“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” —Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl. After 9/11 there was an increased presence of racism against Muslims. Throughout America there were many people who thought all Muslims were bad. Racial profiling after 9/11 affected society by changing the way people viewed each other.
September eleventh is the day the whole United States remembers as 9/11: the day four planes were hijacked and crashed on United States soil. Years prior to the attack, Osam Bin Laden thought that America was weak. Bin Laden believed thought that america was much weaker than what others thought. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed originally planned to blow up some of a dozen American planes in Asia in the mid-1990s but his plan failed, Khalid’s dream never went away though and it was passed over to the hands of Osama Bin Laden. Now that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s idea was in Osama Bin Laden’s hands, Khalid believed that he would finally have a chance. The aftermath of 9/11 had 2,750 people killed in New York, 184 at the Pentagon, and 40 in a field in Pennsylvania (Bergen 1).
The attacks of 9/11 released a huge wave of Muslim hatred in the united states. After the attack, not only did about 3,000 people die, but racial profiling took a new level now targeting Muslims. Racial profiling has been around as long as there have been different races. Since 9/11, people who look muslim have been pointed out and gotten alot of attention in airports. In 2012, six Sikhs ,who are often mistaken as Muslims, were shot up in a service in their temple. The rate of anti-Muslim hate crimes is about five times higher than before 2001. Many of the mosques around the country were targeted destruction and vandalism. Some government officials have made unnecessary bans of Islamic law to make fear and anger against Muslims (“History of Racial Injustice”1).
After 9/11, airports got more serious with their security. Now when traveling you must show your identification to make sure your name matches your ticket. Most travelers have to remove their shoes when they reach certain security checkpoints. All baggage must be screened. No liquids are allowed through security if it’s in a container larger than 3.4 ounces. Most travelers have to remove their outerwear while they go through screening. The Department of Homeland Security was created after 9/11 (Bergen 1).
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