9/11

Raenah Bailey Period 6

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Who, What, When, Where, Why

On September 9, 2001, two planes filled will Islamic extremist groups associated with al-Qaeda were flown into the World Trade Center in New York, New York. These were just two of the four planes that were purposely flown into a building. One other hit in Pennsylvania and the last one hit the Pentagon right outside Washington, D.C. Over three thousand people were killed as well as more than four hundred firefighters and police officers. The attackers were said to belong to Osama bin Laden's organization. Many of them have lived in the United States for a year while attending flight school while some others illegally came only weeks before the attack. They were said to be in retaliation for America's support for Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War, and its continued existence in the Middle East.

Perspective #1

This event from the perspective of a citizen, especially one living in New York City, is frightening, enraging, and frantic. Most woke up that day the same as they always have. They got up and got ready to go to work, sent their children to work, and continued life as normal. Out of nowhere, planes fly into the buildings of their city, and chaos occurs. Citizens start to either run for their life , or they go straight in. A good number of firemen and police officers attacked the scene and helped as much as they could. Nobody knew what was actually going on, and all they wanted was answers to their questions. How could this happen to us? This event was all over the news all around the United States. Everybody was aware , and it was either that citizens were suffering first hand, they knew somebody that was suffering from it, or they were just watching it from their TV.

Perspective #2

Zahra Huber has a different perspective than a typical citizen of the United States. Yes, she is a citizen of this country, but she is also a Muslim. She remembers being up that morning and seeing what was going on on the news. Her first thought was "I hope that they are not Muslim". She was worried about this because she knew she would get immediately judged and stereotyped. Huber was even told to stay off the streets just in case someone were to hurt her physically or attack her in some way, shape, or form. It made her absolutely furious. She goes on and on how not ever Muslim is the same. She was just as sad about what happened as every other citizen Muslim or not. It's the fact that she couldn't leave her house without risking her life. Huber was even afraid to go back to school (because she was in college) because of people managing to terrorize her in some fashion.

Media based bias

Media portrayed the 9/11 attacks as a terrifying event that happened to innocent American citizens. It never included the side of the terrorists or bin Laden. It never includes their reasons, but it includes the "American sob story" about how we never deserved this event to happen. This event sent everyone in shock. Nobody knew what to do. The city that never slept was sleeping. Everything was deserted, and everything was closed. You would rarely see anyone on the streets. No children went to school, and images and videos replayed over and over on the news. The news also portrayed this as a hopeless situation. There was nothing people could do. People were dying, and buildings were on fire. Everything was falling down and as the night went on, more and more casualties were listed; the number kept growing.

Criticism #1 (Cultural)

The culture of New York and even the country changed. Muslims were looked at differently. White typical American citizens stereotyped and harshly judged Muslims assuming they all had something to do with the event. They were attacked, beaten, "terrorized" in a sense, and even raped. They were so mad and infuriated with the event that Muslims were just not welcomed anymore because of the assumption of being a part of the terrorist attacks. It's the same of how after World War II when the United States enforced Japanese Internment Camps where Japanese-American citizens were taken and interrogated in order to figure out if they were associated with the Pearl Harbor bombings. It's a lot of the same stuff. Unlike what we know, you can't make assumptions like that. You can't assume by one's attire or attitude or culture that they were a part of such a terrible event. Most times out of not, they are in the same boat: terrified.

Criticism #2 (Marxist)

The event of 9/11 was under the control of the terrorist from the Al-Qaeda. They had all the power. They were flying the planes. They directly hit the Towers. They had the goal of wrecking our economy ad destroying lives. The intentions were to tear the society apart and start a war/revolution. It's said that 9/11 was an attack on U.S. imperialism, but it was misdirected and ended up killing ordinary working people. The U.S. had no control and no power hence the surprise attack. The terrorist had a plan, and they did it. The terrorists hit the towers and ended many, many U.S. citizen lives.
9/11 - 102 Minutes That Changed America

Citations

History.com Staff. "9/11 Attacks." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 01 Jan. 2010. Web. 03 May 2016.


"9/11: A Muslim American Perspective." CBS Detroit. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 May 2016.


"A Marxist History of the World Part 104: 2001: 9/11, the War on Terror, and the New Imperialism." Counterfire.org. A Marxist History of The World, 9 Dec. 2012. Web. 3 May 2016.