Doug Ghim

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The morning of September 11, 2001 is a day in the United States will never forget. Two planes were crashed into both towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. A third plane was successfully crashed in to the Pentagon, and a fourth plane attempted to target the United States Capitol Building, but missed due to a revolt from the passengers on the plane. More than 3,000 people had died, including 400 officers who risked their lives to try and save people in the buildings. The haunting images are some of the most traumatic things that has ever happened in United States’ history. Schools across the nation were closed down and sent the children home. Airlines closed down, and the nation helplessly watched as the buildings burned down slowly, waiting to hear if their loved ones have made it out alive. These attacks didn’t just kill a significant amount of American people, but it truly instilled fear amongst the nation of people in the Middle-East. 

After the plane crashes on September 11, many changes were made in society. Security throughout the country became severely strengthened, leaving no room for any possibility of attacks. Many people were afraid to ride on planes, and many different safety precautions were put into place on planes and even on buildings. However the people who dealt with the most drastic change were immigrants from the Middle-East. Suspicion amongst citizens across the country rose after the plane incidents in the Northeast. Suddenly every one with the skin color of brown was a new suspect and were not trusted. Racial slurs were often correlated with these group of people just because they may have a similar appearance. Even today they are often called terrorists, and many tasteless comedic shows or movies even make such references towards the Arab race. Every “brown” person in public was stared at, and often given dirty looks. They were often arrested out of suspicion of terrorism even though these people were innocent. Terrorism, more than anything else, created extremely negative misconceptions against Arabs and Muslims. Today, many people often wrongly accuse all Muslims of being violent human beings. More than anytime in the nation’s history, the United States were no longer willing to invite immigrants within their borders.

American society changed rapidly after September 11 in many different ways. For the first time in their lives, the Americans have been threatened in their homeland unexpectedly. The fear that blanketed the nation quickly changed the outlook on safety, protection of each and every citizen, and even the perception of Muslims in the United States. The attack on four major buildings changed America in such a way that will last in the future forevermore.

Sources:

http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks

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