Stereotypes and Hate of Arabs in America Since September 11, 2001

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September 11, 2001 was one of the most horrific and historic events of all time. It has made the American citizens stereotype Muslims and those Arabs who appear to be Muslims in America. Those innocent Arabs are being “punished” because of the terrorist groups that are against America and what we stand for. In America, they are no longer looked at the same way; they are all looked at like terrorists and horrible people. The events of 9/11 have created hatred, fear, discrimination and Americans have begun racial profiling because of the Arabs who participated in the attacks. Arabs in America are no longer treated as normal American citizens because many stereotype them to be just like those terrorists who attacked America. The hatred for Arabs began immediately after America became aware of who participated in the attacks. Even a year after the attacks, the Justice Department was still aiming their attention on those from the Middle East and South Asia. As if being interrogated isn’t bad enough, they were also incarcerated and deported for just being their skin color. It was even reported that by November 5, 2001, the Immigration and Naturalization Service had detained 1,182 people and was still continuing to do so (Hassan). According to American-Islamic Relations, published in April following the attacks, suggests that around 60,000 Arabs were disturbed by the government’s hate and discrimination against them (Cainkar). Many might think that the fear and hatred would go away after some time, but that’s clearly not the case. Many Arabs are still being judged from an event that happened almost eleven years ago. Hate crimes against Arabs became increasingly common soon after the September 11th attacks. In Chicago alone, there were over 100 hate crimes reported only three months later. Even more frightening, just seven days later there were 645 hate crime incidents

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