Post 9/11 Discrimination Has To End

How Were Muslims Treated Differently After 9/11?

What Is 9/11?

On September 11th 2001, a group of Al-Qaeda Islamic extremist hijacked four airplanes and carried out a series of terrorist attacks on America. Two hijacked planes were flown into the Twin Towers in New York. Another plane was flown into the Pentagon in Washington D.C, and the last plane lost course and crashed in a field in Pennsylvania ( Staff). Many Americans were left in terror and shock after 9/11, More than 400 firefighters and police officers lost their lives. 9/11 not only caused over 3,000 deaths but it also triggered a series of hate-crimes towards Muslim-Americans.

Who Are Al-Qaeda Extremist? How Do They Relate To Muslim-Americans?

The attacks on America had many different factors into why they were carried out. CNN Reports says the reason behind the attacks was America’s heavy military presence in the Middle East. The Anti-Defamation League gives a very trait forward explanation of Al-Qaeda’s purpose: “Al Qaeda seeks to expel Westerners, specifically Americans, from historically Muslim lands, such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia and North Africa” (ADL Archive). Because of Al-Qaeda's middle eastern affiliates many Muslim's in America were seen as terrorist. Al-Qaeda Extremist and Muslim Americans have no affiliation at all but that has not stopped Americans from condemning and criticizing Muslims.

Treatment of Muslims Post 9/11

An Intelligence Report by the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that hate crimes towards Muslims sky rocketed in the year of 2001. They said “It was the highest level of anti-Muslim hate crimes since 2001, the year of the Sept. 11 attacks, when the FBI reported 481 anti-Muslim hate crimes” (Southern Poverty Law).

Rais Bhuiyan

Days after 9/11 there were many Muslims who were targeted for hate-crimes. One Anti-Muslim hate crime story brings us to a man named Rais Bhuiyan. Days after 9/11 Bhuiyan was working his shift at a gas station in Dallas when a man named Mark Stroman walked in equipped with a double-barrel shotgun. Stroman proceeded to ask Bhuiyan where he was from. Once Rais Bhuiyan spoke Mark Stroman pulled the trigger shooting Bhuiyan in the face (Mooney). Rais Bhuiyan is very lucky to still be alive today but this is only one of the many tragic stories.

How Does This Relate To The Crucible?

Blaming a a group of people for a select few's choices is a present theme in The Crucible and the discrimination towards Muslims after 9/11. In The Crucible the girls were the main ones to blame but Characters in the story wanted to also string in other victims with spectral evidence. The post 9/11 hate crimes had Muslims and people from the middle east labeled as terrorist because of the actions of Al-Qaeda in 2001. The actions carried out by one small group should not be held against a larger group with no affiliation.

Fear In America and Salem

The sad thing about The Crucible trials was that there was little to no evidence brought with accusations. The same is applied for hate-crimes. Muslim-Americans can not change being from the middle east or having descent from the middle east, so how is it just for them to be targeted? It is because the people of America and the people of Salem were in fear. When fear is instilled in people they tend to act very irrationally, we see examples of this in both situations. Fear in The Crucible made others put the blame on innocent people of Salem as we see in the Crucible: " "I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil... I saw Goody Booth with the Devil" (Miller 48). This quote shoes significance because the fear over took Abigail and made her put blame on others to save her self. This correlates to the Discrimination against Muslims because the citizens of America were looking for someone else to blame when the true culprits identities were already very evident. In America after Al-Qaeda's 9/11 attacks the weight of the blame was put on a entire race of people.

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"Post-Sept. 11 Hate Crime Reveals A 'Hurting' America." NPR. NPR, 05 May 2014. Web. 08 Dec. 2014. <>.