly and consistently cast as somehow un-American because of their faith.” (Frumin) If practicing their beliefs has no impact on others, there should be no logical reason to ban these people.
Finally, The Islam religion reputation has heavily been impacted by members of extremist group like Al-Qaeda’ , led by Osama Bin Laden. Due to the attacks like the terrible attacks of september 11th, 2001, as well as threats from the middle eastern groups like ISIS. These groups are the ones who give the negative reputation to Islam. Many are blind to see that there are millions of muslims that wish no harm, and nothing but peace and love. Therefore many are fast to assume all muslims have a hate towards others and this results in the racism and stereotyping we have today.