One of the most well-known terrorist attacks in America was the bombing of the Twin Towers, otherwise known as 9/11. The operation was ran by an Islamic terrorist group by the name of al-Qaeda. With their new status of murdering over 2,000 American citizens, the Muslims were officially added to the top of America’s hit list. But not only did the attack pay a huge emotional toll on American citizens and families, but it also had a complex emotional, social, and economic impact of Muslim American communities.
For the past twelve years, Muslim American’s and innocent Arab, South Asian, and African Muslim immigrants have been bullied, accused of being terrorist and discriminated against due to the decisions of the al-Qaeda. Many people see them on a plane, and immediately fear for their lives that they will be blown up (1). This has made it extremely hard for Muslim Americans to go around and be themselves. Many of them felt grief and sorrow for American families as well as shame for the stereotype that was now placed on their religion to be evil.
Furthermore, not only were all innocent Muslim citizens looked at to be responsible for the damage done by the al-Qaeda, but as the United States security in airports became stricter, they were hated even more. Paranoia was also a huge reaction whenever Muslims were around. The sight of a Muslim head wrap turned people the other way as if it was a disgrace to even walk past them. This is where the emotional toll came in. Muslims still struggle to this day, even after the assassination of the leader of the al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, with being out in public, because so many people still look at them as though they are demonic creatures. This is an act of terror that changed America’s outlook on one of the most popular religious races in our country.