Terror In America?!
The Discrimination of Muslims after 9/11
The Attack That Started it All
The Aftermath of 9/11
Discrimination in Contemporary Times
The Crucible and Muslims
In Act I of The Crucible, Abigail creates fear by placing the blame on Tituba when she is questioned about what happened in the forest. Abigail says, "She made me do it! She made Betty do it!" (Miller 1045) as she points at Tituba. Abigail didn't want to blemish her name by admitting that she was taking a part in witchcraft that night in the forest, so she removed the blame from her and placed it on Tituba. She blamed Tituba who was different from the rest as Tituba came from Barbados and spoke the language. In the JFK incident, Shibly and his family were taken to be interrogated because they looked different from the rest of the people. Since they stood out, the family appeared to look like a possible threat, just like Tituba. Tituba stood out, making it easy for her to be blamed.
In Act II of The Crucible, Hale comes to the Proctor household. Once inside, Hale tells Proctor and his wife, Elizabeth, that he comes from Rebecca Nurse's home as she has been suspected of witchcraft. Proctor and Elizabeth find it hard to believe and the two had known Rebecca to be a pious women. John specifically says, "I-I have no knowledge in that line. But it's so hard to think so pious of a woman be secretly a Devil's bitch after seventy year of such good prayer" (Miller 1061). Proctor finds it hard to believe that someone who had been holy for their entire life to end up working with the Devil. He's finding it hard to believe, but isn't yet completely ruling the possibility out. Paranoia started to grow. If someone who was known for being pious could be accused, couldn't they be also? With Muslims if there is a rumor of a possible attack, the TSA is allowed to subject Muslims and those who appear to be of Middle Eastern decent to higher inspections. The agencies might believe that not every Muslim is a terrorist, but they aren't about to let the chance that one may commit an act of terrorism go away just yet.
Towards the end of Act III of The Crucible, Hale begins to realize that the court proceedings aren't fair and even claims they're evil. Hale says, "I denounce these proceedings!" (Miller 1094). Hale now begins to see that the court had been unfair to the point of wrongfully hanging and accusing people. No longer wanting to be a part of the court, he leaves saying that the court is evil for it's actions. In Shibly's case, the agent had told him, "Sorry, I hope you understand we just have to make sure that nothing gets blown up" (Huus, "Muslim Travelers Say They're Still Saddled with 9/11 Baggage"). The agent knew racial profiling wasn't the best thing to do, but that he had to regardless to avoid creating mass fear and chaos.
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